The Last of Us

Troy Baker claims The Last of Us 2 will make fans “question everything”

Published: 3/Apr/2020 21:31

by Brent Koepp


Fresh off the shocking news that The Last of Us Part 2 has been delayed indefinitely, Joel’s voice actor Troy Baker eased the pain by dishing out details on the PlayStation 4 game’s harrowing story.

On April 3, Sony and developer Naughty Dog made the shocking announcement that The Last of Us Part 2 had been delayed “until further notice.” The hotly anticipated AAA title was put on hold due to current world events.

While the news was certainly unexpected and disappointing, the voice actor for Joel revealed new details about the game’s story. In an interview with Fandom, Troy Baker gives fans a glimpse into what they should expect for the narrative.

Joel’s voice actor reveals new story details

As seen in the game’s marketing, Ellie has shifted to the game’s main protagonist and players will control the 19-year old. However according to Baker, Joel will still “play a central role” in the title.

The actor also teased that the sequel will have revelations about established characters. “People will question everything. I want to be able to challenge their own ideas about what this game is, what this world is, who the characters are – everything,” he said.

He then explained that he hopes fans of the series go in with an “open mind” with where creator Neil Druckmann takes the story. “I want people to go in open-minded to this story, and allow Joel and Ellie to tell their story – not the story that people think that they want to be told.”

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The Last of Us Part 2 will take players to new places emotionally according to Joel’s voice actor.

The voice actor also opened up about the first time hearing the full story, and described how he was left speechless during his meeting with Druckmann. “By the end of it, I was silent — like I was sat at the feet of the greatest storyteller. It was an amazing story.”

While The Last of Us is one of the most critically acclaimed titles of all times, Baker explained the uncertainty of how some fans will receive the sequel given the ambitious direction that it takes.

“I don’t know whether people are going to like it or they’re going to hate it, but they definitely will NOT be ambivalent about it,” he said.

The Last of Us Part 2 was announced in 2016 at the PlayStation Experience, and was originally set to release on May 29, 2020. However the title’s release is now on hold indefinitely until “logistics” are figured out.

While fans will have to wait even longer for the sequel, if Joel’s voice actor’s impressions are anything to go off of, they will be in for one hell of an emotional ride. Which isn’t surprising given the first game’s brutally unflinching narrative.

The Last of Us

What we know about The Last of Us HBO TV show – cast, release date, more

Published: 25/Sep/2020 21:48 Updated: 25/Sep/2020 21:49

by Brent Koepp


Naughty Dog’s The Last Of Us is officially getting a TV adaptation, thanks to television genius HBO. Here is everything we know about it, including cast, release date, and more.

First released in 2013 for PlayStation 3 and later released on PS4, The Last Of Us is often regarded as the best zombie game of all time, as well as the best PS exclusive. It follows the story of Joel after an outbreak of the Cordyceps fungus takes over the United States. He is tasked with transporting Ellie, a young girl who is immune to the disease, across the country in hopes of developing a cure.

Following the success of the first title, Naughty Dog announced a sequel to the zombie survival action game which was released on June 19. Furthermore, television network HBO is also creating a TV show based on the series, and ND Vice President Neil Druckmann and Chernobyl’s Craig Mazin are on board to write and executive produce it.

Cast, characters & director

In March 2020, Home Box Office announced that they were taking on the project, and its first director has since been revealed. Breaking Bad and Chernobyl director Johan Renck is set to helm the pilot episode, as told in an interview with Discussing Film.

“It’s an ongoing TV series. So that’s not something that I will be able to take on to that extent, but I’m part of that series and I will be directing at least the pilot,” he said.

Not all of the cast and characters are known so far, though Joel and Ellie will obviously play a huge part. Who will be taking on their roles is currently unknown.

In a tweet on March 8, Naughty Dog Vice President Neil Druckmann confirmed that Riley from Left Behind will be in the show, as well as Tess, Maria, and Marlene.

“And now you have Ellie, Riley, Tess, Marlene, Maria, ****, and a few others!” he tweeted, blocking out another character with four square emojis. Now that Part II has been released, we know that he was referring to Abby.

On September 22, 2020, during a Reddit AMA, Game of Thrones actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau hinted that he may be portraying Joel in the upcoming series. While he didn’t outright say he was playing him, he also didn’t deny it when asked and even mentioned that he had just gotten his hands on Part II. Only time will tell if it comes true.

Release date

There’s no current release date set for the show, but considering the fact they’ve yet to announce casting, it wouldn’t be wrong to assume a release date of late 2021, or even 2022.

Craig Mazin revealed during his weekly podcast Scriptnotes that production wouldn’t start until Part II of the game had released. “We can’t start on it right away because [Naughty Dog is] still finishing up the second game, but pretty soon,” he said.

The Last of Us Part II was released on June 19, but given the current state of events, it’s unclear as to whether production for the show will start any time soon.

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The popular PlayStation 4 tile will bring its brutal story to HBO.

The plot

In March, The Hollywood Reporter reported that the series will cover the events from the first game, with the “possibility” of it delving into Part II in the future.

Whether it will continue past the events of both games is currently unknown, but speaking to GameSpot, Troy Baker, Joel’s voice actor, claimed that the show could have “three to four” seasons to match the pace of the game.

We can only hope that HBO doesn’t rush through it… *cough* like the final season of Game of Thrones *cough*