It only took 18 long months, but we finally have an official look at HBO’s live-action adaptation of The Last of Us. While September 26th may have been a normal Sunday for many, it marked the eighth annual celebration of “The Last of Us Day” for fans around the globe. Formerly known as “Outbreak Day,” the date of the observance is placed in late September as a reference to the moment the antagonistic infection reached critical mass in the game’s narrative. They used the day to also tease their biggest project yet.
The anniversary is typically accompanied by announcements and merchandising reveals from the game’s developers, Naughty Dog, and this year did not disappoint. Showrunner Neil Druckmann and a variety of others involved in the upcoming live-action series surprised the fandom with the following image:
The picture shows Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey as Joel and Ellie, the two iconic protagonists of The Last of Us. While it doesn’t give away much in the form of information on the series, the image does show just how closely HBO’s show will match the video game’s aesthetic. At first glance, it almost appears to be an actual digital screenshot. Although interestingly enough, the imagery of a wrecked plane doesn’t seem to be taken from something that occurred in the 2013 PlayStation Exclusive. It’s possible we’ve just received our first look at one of the new story moments hinted at by Druckmann after the show’s announcement. It looks like they might mix up the story once it releases some time in 2022.