Show review: The Last of Us


Based on the hit-popular video game, The Last of Us, is a HBOMax tv series about a global pandemic that turns humans into fungal-human-eating zombies and destroys humanity. Survivors and friends, Joel (Pedro Pascal) and Tess (Anna Torv) are on the way to Wyoming, but end up having to smuggle 14 year old Ellie Williams (Bella Ramsey) who may be the cure to the disease.

On September 26, 2003, the pandemic hit Austin, Texas where Joel and his daughter Sarah (Nico Parker) live. That night Joel finds out about the pandemic reaching their city Sarah, and Joel’s brother Tommy (Gabriel Luna), and Joel try to escape to a different state not knowing that the disease is rapidly spreading around the world. Their plan comes to a halt when Joel gets separated from Sarah, and Tommy and Joel ends up splitting up and ending up alone. 

The strengths that The Last of Us shows is how humans would survive and the sacrifices they would have to make to stay alive. The show includes a large amount of comedic relief,  “It doesn’t matter how much you push the envelope, it will still be stationary.” – Ellie Williams. Ellie pulls out a book from her backpack called No Pun Intended: Volume Too and reads a joke to Joel while they stop for fuel. Ellie’s joke brings light to the situation from what the 2 have gone through together ; the show also includes romance, “I’ve had bad days. I’ve had bad days with you too.  But I’ve had more good days with you than anyone else.” – Frank (Murray Bartlett). Frank meets Bill (Nick Offerman) and the 2 find interest with each other from the time they have spent together over the years, and they spend this sentimental moment at the table together while having dinner. I feel that The Last of Us television show is a perfect reflection of the video game and they couldn’t have cast the show more perfectly. 

The Last of Us has very little weaknesses but the show could offer more background information on the important side characters. I think the show should be watched by people 15 years (with a parent) or older, because there is a lot of violence, gore, and some adult content. 

But overall, I highly recommend the show; it’s an amazing show to watch with friends, by yourself, and with family. If I was rating this show on a scale of 1-10, I would give it a 10!