The Last of Us creator Neil Druckmann explains the HBO show’s timeline change

Naughty Dog co-president Neil Druckmann previously revealed that certain episodes of HBO’s upcoming adaptation of The Last of Us will “deviate significantly” from their source material. But, oddly enough, the timeline of Joel and Ellie’s onscreen adventure is also in flux.

In the game’s timeline, the Cordyceps pandemic broke out in 2013, with the main events of The Last of Us twenty years later (i.e. 2033). But in the HBO series, the events begin in 2003, with the bulk of the show’s story set in the year 2023 (as first revealed by The Last of Us. Advertising material (Opens in a new tab)).

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