With video game adaptation The Last of Us already attracting major attention, developer HBO is making sure no one misses out. The company has just unveiled a new companion podcast aptly dubbed ‘The Last of Us Podcast’ which promises to take fans even further inside Joel and Ellie’s beleaguered universe. According to HBO, the podcast will air alongside each new episode of the series, with the first one dropping on Sunday. Best of all, the new podcast is hosted by actor Troy Baker, the original voice of Joel in Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us video game series.
Joining Troy Baker during a total of nine episodes will be The Last of Us TV series creator Craig Mazin and Naughty Dog’s chief Neil Druckmann. The Last of Us Podcast promises a “scene-by-scene deep dive of each episode” and will also see Baker, Druckmann, and Mazin spilling the beans surrounding their relationships to the game. Besides these three, it’s currently unclear whether the podcast will feature the show’s crew or other members.
As per the podcast’s official description, “Fans of the series and the game alike will have the opportunity to be flies on the wall as the trio discuss their personal relationships to the iconic game, their experience in adapting it for television, and behind-the-scenes stories.”
The first season of The Last of Us will include a total of nine episodes to be released weekly on HBO Max in the United States, while Aussie viewers will be able to catch all the action on BINGE/Foxtel. According to the creator, season one will recount the events of the first game, making sure to stay true to the source material for the most part. There is obviously some creative licence involved, however, Mazin confirmed all choices have been made under strict provisions to enrichen the story.
“Everything we did is clearly connected to the soul and spirit of the game,” says creator Craig Mazin. The series will apparently feature a lot less violence than its video game counterpart, “except for the very essential.”
As per Neil Druckmann, “One of the things that I loved hearing from Craig and HBO very early on was, ‘Let’s take out all the violence except for the very essential.’ That allowed the violence to have even more impact than in the game, because when you hold on showing the threat and you’re seeing people’s reaction to a threat, that makes it scarier.”
The upcoming TV series sees Mandalorian star Pedro Pascal dawning on the role of Joel, a smuggler tasked with getting a teenage girl named Ellie (Bella Ramsey) to safety across the post-apocalyptic US.