Adaptations do not always turn out as we want, and when it comes to famous projects, public opinion is the first to manifest itself. In this case, the premiere of The Last of Us on HBO Max left all of us fans of the video game wanting more to see the series. Let’s review what was the first episode entitled “When You’re Lost in the Darkness”
First of all, we must remember that The Last of Us is originally a Naughty Dog video game and exclusive to PlayStation. Its first part came out in 2013 and the second part in 2020. The HBO series is based on the first part of the franchise.
It is true that there are some scenes from the first episode that do not appear in the video game, but HBO managed to keep the essence of the first thing that happens in this story. The chapter begins with an interview in what appears to be a Late Show where the guests are doctors and one of them alleges that despite the fact that human beings face different pandemics, humans always win. One of them says that if humans face a fungus, the battle would be lost. As time passes, the series is located in 2003 when one of our protagonists Joel Miller and his daughter Sarah appears.
We are in Texas, just on Joel’s birthday, when Sarah decides to give him a gift. But around Sarah things did not seem to be right, her neighbor acted in a mysterious way, and the high presence of the police in the city was not normal.
At dawn an outbreak broke out that each time continued to surprise our protagonists, people acted like zombies, and all the infected went for those who were healthy in the city, so Joel, Joel’s brother, Tommy, and Sarah, decide to flee Texas, but due to a failed plan, Sarah is shot by a military man, thinking that both Joel and Sarah were infected.
20 years have passed, the outbreak has wiped out the population and the country, the situation is a complete chaos and the fungus is out of control. However, there is a chance to end the outbreak, and that chance is Ellie, who will be another protagonist of the series. In the first episode, we notice that Ellie has been bitten before but did not transform, so she would be a fundamental piece of this battle. The chapter ends with Joel, Tess, and Ellie escaping from the FEDRA containment zone, which will start an impressive adventure that many of us have already experienced in the video game.