Absolute Domination on Emmy Awards Night 1: Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey’s The Last of Us Wins 8 Emmys, Here is the Full Winners List

Pedro Pascal's HBO hit has kicked off this year's Emmy with a blast, bagging 8 wins on the first night.

Absolute Domination on Emmy Awards Night 1: Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey's The Last of Us Wins 8 Emmys, Here is the Full Winners List


  • 2023 finally witnessed video game adaptations taking the spotlight, but only one of them was a critical hit.
  • Heading into the Emmys with 24 nods under its belt, Pedro Pascal's 'The Last of Us' has rocked the first night Emmy.
  • Despite pulling off the perfect Joel in the show, Pedro Pascal has little knowledge about the game itself.
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2023 was a great year for video game adaptations, which witnessed the media triumphing on both the big and the small screen. But while The Super Mario Bros. Movie and Five Nights at Freddy’s were box-office successes, with the former becoming one of the biggest releases of 2023, they still struggled to score decent among critics.


However, this wasn’t the case for arguably the best video game adaptation so far that Hollywood has to offer, as Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey’s The Last of Us was a huge hit among both fans and critics. And unlike the other Super Mario and Freddy, The Last of Us is heading high into the awards season, with the first Night of Emmy Awards witnessing the show sweeping 8 wins.

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2023 Creative Arts Emmy Awards
2023 Creative Arts Emmy Awards

The Last of Us Scores 8 Wins at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards

Like the PlayStation title, the adaptation too was received exceptionally well and made history after attaining 24 Emmy nods, including Awards for Best Actor, Writer, Drama Series, and Director. But prior to heading into the Primetime Emmys as one of the favorites, The Last of Us didn’t fall short in the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, which kicked off last night. Throughout the night, the show garnered 8 wins, which involved Awards for Prosthetic Makeup, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, Picture Editing, Main Title Design, Special Visual Effects, and Guest Actress and Actor.

Following its domination in the technical department, which was completely deserved, fans will hope this isn’t the last of The Last of Us at the Emmys.

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A still from The Last of Us
The Last of Us (2023)

Pedro Pascal Was Left in Disbelief After Learning the Game’s Ending

Interestingly, for a show that is so true to the source material, Pedro Pascal has very little knowledge about the actual PlayStation classic. While Pascal did pick up the controller to play the game despite showrunner Craig Mazin asking the leads not to, he was unable to complete a certain level, leading to his nephews taking the controller. During his conversation with TWD Star Steven Yeun on Variety’s Actors on Actors series, Pascal was left in disbelief after Yeun spoiled the ending of the game, stating “Nothing happens. You just walk through the forest.”

 ““Are you serious?… You’ve told me more about the game than the creator of the video game.” said Pascal.

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Pedro Pascal in a still from The Last of Us
Pedro Pascal | The Last of Us

With the show heading for a second season, it’ll be interesting to see how faithful the HBO show will be to the second game, which was exponentially more polarizing than the first one.


The Last of Us is available to stream on Max.

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Santanu Roy is a film enthusiast with a deep love for the medium of animation while also being obsessed with The Everly Brothers, Billy Joel, and The Platters. Having expertise in everything related to Batman, Santanu spends most of his time watching and learning films, with Martin Scorsese and Park Chan-wook being his personal favorites. Apart from pursuing a degree in animation, he also possesses a deep fondness for narrative-driven games and is currently a writer at Fandomwire with over 1500 articles.