The video game adaptation curse has officially ended with the arrival of the first episode of “The Last of Us.” “Detective Pikachu,” “Sonic the Hedgehog” and “Mortal Kombat” all started chipping away at the curse, but the new show from HBO Max has plowed through it like a truck flying through a group of infected.

In “The Last of Us,” the world has been plagued by a fungal pandemic that turns people into brainless cannibals. Twenty years after the scourge began, Joel Miller (Pedro Pascal) is enduring by trading goods with shady characters and performing disturbing tasks. But he is given a chance to be humanity’s savior when entrusted to protect Ellie (Bella Ramsay), a young girl immune to the infection.

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