Series Review: The Last of Us


Eddie Odneal

The Last of Us is a thriller series based on a video game for Playstation released in 2013. It’s set in post-apocalypse America- similar to shows such as the Walking Dead. It currently has eight episodes, and it will be renewed for a second season eventually. The main protagonists- Joel Miller and Ellie Williams- are played by Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey, respectively. This show has been a smash hit, but what has made it so popular? What is so good about it?


Set in a post-global-pandemic America, a fungal infection called Cordyceps has ravaged humanity. The first episode explains this. Ellie Williams is a 14-year-old girl who is immune to the infection, and Joel Miller has been assigned to smuggle her out of a quarantine zone and across the country- and the show follows their journey through the US.


The Last of Us is emotional, raw, and has often left me sobbing. It’s intense with its fight scenes and heartbreaking with its dramatic scenes. It keeps you on the edge of your seat, and I found myself counting down until the Sundays at 8 pm when the episodes dropped. The emotion is real, and it portrays the game’s plot almost exactly. The plot is fairly simple to follow, and if you have played the video game, it doesn’t divert much, if at all. The casting is wonderful, and the acting in my opinion is Emmy-worthy. I would recommend this show to anyone that enjoys the Walking Dead, or general apocalypse stories.


With good representation, casting, plot, and acting, and it being an amazing video game adaptation, it gets a 10/10 in my book. I would recommend it to anyone who loves zombie shows, and its amazing actors boost it more.