Neil Druckmann, co-creator of The Last of Us, explains that the character of Henry is voluntarily less experienced to mark clearer distances between his morals and that of Joel.
Those of you who enjoy the TV series of The last of us and you’ve played the original Naughty Dog title, you’ll see firsthand that HBO’s adaptation for the small screen takes time. creative freedoms from the source material, either to delve a little deeper into supporting characters or to surprise fans of the game with some unexpected new twists. As for the characters, one of those who changed the most from the video game is Henry, who was deliberately transformed into a calmer person and, in general, a pacifist, make a difference with Joel.
Neil Druckmann and Craig Mazin, co-creators of the game The last of us And showrunner of the series respectively, explained Henry’s new personality in a podcast focused on handling various aspects of the series’ fifth episode. “We needed Henry to be able to fight and kill with you in-game,” says Druckmann. “We tried to give Henry some in-game morality that even Joel wouldn’t have., like a part where Sam (Henry’s brother) tries to steal a toy from a toy store, and Henry says, “No, we just take what we need and nothing else.” And it was a way to separate them,” adds the creative.
“Then again, since we don’t need Henry to kill, there’s this nice choice of, like, ‘I’ve never killed anyone.’ I think that immediately separates him from Joel. Do you understand why Henry is so dependent on this man who just saw a lot of people get killed?“.
“The last of us It’s an excellent series that perfectly encompasses all the elements that made the video game of the same name so important in its time. It is a deep and existentialist drama, which deals like few others with the survival of the human being in difficult times, as well as the importance of love or decisions in dark times. The work of Neil Druckmann and Craig Mazin was able to transcribe the story of Joel and Ellie with fidelity and competenceintroducing us to this unlikely couple, whose shattered reality forces them to face up to who they are and how far they are capable of going to preserve what gives meaning to their lives,” we conclude in our full review.