‘The Last of Us’ Is a Nail-Biting Masterpiece

“The Last of Us” drops on HBO every Sunday at 9 p.m. ET.

01.17.23
‘The Last of Us’ Is a Nail-Biting Masterpiece (HBO)

The new show “The Last of Us” made its debut Sunday. All over this post-apocalyptic world are the words: “When you’re lost in the darkness, search for the light.” The show does exactly this.

Co-starring “Game of Thrones” actors Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsay, HBO’s adaptation of the popular 2013 video game of the same name follows their characters Joel and Ellie as they navigate a world set in the year 2023 after it is hit by a deadly fungus, wiping out almost all life as they know it.

Even though they’re a co-star of this show, Ellie (while amazing) doesn’t feel like the star of the first episode. Nico Parker, playing Joel’s daughter, Sarah, takes the cake. She makes the first 40 minutes feel as tense as possible, as the reality of a dying world slowly sets in for the viewer.

It was a perfect slow burn of society slowly collapsing around Sarah, from the details of the news coverages, to even people turning into the zombie-like Clickers in the background. Fans of the video game will know why she’s not in the rest of the show before watching, but it’s safe to say she’ll be missed.

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This guest post is in partnership with True Star Media.

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