The Last of Us ended yesterday in the United States, andHBO Maxhas released the usual video that takes us behind the scenes of the final episode (available from today onSkyandNOW).
The title, Look for the Light , mentions the slogan of the Lights , the paramilitary organization that fights FEDRA and seeks a vaccine for the Cordyceps pandemic. Not surprisingly, Ellie ( Bella Ramsey ) and Joel ( Pedro Pascal ) have arrived in Salt Lake City precisely to find Marlene ( Merle Dandridge ), head of the Lights . Ashley Johnson – interpreter of Ellie in the video game – lends her face to Anna , the girl’s mother.
The script is by Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann , the creators of the series. Directed by Ali Abbasi , the Iranian filmmaker known for Shelley, Border and the recent Holy Spider . The series will return in the future for the second season, already announced by HBO .
Meanwhile, you can see the backstage below.
The backstage of the finale
The Last of Us takes place twenty years after the fall of modern civilization, when a fungal parasite infects humans and turns them into monsters. Joel , a man hardened by the will to survive, is hired to escort 14-year-old Ellie out of an oppressive quarantine zone. It should be an easy job, but it soon becomes a dangerous and brutal journey: together, Joel and Ellie will have to cross what is left of the United States and rely on each other to escape death.
Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey lend their faces to Joel and Ellie . Gabriel Luna is instead Tommy , brother of Joel . Merle Dandridge plays Marlene , as he has already done in the video game. Nico Parker plays Sarah , Joel ‘s daughter. Also starring Jeffrey Pierce ( Perry ), Murray Bartlett ( Frank ), Lamar Johnson ( Henry ), Nick Offerman ( Bill), Anna Torv ( Tess ), Storm Reid ( Riley ) and Rutina Wesley ( Maria ). Natasha Mumba as Kim Tembo , an original character.
The authors of the series
The series is created by Craig Mazin , creator of Chernobyl and screenwriter of various Hollywood comedies ( Superhero Movie, I am you, Scary Movie 3 and 4 , the sequels of The Hangover ). Mazin wrote and produced the show with Neil Druckman , who wrote the video game. The pilot episode is directed by Kantemir Balagov , a native director of the Autonomous Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria, winner of the FIPRESCI award in Cannes for his debut film, Closeness .
Among the directors there are also Jasmila Žbanić ( Esma’s secret, The path ), Ali Abbasi ( Shelley, Holy Spider ), Peter Hoar ( Daredevil ), Liza Johnson Elvis & Nixon, American Horror Story ) and Neil Druckmann himself , creator of the game.