The Last of Us Star Praises HBO Adaptation, Declares it Has ‘One of the Best Hours of Television’ Ever

Actor Murray Bartlett has heaped praise on the upcoming HBO adaptation of the hugely popular video game The Last of Us, declaring that the series contains “one of the best hours of television” of all time. Bartlett, who portrays a character named Frank in the series, applauded the approach to the property and its masterful balance of zombie action with an intimate, human story.

“The scripts that I had to work with, one particular script is one of the best hours of television I’ve ever read. It’s beautiful. It’s beautifully written. There are these zombie creatures in it, but it’s tender and it’s human. I think it’s gonna be really special. I haven’t seen any of it yet, but I’m really proud of the work we did and I think it could be really, really wonderful.”

Speaking with Collider, Bartlett could barely contain himself when discussing The Last of Us. The actor, who is also known for roles in the likes of The White Lotus and Welcome to Chippendales, will play a man named Frank, who will be familiar to fans of the game, in a role that has been fleshed out when compared to its pixelated counterpart.

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While he had never played the video game, Bartlett has now done his research and continued to heap praise on the production and how they have adapted the source material into a live-action show.

“As far as I know, in my research, because I went into a deep dive on what the game is, it’s incredibly cinematic. The characters are really fantastic. It’s an amazing, complicated story with really deep themes in it. It’s an amazing creation. They’ve 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 TV. There’s an amazing cast. They’ve put a lot of love and resources behind it. I think it’s gonna be a fantastic show.”

The Last of Us Will Debut on HBO in January

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The Last of Us will follow Joel (Pedro Pascal), a hardened survivor and smuggler tasked with escorting the teenage Ellie (Bella Ramsey) across a post-apocalyptic United States. Written by Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann, with music composed by the man behind the video game’s score, Gustavo Santaolalla, the first season of The Last of Us will consist of nine episodes.

The Last of Us is a joint production by Sony Pictures Television, PlayStation Productions, Naughty Dog, The Mighty Mint, and Word Games and stars Pedro Pascal, Bella Ramsey, Gabriel Luna, Merle Dandridge, Anna Torv, Nick Offerman, Murray Bartlett, Storm Reid, Nico Parker, and Jeffrey Pierce, among others.

The release date for the first season of The Last of Us has now been revealed, with the series set to debut on January 15, 2023. The Last of Us will air on HBO in the United States, and will be available to stream in 4K resolution on HBO Max.