There are obviously MASSIVE spoilers ahead for The Last of Us TV series, The Last of Us Part 1, AND The Last of Us: Left Behind games.
First, in The Last of Us Episode 1, Sarah jokes that she got the money to fix Joel’s watch from “selling hardcore drugs,” which is a direct line from the game.
When Joel, Sarah, and Tommy are escaping, the show brilliantly put the camera in the backseat of the car, so your view is the same as it is in the video game.
And while Joel, Sarah, and Tommy are driving, they pass several things they also pass in the first game, like Jimmy’s place burning and the family on the side of the road.
Here’s Joel holding Sarah as they try to escape in the show vs. the game.
And, sadly, here’s Sarah’s death, which was created almost shot-for-shot like the game.
The moment when Joel takes a nap and Ellie remarks on his watch being broken is taken directly from the first game.
The scene with Joel, Ellie, and Tess in the abandoned hotel is a setting taken from the game, but in the game, it happens in Pittsburgh after Tess’s death. And yes, Ellie pretends to book a room in both the show and game.
Joel, Ellie, and Tess being attacked by clickers in the museum in Boston is also a scene taken directly from the video game — although, unlike the show, this isn’t the first time you encounter a clicker.
When Joel and Ellie are taking in the view of Boston, their conversation is from the first game, when they do the same thing.
Tess’s line about their luck running out in Episode 2 is pulled directly from the first game. And just like in the show, that line is what tips off Ellie that Tess is infected.
Here’s Ellie getting excited about a video game in both the show and the game, except in the series, it’s Mortal Kombat 2 instead of The Turning.
When Joel gives Ellie the set of rules she must follow after bringing up Tess, it’s something he also does in the video game following Tess’s death. In the game, this conversation happens before they get to Bill’s house.
In Episode 4, we’re introduced to Ellie’s book of puns, which is something she also carries around in The Last of Us video games.
Joel and Ellie listen to Hank Williams’s “Alone and Forsaken” in the car, which also happens in the video game. This chapter in The Last of Us Part 1 is also named after the song.
Ellie looking through Bill’s porn magazine happens almost word-for-word in the game.
While in the underground daycare in Episode 5, Joel spots a drawing of Danny and Ish. In the games, there’s a character named Ish, who you learn about only through notes that Joel finds.
When Joel acts as a sniper and tries to keep Henry, Sam, and Ellie safe while Kathleen and her group hunt them, it also happens in the game. While Kathleen doesn’t exist in the games, this group of hunters is very similar in both the TV adaptation and game.
And the truck that has “run” spray painted on the front is also seen in this sniper section of the first game.
Here’s Ellie telling Sam that she’s scared of ending up alone in the show vs. the game.
Similar to the show, Joel reveals to Tommy that Ellie’s immune in the game and asks if Tommy can take her to the Fireflies instead of him.
In Episode 6, when Ellie is reading a girl’s diary and asking Joel if this is how people really lived before, it’s exactly how the scene starts in the game, too.
And then, the conversation between Ellie and Joel where Ellie says she knows exactly what loss is was pulled word-for-word from the first game.
In Episode 7, here’s Riley and Ellie spotting the carousel for the first time, which is almost identical to when it happens in The Last of Us: Left Behind.
When Ellie and Riley take pictures in the photo booth, the moment also occurs in the DLC; however, in the show Riley and Ellie actually get the photos.
Here’s the arcade from the mall in the show vs. The Last of Us: Left Behind DLC.
Some of Riley’s final words to Ellie are taken word-for-word from the game. Most importantly, when Riley suggests they wait it out and die together in a very poetic way.
Here’s Ellie coming face-to-face with David and James for the first time in the show vs. the game:
When David begins to tell Ellie that Joel killed some of his people, the moment is almost identical to what happens in the game.
Here’s Ellie lying next to Joel after her confrontation with David in the show vs. the game.
And here’s a behind-the-scenes photo that literally looks exactly like the game moment.
Ellie’s iconic scene where she breaks David’s finger is taken word-for-word from the first game.
Joel torturing two of David’s men for information on where Ellie is being held is exactly what happens in the game, right down to Joel stabbing the guy above his kneecap.
Here’s a side-by-side of Ellie killing David in the burning building in the show vs. the game.
Joel finding Ellie after she kills David happens outside of the burning building in the show; however, in the game, the sweet “baby girl” scene occurs when Joel finds her inside, right near David’s body.
In The Last of Us Season 1 finale, Joel and Ellie seeing the giraffe is exactly what happens in the final chapter of the first game, too.
Here’s Joel and Ellie looking out at the other giraffes in the show vs. the game.
Ellie wanting to go to the Fireflies and finish what they started is so important for her character development, especially when Joel says they don’t have to. The scene is taken directly from the game.
Joel shooting up the hospital in order to take Ellie from the Fireflies also happens in the game, including Marlene’s final moments pleading with Joel.
And Joel lying to Ellie in the car about what happened is word-for-word what happens in the game as well.
Here’s a side-by-side of Joel holding Ellie after killing Marlene in the TV show vs. The Last of Us Part 1.
And finally, Ellie’s final “okay,” which says so much about the state of her relationship with Joel and the trust that has been broken, is identical to the last moments in the game.