The Last of Us: The Best Adaptations Are Not an Exact Copy of the Original

Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers for The Last of Us Episode 3 and mild spoilers for The Last of Us Part I.Over the course of the last several weeks since The Last of Us began airing, it has carved out a narrative path that has increasingly distinguished itself from the original game.

While it follows much of the same general narrative structure, from the very start all the way to the most recent episode there has been a sense that writer Craig Mazin is most interested in the small moments that hadn’t been fully explored until now.

There are plenty of familiarities in the overarching themes, but the way this has all been executed has been about prioritizing patience as it wanders off to find its own pockets of poetry.

This has paid off in a litany of unexpected ways as it moves beyond merely just recreating what

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