The Last of Us has at all times strived to rejoice its authentic supply materials, the critically acclaimed videogame created by Naughty Dog, and the fifth installment encompasses a notable tribute.
In the episode, Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey’s Joel Miller and Ellie Williams encounter brothers Henry (Lamar Johnson) and Sam (Keivonn Woodard). The pair are characters from the sport that followers will acknowledge.
The siblings request Joel and Ellie’s assist with getting out of Kansas City. It was not too long ago taken over by Kathleen and her fellow resistance fighters who overthrew the federal government, FEDRA (Federal Disaster Response Agency).
While Henry and Sam are identified from the sport, there’s one other, extra delicate, reference to the supply materials that followers could not have seen. Here is every thing that it’s essential to know.
‘The Last of Us’ Game Easter Egg You May Have Missed in Episode 5
It’s no secret that HBO’s The Last of Us goes to function the sport’s authentic duo, Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson, who voiced Joel and Ellie in Part I and Part II, in new roles. Merle Dandridge performs her sport character Marlene as soon as extra.
But the fourth and fifth episodes of the drama see the welcome return of one other voice actor, Jeffrey Pierce, who was the voice of Joel’s brother Tommy. In the present, Tommy is portrayed by Gabriel Luna.
Pierce returns to the franchise to tackle a much-darker position, as Kathleen’s right-hand man, and enforcer, Perry.
The character appeared briefly in episode 4, titled “Please Hold My Hand,” and he takes on a bigger position within the fifth episode, “Endure and Survive”. He not solely helps out Kathleen in numerous, dramatic conditions, but additionally tries to steer her in a extra morally sound route in relation to her plot for revenge in opposition to Henry.
Perry is an authentic character that was created for the present, similar to Kathleen, and due to this fact his backstory is one which viewers is not going to find out about till episode 5.
In an interview with Vulture, Pierce mirrored on his new character within the present and mentioned: “I think that he meshes a lot with the themes that exist in the show, as seen in the relationship between Joel and Ellie, the relationship between Bill and Frank, and the idea of having found your purpose within this new world.
“One of the issues that was described in [writer and showrunner Craig Mazin’s] script was that perhaps he was within the navy, so I simply form of ran with that: This man was an expert earlier than the outbreak, after which was ready to make use of these expertise as he type of wandered, after which discovered his goal with Kathleen and the struggle in opposition to FEDRA.”
Pierce was additionally stuffed with reward when it got here to his onscreen counterpart Luna’s tackle Tommy. He advised the publication that the actor had performed “an amazing job” of honoring the character, and he discovered that “incredibly gratifying.”
The actor added: “Gabriel came in and honored that performance, which is humbling. My daughter looked up at me and said, ‘Dad, he sounds just like you!’ [Laughs.] It’s like, yeah, he does, but then he brings all of himself and all of his life and history to it.”
The Last of Us airs Sundays on HBO at 9 p.m. ET, Episode 5 is accessible on HBO Max now forward of its linear debut on HBO on February 12.