The Last of Us showrunner Craig Mazin writes a heartfelt thank-you message to fans after receiving an abundance of positive feedback on the series.
The Last of Us showrunner Craig Mazin thanked fans for the kind comments and positive feedback he has received following the show’s debut on HBO.
In a post shared on Reddit, Mazin said that he was “blown away” by the feedback from fans after the series premiere of The Last of Us. Mazin said he and lead actor Bella Ramsey tend to stay off social media, though he felt the warm reception warranted a thank-you post “on behalf of myself, Neil [Druckmann], Pedro [Pascal] and Bella [Ramsey] and everyone else who worked so hard on the show.” The showrunner also said that he was “particularly pleased because [he thinks] the series just gets better and better as it goes.” He added, “I say thank you thank you thank you again for watching, and I hope you stick with us for the full run of the series.”
The Last of Us premiered on HBO on Jan. 15 and is based on the video game of the same name developed by Naughty Dog. The series stars Game of Thrones alums Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey as Joel and Ellie respectively, who are tasked with making their way across the zombie-ravaged United States in a bid to create a cure. Creator of the original game and head of Naughty Dog, Neil Druckmann, acted as a writer, director and executive producer on the series.
The Last of Us Premieres on HBO Max
The Last of Us premiere received positive reviews from critics, with some early reviews of the series dubbing it one of the “first great TV shows of 2023.” In CBR’s review, Sam Stone praised the series’ faithfulness to the original video game, though said it is “completely accessible for those unfamiliar” with the narrative. He also complimented the performances of Ramsey and Pascal, singling out the latter for excelling with the “emotionally extensive material” he was given in the premiere episode.
While the show has reportedly remained faithful to The Last of Us video game, fans have been pleased to see some parts of the original narrative expanded and updated to suit the television series format. Many commented on The Last of Us‘ expanded prologue, which fleshed out the story of Joel and his daughter Sarah before the outbreak more thoroughly. Some also were pleased to see better inclusive casting on the series — a change from the majority-white original video game cast.
The Last of Us airs on HBO and releases new episodes on HBO Max every Sunday.
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