While showrunner Craig Mazin (Chernobyl) has already confirmed that the show will tweak and expand certain storylines as needed for the small screen, set photos do suggest that the events at the Boston QZ will play out similarly to the game. Below, you can see images of the exterior of the settlement as well as some of the city streets.
“Welcome” reads the Boston QZ’s outer wall, but the signs inside the settlement tell a different story. FEDRA warns “Use of Force Authorized” if citizens wander into restricted military zones, something the game’s trio learns firsthand as they make their way past the QZ’s borders. Past set photos have already shown Joel and Tess leading Ellie into the Massachusetts State House, where they’re supposed to meet the Fireflies who hired them to smuggle out the child.
The Boston QZ isn’t the only location we’ll see in the series’ first season, though. The characters will also make their way to Jackson, Wyoming, the settlement run by Joel’s brother, Tommy, who will be played by Gabriel Luna (Agents of SHIELD) on the show. Tommy is a former Firefly member who fought back the FEDRA in the Denver QZ before moving on to Wyoming to find a more peaceful life. We haven’t seen Luna in costume yet, but we know from the games that finding Tommy is one of Joel’s main motivations for continuing his journey westward with Ellie.
Below, the town of Canmore in Alberta is being prepared to be transformed into the Jackson safe zone, which was explored in a bit more detail in The Last of Us Part II.
The transformation hasn’t happened yet, but you can already see the resemblance between downtown Canmore and the Jackson imagined for the games. According to the town’s official website, filming will take place at “800 block of Main Street (Nov. 16 – 19), 800 block of 14 St (Nov. 19), the Miner’s Hall parking lot (Nov. 16), and the Engine Bridge (Nov. 15).”
While HBO’s The Last of Us isn’t due out until sometime in 2022, we’ll keep you updated as we learn more details!
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