First look at Amazon's Fallout series finally shows off its Ghouls

First look at Amazon's Fallout series finally shows off its Ghouls
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Tom Chapman

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28th Nov 2023 15:19

Live-action video game adaptations are everywhere these days, with everything from The Last of Us to Halo getting the TV treatment. While movies like Uncharted and Five Nights at Freddy's have hit the silver screen, there's something about seeing these epic stories spill out over multiple weeks. 

Amazon has bagged itself the rights to Bethesda's Fallout franchise, with the Wasteland being the perfect backdrop for a post-apocalyptic series. It's fair to say Fallout fans are protective of the IP, but thanks to our first look at the live-action series, our hopes are high it'll be the next big thing.

First Fallout photos show off live-action Ghouls

Vanity Fair has the scoop on Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy's Fallout series, as the Westworld showrunners get ready to tackle a very different world. We've previously seen that shaky Fallout trailer that was leaked from Gamescom, but now, there's an official peek inside the vault.

Aside from New Vegas' The Courier, Fallout games have never made a big deal about their protagonist. Still, Ghouls are some of the most iconic NPCs we've come across, with John Hancock, Dean Domino, and Ghoulrilla being just a few.

The Hateful Eight's Walton Goggins plays the most mysterious character, confirmed as a gunslinger simply known as The Ghoul. Although he's apparently got a code of honour, he also had a ruthless streak, described as "the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly all rolled into one."

Having existed for hundreds of years, The Ghoul is a central figure of Fallout. He'll excitingly feature in flashbacks to centuries ago. Back then, The Ghoul was a father and husband called Cooper Howard.

"Walton's equally adept at drama and comedy, which is so difficult," says Nolan. "There is a chasm in time and distance between who this guy was and who he’s become, which for me creates an enormous dramatic question: What happened to this guy? So we’ll walk backwards into that."

Describing The Goul as our guide and protagonist to the times before, Nolan says he's now the "antagonist at the end of the world."

Fallout gives Vault Boy an origin

Walton Goggins as the The Ghoul in Amazon's Fallout series
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As well as seeing Power Armour suits in live-action and Yellowjackets' Ella Purnell as Lucy (the presumed protagonist), the article has some interesting details on what else we can expect. Importantly, we're getting a Vault Boy origin story.

The cartoonish Vault Boy has become synonymous with Fallout, and according to Bethesda boss Todd Howard, his origin was "something that they came up with that’s just really smart." Place your bets that it's some tragic story about the Vault-Tec founder's deceased child.

Coming to Prime Video on April 12, 2024, Amazon's Fallout is at least ambitious. Whether this will be the next The Last of Us or just another disappointing adaptation akin to Netflix's Resident Evil, we'll definitely be tuning in to see the bombs drop in 2024.

Tom is Trending News Editor at GGRecon, with an NCTJ qualification in Broadcast Journalism and over seven years of experience writing about film, gaming, and television. With bylines at IGN, Digital Spy, Den of Geek, and more, Tom’s love of horror means he's well-versed in all things Resident Evil, with aspirations to be the next Chris Redfield.

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