Jerrod Carmichael
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Check Out the 1st Trailer for HBO's The Last of Us TV Series

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Only the brave will survive.

HBO has released the first full trailer for its upcoming live-action adaptation of the popular 2013 video game The Last of Us starring Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey.

The Last of Us takes place 20 years after civilization fell due to a deadly virus that turns victims into fungus-controlled zombies.

“Joel (Pascal), a hardened survivor, is hired to smuggle Ellie (Ramsey), a 14-year-old girl, out of an oppressive quarantine zone to the Fireflies, a cure-searching organization. What starts as a small job soon becomes a brutal, heartbreaking journey, as they both must traverse across the U.S. and depend on each other for survival.”

Ellie, who is queer, and Joel form a chosen family together, as they travel across the apocalyptic world. This trailer gives us a good look at both the characters and the world they’ll be living in.

While the second game in the franchise is definitely queerer than the first, that doesn’t mean this show will be without queer storylines and characters.

In the trailer, we get a quick glance at Riley (Storm Reid), Ellie’s best friend from the Left Behind DLC. In that DLC, Riley and Ellie explore if their friendship is something more, and Riley is even Ellie’s first kiss.

Nick Offerman is playing Bill in the series, a gruff man who is the last survivor in a town called Lincoln that was overrun with zombies. Bill is gay, and his partner Frank (played by Emmy-winner Murray Bartlett), was bit by the zombies. We also get a small glimpse of Bill in the trailer.

We currently don’t know how much Bill will be in the series or how much Ellie’s queerness will be covered, but knowing that these characters and storylines will be included makes us much more excited for the show!

The Last of Us will debut on HBO in 2023.

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