The news that I’ve been waiting for. HBO is adapting The Last of Us into television series. And with Craig Mazin, the creator of Chernobly, on board, it’s off to the most positive start fans of the game could hope for.

I’ve been sticking with The Walking Dead series despite the drawn out story lines, but I’m hoping that The Last of Us will add a fresh spin to the zombie genre with its mutant Cordyceps fungus infected mutants.

Arriving at the height of the zombie media resurgence, The Last of Us pushed the subgenre forward with its emotionally resonating storyline and surprising character developments and attention to detail. The game has already been praised for its cinematic qualities pertaining to its plot, design, and vocal cast led by Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson, leading fans to wonder what more a series can do for the property, particularly within a subgenre that has largely exhausted itself on the small screen thanks to The Walking Dead and zombie shows that followed in its wake.

HBO’s ‘The Last of Us’ and the Art of Adaptation

The sequel to the game is also due to feature in the series, but the game itself won’t be out until May, so everyone is pretty much in the dark there about how the story will go.

I can’t wait to see the The Last of Us hit the small screen. As one of the highest rated games ever made, it’s a truly unique game at a time when gamers were flooded with multiplayer first-person shooters.

I hope that the series features the music of Gustavo Santaolalla as well. He created the original scores for the game which are well worth a listen.