Unprecedented records for a new series on HBO

They have even 99 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, five million viewers at the beginning of the screening.

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Unprecedented records for a new series on HBO

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On the site, the series is currently earning a very high percentage of good reviews from both audiences and critics.
The plot follows smuggler Joel and adolescent girl Ellie as they encounter hurdles in the post-apocalyptic United States of America dealing with the aftermath of a pandemic caused by a mutant fungus that turns humans into vicious zombies.

The 2013 game "The Last of Us" thrilled critics and received a Metacritic rating of 95/100, as well as a devoted following.

According to The New Yorker, more than a million copies were sold in the first week, and accolades followed. The HBO series of the same name has also seen great success, with an extraordinarily high percentage of good ratings from the audience (96%) and reviewers (99%) on the Rotten Tomatoes website, writes The Insider.

According to The Insider, the budget of the Emmy-winning producer Craig Mazin's adaptation, in which the protagonists are played by Pedro Pascal ("Game of Thrones", "Mandalorian", "Narcos") and Bella Ramsey, exceeds that of the previous seasons of HBO's successful "Game of Thrones".

Despite its success and positive reviews, the series will remain faithful to its original content.

"Telling stories other than those in the game is not in the plan," explains game designer and co-creator Neil Druckmann, as well as series exclusive producer.

The beloved game adaption earned the highest-rated live adaptation of a video game on the Rotten Tomatoes site, doing something that many video game adaptations do not.

According to the British website JOE, the film "Assassin's Creed" garnered only 19 percent of good ratings on the Rotten Tomatoes platform, and the film "Need for Speed" (22%) did not fare much better.

Five million people watched it after it premiered, making it the greatest debut on this platform since "Dragon House" in 2010.

Do you need to play a video game to watch "The Last of Us" series?

According to the BBC, this game was Sony PlayStation's best video game adaptation ever, breaking the "curse" of attempting to adapt stories from the gaming industry for television.

Is it required to first play the game in order to follow and comprehend the series more easily? According to the Washington Post, it is not.

"In fact — you don't need to know anything about video games at all," according to the Washington Post.

They go on to say that after a few episodes, there's little sign that playing the game is required to enjoy the HBO version. The show does an excellent job of explaining its core premise and does not assume a prior understanding of the game.

They do underline, however, that individuals who have played the game may be rewarded with more context and depth of comprehension.

A fungus epidemic destroys the planet in both the series and the game, taking over human hosts and turning them into zombies, with no cure. 

Post by Bryan C.