The Last Of Us actor makes a bold claim about the HBO show that should attract more than just gamers and horror fans

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The viewing public is closing in two months before the HBO premiere The last of us. The highly anticipated video game adaptation is generating a lot of buzz among fans of the franchise, especially after this first trailer (which teased Clickers). Of course, the series will have to appeal to more than franchise enthusiasts if it is to be a smash hit for the premium cable channel. On that note, one of the show’s stars made a bold claim that should thrill more than just gamers and horror fans.

The last of us tote a stacked castingwhich includes Murray Bartlett, who most likely knows his roles on shows like Looking at and The White Lotusfor which he became a 2022 Emmy Winner. As evidenced by his resume, Bartlett has definitely done the trick and made some quality productions for the small screen. The veteran actor recently chatted with Collider about his work on TLoU and thought about reading the show’s scripts. And during the conversation, he said one episode in particular was “one of the best hours of television” he’d ever laid eyes on:

The scripts I had to work with, one script in particular is one of the best hours of TV I’ve ever read. It’s nice. It’s beautifully written. It’s got these zombie creatures in it, but it’s soft and it’s human. I think it’s going to be really special. I haven’t seen any of it yet, but I’m really proud of the work we’ve done and I think it could be really, really wonderful. It will be really wonderful.

That’s serious praise, considering audiences have witnessed some incredibly compelling television over the years. The last decade has been marked by prestigious series like Mad Men, The Handmaid’s Tale, You better call Saul and Succession. The actor’s statement is indeed something that should intrigue casual viewers who can still decide if they want to check out the post-apocalyptic drama series.

The notion of The last of us delivering some of the best TVs we’ve ever seen isn’t too much of a stretch. After all, it comes from the mind of Craig Mazin, who created the Emmy-winning miniseries Chernobyl. He’s joined by co-showrunner Neil Druckmann, who co-wrote and directed the two video games the series is based on. It’s also worth noting that the series has a lot of resources, as it would supposedly one of HBO’s most expensive shows since game of thrones. In the same interview, Murray Bartlett spoke about the time and care put into the production:

As far as I can tell, in my research, because I dove deep into what the game is, it’s incredibly cinematic. The characters are really fantastic. It’s an amazing and complicated story with very deep themes. It is an amazing creation. They have really beautifully adapted all of those elements into this show. It’s an incredible team. Part of the team created Chernobyl, which is another amazing piece of television. There is an amazing cast. They put a lot of love and resources into it. I think it’s going to be a fantastic show.

Murray Bartlett will play the character of Frank, the Nick Offerman’s Bill partner. The former only had a non-dialogue cameo in the original game, so it looks like their roles will be expanded in the series. Neil Druckmann took note of the changes to history, but Craig Mazin also said that it doesn’t “undo” anything of the game. Hopefully their efforts live up to Bartlett’s fiery assertion.

The last of us is set to air on January 15th and episodes will likely be available to stream with a HBO Max Subscription as well.

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