We can hear fans of the video game preparing for battle already, but before you take to the internet to slam HBO’s upcoming zombified adventure: Yes, the creators of the show are making a few changes to the source material — which is a risk. And The Last of Us has been not-so-subtly hailed as the greatest video game of its generation, and redefined the entire industry’s concept of what a narrative-based game looked like. It stands to reason then that fans of the games would be incredibly protective over something that in their eyes is, well, perfect.
In a recent interview given by Nico Parker, the young actress tasked with playing Sarah Miller, she couldn’t agree more. She understands the massive responsibility she has to the game as she attempts to play one of the story’s most crucial characters, but also points towards the shared, real-life pandemic context as it informs the HBO series.