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The Last Of Us Premiere Overtakes Major Breaking Bad IMDb Record

Although it is early days for The Last of Us, with only one episode having aired, the survival horror series has currently overtaken the all-time greatest TV show Breaking Bad on IMDb’s rating chart. The first episode of the Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey-led show logged a hugely impressive 95% rating among users of the movie database website. While there are still many ratings to come, and Breaking Bad obviously has a lot more aggregated numbers throughout its five seasons, it is worth noting that the Bryan Cranston series didn’t get off to a perfect start and built its rating up over time.

The Last of Us has landed with a bang, and all it has to do is keep up the momentum it started with to maintain its position as one of the greatest TV shows of all time. As a video game adaptation, that is a feat even more impressive thanks to the almost universal disappointment that has followed the vast majority of popular game-to-movie/series attempts there has been in the last 30 years. With notable exceptions such as Sonic the Hedgehog, there has been a curse attached to any attempt at bringing games to life in a way that satisfies both fans and newcomers equally.

The buzz around The Last of Us has resulted in the series debuting with one of the highest viewing volumes since 2010 on HBO Max, an all-but-perfect critic consensus, and some of the most positive reviews seen for anything by audiences. However, with expectations now set for the rest of the season, the real debate is whether the remaining episodes can live up to ever-increasing hype.

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Why Has The Last of Us Been So Highly Rated?
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When it comes to video game adaptions, the greatest misfire among those that have failed is the constant need to change the game into something that it never was. This can include creating a whole new story around the characters, changing the characters, moving the story to a modern, real-world setting, and so on. The Last of Us does not do that. Although the narrative has needed some expansion and a few minor changes to remove the “game-play” elements and tell a straightforward story, the main aspects of the show are clearly derived from the game’s cutscenes.

Pedro Pascal perfectly portrays Joel, and while Bella Ramsey’s appearance has been noted as slightly different from that of Ellie, there is no doubt that she will continue to become the perfect on-screen embodiment of the character as the show progresses. The one thing that the series must do is continue in the same vein as its opening episode. With the creative team behind it, including Neil Druckmann, having made it clear that this is a direct representation of the video game, there is no reason to think it won’t continue to hold its ratings throughout the rest of the season.


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