Whereas the unique The Final of Us solely briefly touched on life earlier than the fungal outbreak, HBO’s live-action take will give us extra of a take a look at the before-times.
The Final of Us opens up in what was the current day in 2013, giving us a tiny take a look at Joel and his daughter Sarah’s life at the beginning went to hell. However for essentially the most half it centered on the post-apocalyptic future, with the one prolonged flashback being within the sport’s DLC, Left Behind, and that was after the virus had wrecked the states, extra taking a look at Ellie earlier than her time with Joel. In a latest interview with IGN, nonetheless, Gabriel Luna, the actor portraying Joel’s brother Tommy within the HBO present, stated that we’ll be seeing extra of the Miller household within the present than within the sport (thanks, Eurogamer).
“We get to discover a variety of the moments earlier than the inciting incident… We get to see them be a household for a short while,” Luna stated within the interview. “These moments simply when every thing remains to be regular had been a variety of enjoyable and likewise crucial to the story to ascertain, you understand, what this little household seems to be like after they’re not combating for his or her lives.” Tommy can be in that opening scene, however once more we do not see a lot of what he was like earlier than the contaminated had been rampant.
Neil Druckmann, one of many administrators of the primary sport, additionally famous that the present will happen in the identical 12 months as we’re at present in (2023, for individuals who won’t be checking their calendars). Showrunner Craig Mazin additionally made observe of this in an interview with TechRadar, with a purpose to make the present really feel only a bit extra actual.
“I’ve this factor about leaping into the longer term,” Mazin stated. “I really feel like, if I am watching a present and the 12 months is 2023, and the present takes place in 2043, it is just a bit much less actual. Even when I am watching a present in 2023 and it takes place in 2016, it is rather less actual.
“So I assumed it is likely to be attention-grabbing to only say, ‘Hey, look, on this parallel universe, that is taking place proper now. That is taking place this 12 months.'”
HBO’s tackle The Final of Us is ready to launch January 15, so we’re just about precisely per week out from seeing if the factor is any good or not.