The writer of the TV series The Last of Us, Craig Mazin, has confirmed the number of episodes that the first season will include, also specifying that three or four of them are already scripted. Details continue to emerge about the highly anticipated adaptation of the video game, based on two of the most acclaimed PlayStation games of all time. The Last of Us follows Ellie and Joel, who will be played by Bella Ramsey (Game of Thrones) and Pedro Pascal (The Mandalorian), respectively, on their journey through a post-apocalyptic and decimated the United States. The Cordyceps virus has taken hold of the majority of the population, turning people into clickers, zombie-like monsters, vicious in their thirst for blood.
Despite this, the story of Ellie and Joel is the emotional core of The Last of Us and this helped propel the games to critical success. Filming for The Last of Us has already begun, with Nico Parker as Joel’s daughter, but it is still unclear when the series will air. While HBO has remained silent on what the series has in store, Neil Druckmann, creator of the games and co-creator of the series, has stated that The Last of Us series will directly adapt some elements of the game while avoiding others in favor of a more rational story suitable for television.
How Many Episodes Are In The Last Of Us Season 1?
This simplified story will be contained in ten episodes for the first season, revealed Craig Mazin in the Scriptnotes podcast. The producer also revealed that three or four of the scripts were completed for the first season of the series, but Mazin did not reveal which part of the game the first season will cover. In addition, Mazin told the podcast that there will be five directors for the ten episodes.
With so much to cover, it’s hard to say when The Last of Us season 1 could end. The series will want to flesh out Ellie and Joel’s relationship on the road for at least a few episodes, highlighting the fact that Joel sees Ellie as a kind of surrogate girl after the tragic death of hers in the first moments of the game. This establishment of the relationship would make any cliffhanger at the end of Season 1 much more impactful, so expect Ellie and Joel to have left Boston and find themselves in the desolate lands of the United States for at least a few episodes.
With such a vast plot in The Last of Us and its sequel, HBO (Succession Season 3) has enough material for at least four seasons, if not more. The Last of Us Part II is a much larger game than the first, which involves several other characters and covers much more ground in terms of story. It also brings a heartbreaking conclusion to the story started in the first game, while leaving room for a potential sequel. No matter where The Last of Us Season 1 ends, it’s certain that long-time fans of the game and newcomers to the series will be delighted.