There is little doubt that The Last of Us was going to get a truly successful premiere. After all, fans have been waiting for the live-action series adaptation of the Naughty Dog game for a long time. Still, it's clear that Neil Druckmann and Craig Mazin were nervous about Episode 1 but now the showrunners are thanking viewers for all the positive reactions to When You're Lost in the Darkness.
"And exhale! Pedro, Bella you had big shoes to fill. You delivered and then some! Couldn’t be prouder! Craig… you’re okay, I guess (thank you, thank you, thank you… ) And thank you all for the kind words. We read everything! The journey is just starting!" Druckmann wrote.
Craig Mazin also took time to thank fans on Reddit.
"THANK YOU for all the wonderful reactions and passion you've shown for the show. Honestly, we're all blown away over here, and I'm particularly pleased because I think the series just gets better and better as it goes... so THANK YOU ALL," he wrote.
Mazin also revealed that he had made a deal with Ramsey that they wouldn't be on social media but felt that he needed to reach out to the fans.
"Bella and I promised each other we would stay away from too much social media, because we have a tendency to give too much attention to the negative voices, but there is so much positivity right now, she granted me one-time permission to do this," he wrote before expressing his gratitude to the viewers.
"On behalf of myself, Neil, Pedro, Bella and everyone else who worked so hard for so long on this show, I say thank you thank you thank you again for watching, and I hope you stick with us for the full run of the series," Mazin wrote.
But just how successful was the first episode of The Last of Us? It was previously reported that HBO crashed as subscribers tried to tune in for the premiere. Needless to say, it's a great start for the new series.
The Last of Us Episode 1 is now streaming on HBO Max.