The Last of Us on Binge – Episode 1 Recap – ‘When You’re Lost in the Darkness’

The first episode of HBO's The Last of Us establishes a new world for the video game series, with plenty of differences and similarities alike.
The Last of Us HBO TV series - Episode 1 Recap - When You're Lost in the Darkness

From its opening moments, the HBO TV series adaptation of The Last of Us immediately attempts to reframe the events of the post-apocalyptic story in its own, more grounded way. Though based on the 2013 video game series by PlayStation Studio, Naughty Dog, it’s immediately clear that the show, written by Craig Mazin (Chernobyl) and Neil Druckmann (creative director on The Last of Us video game), aims to focus more on the emotional drama and human conflict of the story.

In this recap of The Last of Us Episode 1, we’ll recount and reflect on the events of the show, and provide some light analysis and context in regards to how well the HBO adaptation handles and portrays its interpretation of this story, and how it compares to the original video game.

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Edmond was the founding managing editor of GamesHub. He was also previously at GameSpot for 13 years, where he was the Australian Editor and an award-winning video producer. You can follow him @EdmondTran