‘The Last Of Us’ Co-Creator Reveals The Show Almost Had A ‘Sadder’ Season Finale

*Warning: Spoilers forward for “The Last of Us”*

HBO’s hit sequence “The Last of Us” wrapped up its first season final Sunday, nevertheless it nearly completed off with a completely totally different vibe, in response to the present’s co-creator.

In a latest interview with British GQ, co-creator Craig Mazin revealed he and director Ali Abbasi have been “playing around” with a lengthier and extra dejected ending between Joel (Pedro Pascal) and Ellie (Bella Ramsey).

The sequence, based mostly on the 2013 online game, tells the story of the pair’s journey by way of a post-apocalyptic world the place a fungus turns people into ravenous flesh-eating monsters.

During the season finale, Joel and Ellie’s cross-country trek to Salt Lake City involves an in depth as they make their method to meet up with the Fireflies. Instead of being met with reward for Ellie’s protected return, the fireflies knock Joel unconscious and whisk her away to organize her for a surgical procedure that can supposedly result in a treatment.

On the opposite hand, the surgical procedure would kill her within the course of as it might require eradicating and replicating the Cordyceps which have been in her mind since start.

Joel (Pedro Pascal) and Ellie (Bella Ramsey) in “The Last of Us.”

Photograph by Liane Hentscher/HBO

In the ultimate scene, Ellie confronts Joel and insists that he guarantees her that all the pieces he stated in regards to the Fireflies is factual. Joel then lies to her, explaining that there isn’t any potential treatment. Just like the sport’s ending, Joel doubles down on his lie, vowing that all the pieces he stated is true.

“[Abbasi] had this thought of just playing out this slightly longer, sadder version where Ellie says, ‘okay,’ and then she turns and walks away. And Joel looks after her. We see the two of them walking, not really together but apart, down towards Jackson. It lingers and then fades. There was something beautiful about it,” Mazin advised GQ.

Elsewhere within the interview, Mazin detailed how the choice to honor the unique ending was finally a protected selection, primarily for many who have been aware of the supply materials.

“Everybody was like ‘what do we do?’ And there was that meta-discussion of, are the people that played the game going to be more annoyed that they didn’t get it just the way it’s supposed to be, or are they gonna be more annoyed that they only got what they had before? And then how will everybody else feel?” Mazin stated.

Last week, the favored sequence went viral after followers found an actual giraffe was used to recreate one of many recreation’s most traditional and provoking scenes: The second Ellie encounters a giraffe for the primary time.

After the episode’s premiere, followers shared their ideas on Twitter in regards to the scene, after many initially assumed that the giraffe was 100% computer-generated. Viewers rapidly realized that there was nothing simulated in regards to the towering creature.

The scene, during which Joel and Ellie meet a giraffe within the stays of Salt Lake City, was re-created utilizing a “combination of a VFX stage, scenery and location shoot with real giraffes from the Calgary Zoo,” in response to the show’s Twitter account.

Last month, HBO introduced that the drama sequence had been renewed for a second season amid the present’s large success.

Season 1 of “The Last of Us” is streaming on HBO Max.