The Last of Us games are full of moments that have stuck with fans for years. While we don’t know how many of these iconic scenes will make it into HBO’s upcoming live-action adaptation, we now know the show will include a pretty faithful recreation of one of The Last of Us’ most memorable action sequences.
In recent weeks and months, fans have been sharing photos and videos from the set of HBO’s The Last of Us series. As production of that series ramps up, the set leaks are becoming more and more elaborate. Recently, a popular Twitter account that compiles some of those set leaks posted a behind-the-scenes video of a recent filming session that seemingly confirms that the upcoming show will attempt to replicate a classic Last of Us moment as closely as possible.
Judging by the clip, the live-action adaptation will faithfully feature The Last of Us’ famous ambush sequence that sees Joel and Ellie driving around in a truck before being approached by a seemingly injured man. Just like in the game, that man turns out to be a bandit trying to rob them (try to be surprised). So, Joel drives forward, dodges bricks and bullets, and eventually crashes into a store before engaging in a firefight. The Twitter post even shows another vehicle with a camera mounted on top driving in front of Joel’s truck, which implies that when this episode airs, this scene will primarily feature several clips of Joel’s truck from the front.
Even though that scene appears to be largely faithful to the game, it isn’t 100% accurate. For instance, in the live-action adaptation, the bandit dives out of the way of Joel’s truck, but in the game, Joel runs into him with fatal results. Also, I can’t help but ignore the state of the vehicle in the clip. In the game, Joel’s truck is rusted and ill-kept, but in the show, it looks fairly pristine. This apparent oversight is odd given the adaptation’s attention to detail when it comes to Ellie and her clothes. Maybe the effects team is planning on adding a little post-production grime to key sequences?