Looking back at The Last of Us: Did the show need more brutality?

what’s left of us It overcame the heavy challenge of adapting a video game into a show, and it delivered outstandingly with one of the best first seasons we’ve ever seen. Every decision the show makes – whether it be or not copying full scenes from the game or the actors of the play taking part in newly discovered roles – included a carefully curated storytelling built around honoring the source material while introducing us to a new series of Joel (Pedro Pascal) and Ellie (Bella Ramsey). And the more daring decisions the show made to move away from the game’s canon and redesign certain (fan-favourite) scenes actually made things even better, despite everyone’s initial concern.

During what’s left of us changed some stories, Including Bill and Frank’s and even cause of cordycepsOne unique way the show built its own character was to downplay the violence and brutality of the game. Yes, the show had its fair share of violence, but it was far less gory than the show. what’s left of us‘ Gameplay. This may have been disappointing to some, but it was an incredibly smart decision that made the show’s mockery of violence and brutality even more important.

show writer Craig Mazin explained(Opens in a new tab) He was worried that the endless scenes of brutality would numb the audience. The violence in the show would be expected if it were to copy every ounce of the original gameplay, including having to repeatedly hit your way through NPCs (non-playable characters). The deliberate decision to reduce violence created scenes such as: Joel’s displays of more animalistic aggression are far more surprising and significant.

Seeing Ellie’s occasional moments of violence made her a little (well, a lot) scarier.
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Reason Joel’s torture scene in episode 8 it was so heart wrenching and shocking because the show was partly Never he introduced us to this aspect of him earlier and left us room to expect better from him. Needless to mention in every episode, if we had seen early on all the bloody violence Joel was capable of, the torture scene wouldn’t have made as big of an impact or made fun (just the right amount) of who Joel was. to be final. become aware of hostility what’s left of us and its characters, but keeping it isolated was ultimately a saving grace for the show – maintaining excitement level of the game without the risk of compassion fatigue.


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Even downplaying the brutality of the play by altering scenes, such as Joel being stabbed in the game as a result of him. falling off a platform and landing on a metal nail(Opens in a new tab)did not stray from any intended shock factor. We all felt the same “oh no” when Joel turned around to reveal that he had been stabbed. And other scenes, like Ellie finding a human ear under a table in David’s (Scott Shepherd) mansion, teased him with just the right amount of blood without compromising his (or our) fear. We didn’t need to see David dismember a body. as in the game(Opens in a new tab), to understand what Ellie is about to go through and who she’s dealing with. Ultimately, the wildcard decision for a dystopian, post-apocalyptic show Negative enjoying blood and gut kept our focus characters.

A man and a young girl smile at each other as they stand on a leafy balcony.

It’s all about these two.
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what’s left of us not about pop the bulgesAbout Joel and Ellie. Minimizing Joel’s violence down to a scene of extreme tunnel-vision aggression gave us important insight into the scope of his character and what he could become for the people he loves – something that wouldn’t have been so shocking if we’d seen it in every episode. . Likewise, keeping the show’s bloody violence limited meant we could better understand Ellie as well. We’re allowed to see Joel’s reactions to his hostility in turning-point moments rather than constant, forgettable strife. We remember her initial charm in the pilot episode, where her fierce side almost came into action, and then her anger towards him in the finale. She realizes that Joel has failed her.. Keeping violence under control meant we could really do it. To see Pinpoint the moments that were effective for Ellie and her.

Although disappointing for some, what’s left of us‘ was the right decision to turn his violence into something rare rather than a spectacle. We all love a good, gruesome fight scene, but that wasn’t the point of this season. The real draw was watching Joel and Ellie something is going on newsomething that both could be if they wanted to – and that’s it ultimately means next season for them.

what’s left of us now airing on HBO Max(opens in a new tab).

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