HBO's heart-wrenching, post-apocalyptic drama The Last of Us was a hit from the first episode, and its viewership only continued to grow over the course of the first season. The story of Joel and Ellie's journey from smuggler and cargo to surrogate father and daughter has drawn in not just old fans of the critically acclaimed 2013 video game, but a completely new audience ready to experience it all for the first time.
So, how did the cast and crew manage to bring it all to life so successfully? And what are some of the fun behind-the-scenes facts new viewers may not yet know about the show and its characters? Read on to find out, and don't forget to vote up the coolest details you learn in the process.
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