The Last Of Us Series Has A Cameo You'll Never Spot
Well, those early previews weren't wrong, were they? We're only one episode into HBO's The Last of Us series, and already, Craig Mazin's series is living up to its moniker as the best video game adaptation of all time.
Warning - spoilers for The Last of Us ahead
While 2013's The Last of Us packed a lot into its playtime, the live-action series takes things even further. The first episode fleshed out the tragic backstory of Sarah Miller (Nico Parker) and set the scene for what looks like a truly great adaptation.
Although there have been some grumbles about the casting, the first episode made it clear the likes of Pedro Pascal, Bella Ramsey, and Anna Torv have been perfectly cast. Still, we know a few familiar faces from the games will be stopping by.
The Last Of Us Has Some Secret Cameos
Original voice actors Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson have landed lucrative roles, with Johson reportedly playing Ellie's mother and Baker playing the villainous cannibal, James. Tommy actor Jeffrey Pierce is playing a new creation called Perry, while Merle Dandrige reprises her role as Marlene in live-action.
The game alumni don't end there though, as Twitter account Naughty Dog info confirms that voice actors Misty Lee and Phillip Kovats have returned to voice the female and male Clickers in the nine-episode series.
We're yet to see much of the Infected, but if you look VERY closely in the final shot, we see our very first Clicker. The same Twitter account confirms that we see a Clicker atop a building in the ruins outside of the Boston quarantine zone.
Craig Mazin Was Hiding In The Last Of Us
The surprise cameos don't end there, and much like how The Mandalorian creator Dave Filoni popped up in his own series, eagle-eyed fans might've been able to spot Mazin in The Last of Us episode 1.
Erik Voss confirms that the soldier who shot Sarah was actually Mazin. It's only a minor role, and as you know by now, the unnamed soldier is quickly dispatched by Tommy (Diego Luna).
Just one episode in, and we're already diving deep into the lore of the games and beyond, as The Last of Us is an Easter egg hunt through the end of the world. Roll on the next eight weeks - we guess Neil Druckmann is hiding in there somewhere.