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HBO Giving ‘The Last of Us’ a Bigger Budget Than ‘Game of Thrones’ Proves They Don’t Want To Repeat GoT Season 8 Debacle

HBO Giving 'The Last of Us' a Bigger Budget Than 'Game of Thrones' Proves They Don't Want To Repeat GoT Season 8 Debacle

The Last of Us is one of the most loved games and the upcoming series starring Pedro Pascal has also been highly anticipated amongst the fans. Ever since the news of the show being picked up by HBO Max was released, fans have been getting ready for what the adaption has to offer. There have been reports of the budget for Last of Us is more than that of various seasons of Game of Thrones.

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The Last of Us

The budget is bigger than that of the first five seasons of Game of Thrones, proving just how promising the series might be and just how much faith HBO Max might have in the show. While this does give a positive light on the show, it also adds a big responsibility on their shoulders.

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The Last Of Us Could Be Bigger And Better Than Game Of Thrones

The Last of Us will be seeing Ellie and Joel, as played by Bella Ramsey and Pedro Pascal take on their roles much like that in the game. The focus of the series will be similar to that of the game, the art of survival. The budget has been kept absolutely massive at about $100 Million, perhaps in an attempt to avoid what a successful TV series like Game of Thrones could derail.

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Pedro Pascal in The Last of Us

Something that Game of Thrones suffered from was its dependency on the budget for CGI as well as a focus on its characters, a balance that was able to be managed for the first few seasons. This, however, was not as easy by the end of it as the focus began shifting from what the books had established. Story and characters were not the priority and it was instead to utilize the bigger budget with better animation. The character development of many of the individuals in the show had been slowly drifting and by the end of it, their personalities were reduced to one-liners and cheap shots.

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The Last Of Us Will Avoid A Downfall Unlike Game Of Thrones

Having a bigger budget allows for the show to be at its best when it first airs and the improvement within the show will only start from a higher scale. The series has an amazing cast, story, and producers all enthusiastic about introducing their work to the world. Not only that but the series is also said to be right out of the game, with scenes and emotions that would connect with the audience almost immediately.

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Joel Miller with his daughter in Last of Us

The show offers a lot in terms of designs and locations focusing on a post-apocalyptic world surrounded by zombies. This would allow for a more interactive experience as viewers will be able to recall locations that they encountered within the game and how they will be recreated in the show. The budget will give room for the zombies and other creatures to stand out in already established locations that too would be mesmerizing in their own way.

The Last of Us’ first episode will premiere on HBO Max on 15th January 2023.

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Source: The New Yorker

Written by Adya Godboley

An avid writer fluent in everything Marvel, Adya Godboley is a content writer for Fandomwire. She is currently doing her Bachelor's of Arts in English Honours. Adya likes to read a lot and it would not be a surprise to see her spend her entire day playing Genshin Impact. Her articles range from Marvel, DC and movies to Mental Health Awareness.