Breakdown and Easter Eggs from HBO's The Last Of Us

Breakdown and Easter Eggs from HBO's The Last Of Us ...

The Last Of Us Episode 3 is now available on HBO and HBO GO (HBO Max in the United States) and you may see them in their entirety here.

Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann produce The Last Of Us, a critically acclaimed video game with the same name that Naughty Dog developed exclusively for PlayStation platforms. Production companies include PlayStation Productions, Word Games, The Mighty Mint, and Naughty Dog.

The Last Of Us is set 20 years after modern civilization has been ravaged. Joel, a hardened survivor, is hired to smuggle Ellie, a 14-year-old girl, out of a harsh quarantine quarantine zone. Both must travel the United States and depend on one another for survival.

Pedro Pascal as Joel, Bella Ramsey as Ellie, Gabriel Luna as Tommy, Anna Torv as Tess, Murray Bartlett as Frank, Melanie Lynskey as Riley, Merle Dandridge as Marlene, Lamar Johnson as Henry, Graham Greene as Marlon, and Ashley Johnson and Troy Baker play the roles.

We were lucky enough to be the only Malaysian media to interview Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann, Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey, Merle Dandridge, and Gabriel Luna, all of whom were kindly reviewed by HBO Asia.

Spoilers ahead:

Easter Egg from Mortal Kombat 2

Ellie discovers a Mortal Kombat 2 arcade game.

The Last Of Us Part 1 (Left Behind DLC) for PS5 and PC has a Mortal Kombat 2 reference as well; a poster is shown.

Ellie and Riley play a make-shift arcade game inspired by Mortal Kombat in the sequel to The Last Of Us Behind Us.

Bill and Frank are in love.

In the original The Last Of Us game, Bill (Nick Offerman) was one of Joel's friends. In the HBO series, we get to see his background as well as Frank's (Murray Bartlett). Frank is Bill's romantic partner, but he does not technically appear as a character in the game because players will discover his body (he commits suicide after discovering that he's infected).

Joel and Bill meet in person.

The Death of Bill and Frank Isn't Like the Game

Bill and Frank choose to put their lives on their own terms after getting married and spending their final day together.

I believe that Bill and Frank's story in the HBO series is superior to what happens in the game. When Joel and Ellie meet him, Bill learns that Frank did not only kill himself after being infected, but also that he loathes him (Frank left a suicide letter for Bill).

Excelsior, please have a nice week!

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