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Pedro Pascal as Joel in 'The Last of Us'

Streaming platforms have it increasingly difficult to get faithful. Not all of them manage to hit the exact key so that their series and movies remain in the viewer’s memory. Nor are they right to choose which is the best ‘modus operandi’ when it comes to offering their content: better all the episodes at the same time or perhaps one weekly. Only a few manage to stand out. HBO Max seems to have achieved this goal the last few months and, after releasing a hit ‘La casa del dragón’, ventured with ‘The Last of Us’that This Monday premieres the last chapter of its first season.

The truth is that ‘The Last of Us’ started with an important ‘hype’ (publicity hype, a strong expectation against something new) before its premiere. But played with advantages and disadvantagesboth caused by the same factor: It was the adaptation of a best-selling video game applauded for his narrative, without this being something typical of the sector.

On the one hand, he had everything going for him so that the millions of followers of the same wanted to see the adaptation to television. For the other, those same players were going to be the most critical with the seriéfila version, and so it has been.

Some have thought a very good adaptation to the video game, saving the episodes that have gone off the script. Others, however, they don’t quite agree with those variations. The toughest have even criticized the casting, but that’s another matter.

‘The Last of Us’ has several very positive points. It is a series that does not reveal anything new, but plays with something that allows it to stand out from the rest of the ‘zombie’ and dystopia stories.

They also play an important role here. those who have never played the video game They didn’t even know of its existence, they started from scratch and everything was new from the beginning, perhaps a more objective audience who has valued, uniquely and exclusively, history and its production.

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But at this point, Has the fiction lived up to expectations?

‘The Last of Us’, the best adaptation of a video game?

First of all, it is important to highlight how the series is seen from the prism of those who have not played the video game. From this context, it is perhaps daring to venture to say that it is a good adaptation of it. However, for this to be the case, it is necessary that, at least, it has something as essential as who is behind the original: Neil Druckmanwho has written and produced the game, also co-writes the fiction. Not only that, criticism has qualified what’s new on HBO Max like The best adaptation of a video game in history.

Just based on the story as fiction, as well as the production, ‘The Last of Us’ is already one of the stars of the season -and it’s only been two months since the year began-. It’s without doubt that HBO Max has bought a project that will give you -and is giving- a lot of joy.

Pedro Pascal as Joel in ‘The Last of Us’HBO Max

‘The Last of Us’ has several very positive points. It is a series that does not reveal anything newthat is, everyone has seen or heard of movies like ‘World War Z’ or ‘I am legend’, as well as series like ‘The Walking Dead’, and every movie buff has been immersed in apocalyptic scenes and desolate and devastated territories. To these completely dystopian scenarios are added political regimes, usually led by fascists and whose citizens show exercises of endurance. All this is also in the latest jewel of HBO Max.

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Yes indeed, play with something that allows you to stand out from the rest: creates in the public the feeling that it could happen and that causes fear, but also viewer addiction. Not all, obviously, the most egregious cannibalism and the mushrooms on the heads of those who get infected do not seem very realistic, but it is talk about a fungus that does existhe Cordycepswhich is even sold in capsules in herbalists.

An image of a person infected by Cordyceps in the series 'The Last of Us', which premieres its last chapter on HBO Max this Monday
An image of a person infected by Cordyceps in the series ‘The Last of Us’HBO Max

After what they experienced during the covid pandemic and knowing that the fungus exists -but it only affects insects- they manage to get into these bugsinvading its mycelium, replacing the host’s tissues and, finally, manipulating its behavior-, shows glimpses of reality

Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey

But not only that, it fills in the cracks left by the video game and that make fiction stand out. That is to say, covers new plots and develops them more in depth. A series, a priori, about a hecatomb, talks about sexuality, acceptance, vindication, love and horror, trying to the best and worst of humanitywhich can sometimes be more cruel, even, than a flock of zombies.

Fiction has also served to see the exquisite chemistry and talent of the leads, Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey, as well as the necessary contribution of each of the characters that appear on stage. But, above all, to get to know the 19-year-old actress a little more, who achieved full recognition of her when she turned 12 yearsgiving life to the relentless Lyanna Mormont in ‘Game of Thrones’.

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Bella Ramsey as Lady Mormont in 'Game of Thrones'
Bella Ramsey as Lady Mormont in ‘Game of Thrones’HBO

In his role in the story of dragons -in which, by the way, Pedro Pascal also conquered with his Oberyn- he already dazzled the public due to the claw he showed at just over ten years old. Now, that of Nottinghamshire (United Kingdom) continues to demonstrate that She is a great candidate to win the Emmy Award for Best just have to see the chapter 8 of ‘The Last of Us’ to defend this idea (the following video contains spoilers).

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All these are elements that have made fiction one of the essentials of the season and yes, it is a real ‘boom’, why? It has achieved what no other fiction from the audiovisual giant has achieved -‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘The House of the Dragon’ either-: spectacular audience growth in a single season.

The fiction of the Targaryens, Lannisters and company got an average viewership of 6.86 million viewers -how many users see the fiction on the opening day is measured-, going from 2.5 for the first installment to 11.99 for the last one. The eighth episode in the history of the pandemic was watched by 8.1 million viewers, which implies a growth of 74% compared to the first episode. It also surpasses the highly acclaimed ‘Long, Long Time’, which achieved 6.4 million.

Second season of ‘The Last of Us’

This Monday the last chapter of the first installment has been released, but it will not be the end. The platform announced when only two episodes had been released that the series had been renewed for a second season.

Bella Ramsey and Pedro Pascal in 'The Last of Us'
Bella Ramsey and Pedro Pascal in ‘The Last of Us’HBO Max