The end of The Last of Us series honored the game, and the fans are happy since the entire project was so faithful to it. However, he was very close to including a change and not just any, but one that could have angered the fans and even affected the events of The Last of Us: Part II a bit.
SPOILER: The note talks about the highlights of The Last of Us and slightly the foundations of The Last of Us: Part I and The Last of Us: Part II, as well as the end of the TV series. Therefore, if you have not played or seen these projects, we invite you to stop reading.
The HBO production successfully recreated the events for which fans fondly remember The Last of Us game. However, there was also room to incorporate unprecedented details and utterly new story arcs far from what was seen in the game.
HBO'S THE LAST OF US WAS GOING TO HAVE A LONGER AND SADDER ENDING
One would imagine that the ending would be untouchable, given its relevance in the game, but those in charge of the project had the idea of modifying it in mind.
According to Craig Mazin, the main person in charge of the project, the idea of the change was put on the table by Ali Abbasi, director of the last two episodes.
This creative imagined an ending very similar to the game, precisely the last sequence in which Ellie and Joel are seen after the van stopped working, near Jackson. But it would be "longer and sadder", since after Ellie accepted Joel's answer, she would turn around and walk towards Jackson.
Joel would go after her then, with a considerable distance between them, but together. Then the scene would fade.
WHY WAS THE ALTERNATE ENDING OF HBO'S THE LAST OF US DUMPED?
Clearly, this isn't a mod that would insult the original game in the first place, but it would be one that could not only leave fans disgruntled but it would somewhat affect what we saw in The Last of Us: Part II, but we won't go into those details.
Therefore, in the end the team decided to stick to the original, not without confessing that there was a lot of conversation about what should be done and acknowledging that there was "something beautiful" in this discarded ending.
"We were all like, 'what do we do?'" Mazin said in an interview with GQ. "And so we were like, are the people who played the game going to be angrier that they didn't get the ending that they were supposed to be, or are they going to be angrier that they got [the ending] than they did before?"
Mazin says that "there's something very specific" in the original ending that culminates in him getting close to Ellie and not knowing what happened next.
"Is she separated from him? Does she walk with him? How does she feel?" Mazin expressed. "That moment she's permanently suspended."
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