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Review of THE LAST OF US series – You all got me to finally watch something scary

Well, well, well… You all finally got me to watch something with zombie-like creatures (or very similar) and scary. This is also by the way my biggest fear, not the dead coming back but some type of virus or fungi causing people to attack other people. I have heard about the game for The Last of Us, but as I don’t play video games I was safe from seeing this or having to deal with the scary. But, when the show first started popping up in everything, and my close friend being in love with Pedro Pascal. I had to give up the good fight and finally watch the show, although I had conditions. One, it has to be after all the episodes are out, I am not waiting a week or more for more scary and tense moments. Two, it will be watched only in the daylight, not going to give myself nightmares or freak myself out anymore then I already am. Third and final condition, I would be brave and watch the whole thing without looking away. 

The tv series is based on the video game of the same name, about the collapse of society on earth due to a fungal infection (pretty much mushrooms growing out of people). The infection takes over the person’s body (yes they are aware to a point, but can’t do anything) and then starts attacking others who are not infected yet by biting them. The story follows Joel and Ellie as they travel to figure out a cure (Ellie is not affected by the fungal infections) and get to Joel’s brother (finding him and saving him). There is so much more to the story than just this, and it is all so so good.

I finally sat down and binge watched this show, one reason is because I lost count of my friends harping on me to watch it. Main reason, Pedro Pascal. Anyway, it took me about three days to get enough time to watch the whole first season. I loved it, but honestly I kept thinking more awful stuff was going to happen. So I never believed in any happiness when it showed itself in the show, except when Joel finally smiles in the last episode. That smile brings miracles.

The storyline, and believability of the fungi were explained and moved at a good pace for a tv show setting. At times things moved very fast, but I was able to understand and follow along with the show, despite never playing the game and going in with no knowledge of the story plot. The makeup and special features team did a great job showing the different stages of infection for the fungi taking over a person, reminding me of watching the older Syfy show, Face Off (which was amazing to learn from). The actors also played very raw, desperate, scared, and resolved emotions for each of their characters who were put in the worst situations (I think I would die right away, just from fear of the world collapsing).


Photograph by Liane Hentscher/HBO

My favorite part of the show was the resolve to make it through for our main characters, Joel and Ellie. There are so many hard choices both of them have to face, and then live with as they continue on. In the final episode, Joel has to make a choice. One that would have many struggling with to just choose, and then live with the guilt. But, for Joel there isn’t a choice, only action because there is no hesitating for him on this. This right here was my absolute favorite moment in any show I’ve watched (even better than his smile earlier), because of how much you can get behind his resolve and conviction. 

I can not recommend The Last of Us on HBO more, even me, a person who does not do scary things at all (or any type of zombies, like AT ALL). I think everyone should give this show a chance, even if it’s not your normal genre (it wasn’t mine either). It could surprise you by how much you want to see this journey for these two, and what the ultimate outcome could be. I’m already re-watching the show to pick up the things I missed the first go around, and have committed to playing the game that it was inspired by with my friends. 

The full season of The Last of Us is now streaming on HBO Max.

Are you going to watch the show? Have you already? Feel free to leave a comment below or chat with us on Twitter at @TheConCollectve!

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Ali Raphael
Ali Raphael
Ali is a professional workaholic but likes to add more to her plate by reviewing comics/books/ tv shows/movies and anime. In every other waking moment, she breathes books, manga and anything Marvel. Every day she wishes she was a Part-Time Avenger, instead of a full-time Target employee.

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