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‘The Last of Us’ HBO series first image released

By Kara Santos Published Sep 27, 2021 11:41 am

HBO has released the first look image from the television adaptation of The Last of Us, one of the most popular and critically acclaimed video games on PlayStation.

The image from the series shows Pedro Pascal's Joel and Bella Ramsey's Ellie in the post-apocalyptic world made famous by the PlayStation exclusive of the same name.

The highly-anticipated series is being led by Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin and video game series director Neil Druckmann.

While we don't get to see the faces of the characters, Joel and Ellie's outfits and backpacks look very authentic to the video game and even include the pins adorning Ellie’s backpack, showing the attention to detail put in by the team.

Druckmann reshared the same image on Twitter, expressing his excitement for the show: “When I first saw them on set in full costume, I was like: "Hooooooly shit! It's Joel & Ellie!” Druckman also teased more udpates to come from their projects.

It's been previously confirmed that the first season will adapt 2013's The Last of Us hit survival video game where players took on the role of Joel, a smuggler who must transport Ellie, a teenage girl across a post-apocalyptic US where order has completely collapsed. 

The first look image shows a fallen airplane on a hill on the horizon to depict the post-apocalyptic setting. While there was no scene with an airplane in the first The Last of Us game, the series will reportedly "deviate greatly" in some of its episodes. The first season will consist of 10 episodes.

New merch for TLOU Day 2021

The first look image was released on Sunday, September 26, on the occasion of The Last of Us Day, which marks the anniversary of the fictional cordyceps outbreak in the video game series.

In line with TLOU Day 2021 celebrations this year, video game studio Naughty Dog announced that pre-orders were open for a limited edition The Last of Us Part II: Covers and Rarities vinyl featuring exclusive artwork by Dani Pendergast, and a special message from Druckman who is The Last of Us Part II’s director.

The special release, which includes tracks sung by Ashley Johnson (Ellie) and Troy Baker (Joel) and guitar by Chris Rondinella, is available exclusively on Mondo’s website.

The studio has also released Joel’s rendition of “Wayfaring Stranger” and Ellie’s serenade of “Take On Me” globally on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, Tidal, and all major global streaming outlets.

In partnership with Dark Horse Direct, the studio also announced a new, limited edition 14.25” Joel statue from The Last of Us Part II available for pre-order until Oct. 29 at 5 p.m. PST via Dark Horse’s website and will ship May–July 2022.

Hardcore TLOU fans can also get some stunning brand-new merch going up on the PlayStation Gear Store including a waxed canvas backpack, a Stormtech Waterfall Insulated Rain Jacket with a laser engraved patch, Taylor straps and picks, Abby's W.L.F Bomber jacket, and more.

For those who have yet to play the video games, pre-existing merchandise will see a 20 percent off discount through Sept. 30 on the PlayStation Gear Store and The Last of Us Remastered, The Last of Us: Left Behind and DLC will see a 50 percent reduction on PlayStation Store through Sept. 27. 

(Images via HBO/Naughty Dog)