The Last of Us Pilot Episode Review

The Last of Us Pilot Episode Review

HBO Asia invited us for a special advanced screening of the HBO Original drama series The Last of Us last week and honestly, I am excited to marathon the entire series once it’s out.

Series Info:

The Last of US is a nine-episode season that will stream starting on January 16, 2023 Monday on HBO Go.  The series is based on the critically acclaimed video game of the same name developed by Naughty Dog exclusively for the PlayStation® platforms, and is written and executive produced by Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann.

The plot is a post-apocalyptic that took place 20 years after modern civilization has been destroyed.   The entire story revolves around the game where the mission is to safely transport/smuggle a 14-year old girl out of the oppressive quarantine zone.

Series cast includes Pedro Pascal as Joel, Bella Ramsey as Ellie, Gabriel Luna as Tommy, Anna Torv as Tess, Nico Parker as Sarah, Murray Bartlett as Frank, Nick Offerman as Bill, Melanie Lynskey as Kathleen, Storm Reid as Riley, Merle Dandridge as Marlene, Jeffrey Pierce as Perry, Lamar Johnson as Henry, Keivonn Woodard as Sam, Graham Greene as Marlon, and Elaine Miles as Florence. Ashley Johnson and Troy Baker also star.


What I think of it?

People asked if they would enjoy the show even if they don’t know about the game.  Would they relate ?  Would they understand the series?  The answer is Yes, Yes, and Yes.    I have not played the game as I don’t have a PlayStation and honestly, I am not a gamer but the show is so relatable and engaging that you won’t even think it was based on a PlayStation game.

I hardly cover my eyes for a drama series, but this one made me do it.  While it may start slow for others but it was a good way to introduce the main character and get you in the reason for it all.  What starts as a small job soon becomes a brutal and heart-breaking journey as they both must traverse the U.S. and depend on each other for survival.

Watching it on the big screen added more feel to it but I have a big TV so I hope to get the same edge-of-my-seat  feels while watching this at home.

The Last of Us  

Stream or download The Last of Us on HBO GO. Subscribe to HBO GO online  at or the mobile app via the App Store or Play Store. Or access HBO GO via Cignal, Globe and Skycable. HBO GO is also available on Android TV, Apple TV, LG TV and Samsung Smart TV – and comes with AirPlay and Google Cast functionality.

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