And now we're left with a Joel and Ellie-sized hole not just in our Sunday evening television schedule, but in our hearts.
So, to help ease the pain, here are 26 behind-the-scenes facts to keep you afloat.
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From Pedro Pascal forgetting he was cast in the show, to on-set temperatures so cold the actors had a hard time even SPEAKING, to inside jokes so disruptive they halted filming.
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Speaking with Radio Times, Joel's original voice actor Troy Baker revealed that Joel's iconic line during the fight between him and Ellie in Episode 6 was cut at the hands of Pedro Pascal. In the game, Joel warns Ellie, "You are treading on some mighty thin ice here," but according to Baker, Pascal didn't think it fit the show. "Pedro was like, 'It just doesn’t feel right for me to say that. It feels forced.' The confidence to be able to say that and the confidence on [the creators' part to change it]. That’s what I love."
"It became very, very clear very quickly how much people love the game," Pascal told Entertainment Tonight. "That was scary. ... People's relationship to [playing the game] is a deep one, and we want to expand on that, meet expectations, surpass expectations...and also honor what was originally there. And um, we're exhausted."
In a behind-the-scenes featurette from HBO, we learned that before the scene in Episode 5 where the infected coming pouring up from out of the ground, they took part in a movement bootcamp lead by Terry Notary who worked on Planet of the Apes. And talking about the benefit of working with actors vs. CGI models, he said, "When you have a human being playing these characters, you really get the subtleties that are so hard for animators. It takes them forever to recreate it."
"We would show up for each other and balance out one another's anxiety by laughter," Pascal shared with Sony. "Very contagious, inappropriate, shoot-delaying laughter, that [Bella] wants to play innocent on, and then I was always blamed for." The interview devolves into the two of them fighting back and forth about who was making the other laugh the most before they ultimately blame Anna Torv who played Tess in the first two episodes. "We had to kill Tess just to make it through the days without laughing," joked the show's co-creator Craig Mazin.
"Well, a few things fell off the costume truck and somehow ended up in my bag," Luna joked to HBO Max. "One of which being a beautiful belt buckle that was made by an 85-year-old craftsman there in Calgary, Alberta." He also took a pair of custom-made boots made specifically for him by the Alberta Boot Company
Jeffrey Pierce told the Direct that, "There have been a couple of different iterations over time. There was a movie at one point. There was a motion-capture cinematic animated series at one point." I'm sure any version would be amazing, but I'm sure glad we got the one we did!
The show was renewed for a second season back in January, but recently, the game and show's creator Neil Druckmann confirmed to GQ the adaptation of The Last of Us Part II will be "more than one season." And it appears there might be some surprises in store for us in the seasons to come. "Some of the stuff I'm most excited for [in Part 2] are the changes we've discussed and seeing the story come to life again in this other version. And I think it's exciting because it leans into those feelings you had from the game, really heavily, in a new way."