The Last Of Us On HBO: Craig Mazin’s Letter By Steven Spielberg

HBO’s faithful adaptation of The Last Of Us was compelling and heartbreaking, ruthless and gritty, and stands to collect any number of a potential twenty-four Emmy nominations. The numbers are staggering, the viewership figures equally so. To top off a highly successful year, a written letter from Steven Spielberg is about the highest praise one could receive for their work on the series. Craig Mazin, who’d previously helmed the sleeper hit Chernobyl in 2019, was worshipped by the director for his work on “Long, Long Time.”

“That was pretty awesome,” Mazin told The Wrap. “I think for all of us — myself, Peter Hoar, Neil, Nick, Murray — we’re talking about a lot of middle-aged people who grew up being inspired by Steven Spielberg and continue to be. I just think he’s incredible. I don’t know how anyone could direct, generally speaking, better than Steven Spielberg has done over the course of a career.”

“It’s just astonishing to me. And so to get any kind of praise from him, much less praise like that, was mind-blowing to us all. I was giddy and shared it with great excitement with everybody,” Mazin added.

Mazin has received two nominations for his work on The Last Of Us. The first is for writing the Bill and Frank-centric story, and the second as a producer in the Outstanding Drama Series category. The episode expanded on Bill and Frank’s relationship, establishing original events unseen in the source material, while a review by FlickLuster considered the story “one of the greatest episodes of television ever made.”

The Last Of Us stars Pedro Pascal, Bella Ramsey, Anna Torv, Nick Offerman, Murray Bartlett, Nico Parker, and Storm Reid. The showrunners behind the HBO series are now closing in on a casting choice for Abby

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