Based on the critically acclaimed video game of the same name developed by Naughty Dog for the PlayStation® platforms, The Last of Us is written and executive produced by co-creators Craig Mazin (Emmy® Award-winning creator of HBO’s “Chernobyl”) and Neil Druckmann (creator and writer of the award-winning “The Last of Us” franchise and Naughty Dog Co-President).
The Last of Us takes place twenty years after modern civilization has been destroyed by a viral outbreak. Joel, a hardened survivor, is hired to smuggle Ellie, a 14-year-old girl, out of an oppressive quarantine zone. What starts as a small job soon becomes a brutal, heartbreaking journey, as they both must traverse the U.S. and depend on each other for survival.
Available everywhere now, the official soundtrack album features score music written by they 2-time Academy Award® winner Gustavo Santaolalla and composer David Fleming for the first season of HBO’s new drama based on the critically acclaimed video game of the same name. Having scored both the original video game and its 2020 sequel, Gustavo Santaolalla builds on his previous work, expanding the intimate, guitar-driven soundscape to deliver a score as emotionally laden as the story itself.
Of the soundtrack, composer Gustavo Santaolalla says, “Creating the music for the HBO series based on the video game The Last Of Us was, in a way, an expansion of what we have developed and recorded for the first installment of the game. Once again, the emotion at the heart of the score this time driven by the vision of Neil Druckmann and Craig Mazin and by the power of this amazing story.”
“I’m so thrilled to be releasing our soundtrack for this newest chapter in the story of The Last of Us,” adds composer David Fleming. “Working alongside Gustavo has been a true honor. His music for this series is iconic, and it was tremendous fun to play within that sonic universe, while adding some new layers of madness to fit Craig and Neil’s incredible vision for this show. Even at its most aggressive, I wanted the music to feel derived from the real world – bowed steel, cracking wood – these are sounds for a civilization that has rusted and warped. I hope the fans have as much fun diving into this world as I have.”
The Last of Us airs on Sunday nights at 9PM ET/PT on HBO and is available to stream on HBO Max.