A new behind-the-scenes photo featuring Bella Ramsey, Pedro Pascal and Anna Torv shows off The Last Of Us’ impressive apocalyptic set design.

Warning! Spoilers ahead for The Last of Us episode 2.

The Last of Us star Bella Ramsey has shared a new behind-the-scenes photo from Episode 2 that highlights the show’s practical set design to create the apocalypse. Based on the video game series Naughty Game Playstation, HBO’s The last of us premiered last week to strong reviews from critics and a large viewership. The series follows Joel (Pedro Pascal) and Ellie (Ramsey) as they navigate a post-apocalyptic version of the United States, twenty years after a deadly fungus decimated the population and turned untold thousands into flesh-eating infected creatures. The last of us Most recently aired episode 2, which sees Joel, Ellie and Tess (Anna Torv) avoid hordes of infected as they traverse the city of Boston.


While The last of us episode 2 features some intense fight scenes and a brutal character death, a new visual Ramsey shared on Twitter proves that things were much more relaxed behind the scenes.

The photo shows Ramsey with Pascal and Torv standing in front of some overturned and overgrown abandoned vehicles. While the foreground features some impressive practical set design, the Calgary, Alberta, city skyline in the background proves that the production also relied heavily on visual effects to bring the show’s post-apocalyptic vision of Boston to life.

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How The Last Of Us Nails The Apocalypse

The Last of Us Episode 2 Overgrown Capitol

The last of us video games are widely praised for their portrayal of post-apocalyptic America and layered characters, and the show so far has been no different. After a stunning sequence showing the outbreak of the Cordyceps infection and the ensuing chaos, The last of us jumps forward twenty years and fleshes out an oppressed world where Joel lives in one of the last remaining quarantine zones under authoritarian rule. Instead of quickly showing as much of the world as possible, the show keeps everything rooted in character, following Pascal’s reluctant hero, now a hardened survivor of his daughter’s death, as he puts together an escape plan.

While Episode 2 further expands the show’s world and shows how degraded society has become since the Cordyceps outbreak, much of the action remains surprisingly intimate. The last of us episode 2 features some stunning set pieces and visual effects-heavy moments, but it remains focused on the dynamic between Joel, Ellie and Tess. Much of the show’s impressive world-building actually happens through Ellie, a 14-year-old. As a teenager who has never known life outside of the apocalypse, Ellie’s amazement at seeing the inside of what used to be a fancy hotel taps into what life is really like for her in the new world and also helps to break down Joel’s suffering exterior.

As demonstrated by Ramsey’s latest behind-the-scenes photo, The last of us also excels in mixing practical effects and visual effects. Practical set pieces, like the overturned, vine-covered cars, help make the show’s post-apocalyptic America feel real and tactile, an essential element when it comes to getting the audience invested in the world. Already proving very impressive just two episodes in, The last of us is sure to build out its post-apocalyptic world further in the coming episodes as Joel and Ellie continue on their perilous journey.

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