Fans of the 2013 action-adventure game The Last of Us were all ears when actor Pedro Pascal was asked about the upcoming TV series while he was at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival in Austin, Texas, this past weekend.
Pascal was fielding questions on the red carpet about his latest film, The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, when he took a question about the series, which is set to debut on HBO next year.
When asked if the set of The Last of Us was “covered in Clickers and spores” (more on that later), Pascal answered in the affirmative and described the “amazing” time he is having shooting the series in Canada.
“It’s totally harrowing, and I don’t know if we’ll make it,” Pascal said. “But it will be completely worth it [if we don’t].”
For those of you who are not familiar with The Last of Us, the game follows a smuggler named Joel who is tasked to escort a teenage girl named Ellie to safety through a post-apocalyptic America where man-eating monsters roam free. Pascal is playing Joel in the series, while actress Bella Ramsey (Game of Thrones) is playing Ellie.
Clickers is the nickname given to humans who are in the third stage of a fungal infection that has rendered them blind. Although they are unable to see, Clickers make a clicking sound to help them navigate – hence the nickname. Spores are the means in which infected humans can continue to emit the disease to others once they are dead.
As for his character, Pascal confirmed that he does “know what happens to Joel” in the series, and only expands on his answer by adding that he “may not even make it to that.”
Let’s just hope Joel has enough gas masks and Molotov cocktails to survive the first 10 episodes of Season 1.