The apocalypse, ultimately, would be damn awful. I know that episode three of The last of us showed us a beautiful love story, strawberries and all, but you can call this wonderful moment an exception. Because if a world infected by dangerous, infected with cordyceps the monsters weren’t scary enough, the people didn’t stop killing each other either.
In episode five, a rebel army led by a rebel leader, Katherinewants to kill an informant named Henry (played by Lamar Johnson Since The hate you give), and his younger brother, Sam. Their story is the darkest we’ve ever seen The last of us—and one of the most difficult to adapt from the original video game. Changing the location from Pittsburgh to Kansas City for the HBO series, showrunner Craig Mazin worked on the story of the two supporting characters in a two-episode arc, which sees them helping Joel and Ellie as they cross the country.
Along with a larger story for Henry, HBO also changed Sam’s background to be younger and deaf. The crew travels through the city’s underground tunnels until their fateful encounter with Kathleen and the monstrous fungal beast known as “Puffy,” but the scene plays out a little differently in the game. After reaching a bridge that will take them out of Pittsburgh, the group is shot. Joel and Eillie jump off the bridge into the water to escape, catching up with Henry and Sam after washing up on a beach. Eventually they reach the sewer tunnels, fight off some infected, and arrive at the scene in episode five with the sniper. Just like in the series, Joel goes around the back, kills the sniper and takes his rifle. He takes out the infected as they arrive to terrorize Ellie and Henry – and the four eventually escape.
In the morning, Sam attacks Ellie – it turns out he was infected during their getaway. Henry shoots him before committing suicide. The moment of the game is just as devastating as it was in episode five. “I understood the pressure and the importance of this moment, but I also didn’t want to make a carbon copy,” said actor Lamar Johnson. Squire. “I didn’t want to completely emulate everything the actor did in the game. I wanted to play him the way I thought he would – and my processes and how I would get there … and that’s shocking to him. I think If there’s one word I can describe this whole moment, it’s just shock.”
Readers, I have to tell you: after losing Tess, Bill, Frank, Henry, And Sam, I just want Joel and Ellie to make friends without fatal consequences. Is it too much to ask?
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Josh Rosenberg is an entertainment writer living in Brooklyn, keeping a steady diet of one movie a day; his past work can be found on CBR, Spin, Insider and on his personal blog at Roseandblog.com.