A video taken on the set of The Last of Us teases a scene possibly involving the Hunters. HBO’s upcoming Last of Us adaptation stars a couple of Game of Thrones alumni — Pedro Pascal, who appeared in season 4 as Oberyn Martell, a.k.a the Red Viper, and Bella Ramsey, who joined the fantasy series in season 6 as the fan-favorite Lady Lyanna Mormont. With Pascal and Ramsey leading the cast, the HBO show also features Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Gabriel Luna in a starring role.
Based on the 2013 video game of the same name developed by Naughty Dog, HBO’s Last of Us adaptation follows a smuggler named Joel (Pascal) who is tasked with escorting a teenage girl, Ellie (Ramsey), out of a quarantine zone and across a perilous post-apocalyptic United States swarming with aggressive creatures known as the infected. The show is adapted to the screen by Chernobyl‘s Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann, the latter being the creative director for the video game series. Since beginning production in July 2021, there have been countless looks at the Last of Us set across various locations in Canada teasing the tone and scope of HBO’s adaptation.
As the show continues filming, the latest behind-the-scenes look comes via @TheLastofUsTV on Twitter. The two-minute video shows a scene being filmed in Calgary as a convoy of military vehicles proceeds through the streets surrounded by a crowd chanting “Freedom!” and “F*ck FEDRA!” Watch the video below:
Since this scene is not lifted directly from the games, it’s unclear what exactly is taking place or what this could mean for the show’s worldbuilding. The crowd’s chant is aimed at the Federal Disaster Response Agency, an oppressive government entity from the games commonly referred to as FEDRA. Considering the coordinated nature of the protest and their anti-FEDRA chant, this particular scene likely depicts the show’s version of the Hunters, a vicious gang that preys upon unsuspecting survivors in and around Pittsburgh.
During a memorable cutscene from the games, Joel and Ellie encounter the Hunters who try to trick the duo by feigning an injury. However, at that point in the games, the Hunters have already extricated FEDRA from the city, so there would be little reason to hold a protest against them in the streets. Therefore, this scene is in all likelihood a flashback to a time when FEDRA was still present in Pittsburgh. Hopefully, future looks at The Last of Us reveal more about the context of the situation.