We don't really know much about Joel Miller before the events of The Last of Us. Sure, in the prologue we got a look at his house in Texas, where he lived with his daughter Sarah. He was into construction, and she liked football, and Tommy was there too. But that's about all we knew about Joel before Outbreak Day, which changed everything, and as a result, everyone. However, it seems we might soon see more of that side of Joel, as HBO's adaptation will focus on it a bit more than the games did.
In a conversation with IGN, Gabriel Luna, who plays Tommy in the show, mentioned that the show will portray a bit more about the characters' lives before the outbreak. "We get to explore a lot of the moments before the inciting incident… We get to see them be a family for a little while," he said. "Those moments just when everything is still normal were a lot of fun and also very important to the story to establish, you know, what this little family looks like when they're not fighting for their lives."
We didn't get to see too much of Sarah and her relationship with Joel in the prologue of The Last of Us. The events of Outbreak Day kick off almost immediately after the two have a small conversation. It appears that we will now be able to see what kind of relationship Joes shared with his daughter – who will be played by Nico Parker – and how it will evolve to his relationship with Ellie. We can also take respite in the fact that since Neil Druckmann has worked closely with the show, the relationship between Joel and Sarah will be what we didn't get to see in the game.
Another change that the show will be making is how the virus will spread. While in the games, we've seen the virus spread via spores, the TV show will be using another method. "In the world that we're creating, if we put spores in the air, it would be pretty clear that they would spread around everywhere and everybody would have to wear a mask all the time and probably everybody would be completely infected by that point," said executive producer Craig Mazin in an interview.
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