The Last of Us

  • First episode date: January 15, 2023 (USA)
  • Networks: HBO, Sky Deutschland
  • Based on: The Last of Us; by Naughty Dog
  • Editors: Timothy A. Good; Mark Hartzell; Emily Mendez; Cindy Mollo
  • Genre: Post-apocalyptic; Drama; Thriller

'The Last of Us' is a truly remarkable televisual odyssey that pioneers a blend of thoughtful characters, a chilling setting, and thrilling plotlines. 

Characters – Familiar Faces in Unfamiliar Settings

Undeniably, the wonderfully rounded characters, portrayed by an A-list cast, are the heart of this series. Pedro Pascal, the versatile actor from Mandalorian and Wonder Woman 1984 leads the ensemble as Joel, displaying diversely calibrated nuances of his character. Bella Ramsey, known from His Dark Materials and Game of Thrones, as Ellie pulls off an astoundingly mature performance for an actress of age 14. They are complemented by a talented cast, including Gabriel Luna as Tommy, Merle Dandridge as Marlene, and Anna Torv as Tess.

Plot – A Spine-tingling Journey

The quest of a hardened survivor and a 14-year-old girl, who might be humanity's last hope, forms the spine of the storyline. Frank and Bill, portrayed by Murray Bartlett and Nick Offerman, respectively, add a different layer as survivalists in their isolated town. Storm Reid as Riley and Jeffrey Pierce as Perry add to the intrigue as the inhabitants of a quarantined area.

Captivating Performances

Almost every performance in the show is outstanding, but it’s the chemistry of Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey, hinting at a complex and heartfelt relationship, that serves as a compelling core. Nico Parker's mature portrayal of 14-year-old Sarah, Lamar Johnson, and Kiervonn Woodard as Henry and Sam, brothers hiding from a radical movement, are also captivating.

The Devil is in the Details - Scenery & Aesthetics

Imagery and ambiance play huge roles in this post-pandemic world. From the isolated town of Frank and Bill to the wilderness of Wyoming (home to Graham Greene's Marlon and Elaine Miles' Florence), every corner of this world feels lived in and realistic, heightening the immersive experience. 

Production Team – Crafting the Masterpiece

The brains behind this thrilling ride are Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann. They've penned memorable dialogues and complex characters while sticking to the overall tension from the original video game. The executive producers, including Carolyn Strauss and Evan Wells, have brilliantly captured the essence of their previous successful projects, making the show a riveting ride.

In summary, 'The Last of Us' is a moving and enthralling story of survival, leading viewers to navigate the depth of human resilience through expertly crafted characters and compelling narratives. It’s not without its small flaws, but, by and large, it delivers a quintessential post-apocalyptic experience. The Last of Us makes an impressive landing on the small screen and is a must-watch. Change the channel at your peril.


  • Excellent ensemble cast; 
  • Engaging storyline; 
  • Captivating character dynamics; 
  • Authentic and immersive setting; 
  • Stellar writing and production. 


  • The plot can feel slow-paced at times; 
  • High levels of intensity may not appeal to all;
  • Certain characters could use further development.