Pedro Pascal, the actor who plays Joel in HBO’s The Last of Us series, has expressed opposition to changing the character’s fate in the show’s adaptation of the second game.
Despite fans’ love for the actor, many are hoping that the writers will deviate from Joel’s death at the beginning of the game. However, showrunner Craig Mazin has stated that the source material does not constrain him and co-creator Neil Druckmann, and they are open to changing the storyline.
During a recent interview with Esquire, Pedro Pascal stated that it wouldn’t make sense to follow the first game so closely and then deviate so drastically from the source material. Pascal opposed changing Joel’s future, indicating that staying true to the game’s story would be essential.
Similarly, Bella Ramsey, who plays Ellie in the series, also expressed reluctance to see any significant changes in the plot. She admitted that she wasn’t emotionally prepared to see Joel’s death on screen if it were to happen.
The Last of Us series has been a massive success, and HBO has already renewed it for the second season, which will adapt Part II of the game. The writers have already revealed that adapting the second game will take more than one season, so they may create new side stories to postpone Joel’s death.
However, given the immense scale of the live-action adaptation, it could take years before the story of the second part concludes on TV.