Warning: This article contains spoilers from HBO’s ‘The Last of Us’ and the PlayStation game
HBO is known for its iconic opening themes, with Game of Thrones, The Sopranos, and The Wire having some of the best of all time. The Last of Us has proved to be no different, with a memorable opening song and title sequence.
A scene from 1968 opens the series, as two experts are debating on a talk show whether a global pandemic could take over the world. They introduce the idea that a fungi species like the Cordyceps could take over humans and act as their hosts, which is the main premise of the series.
The opening theme debuts following the interview, so let’s tell you more about it, including where you might have heard the song before.
What is HBO’s The Last of Us’s opening theme song?
If you have played the games on PlayStation, you might recognize the opening theme song of HBO’s The Last of Us. The song is also the opening theme that accompanies the credits of the former. The song is aptly named “The Last of Us”, written and performed by Gustavo Santaolalla. He also provides the score for the HBO series, and therefore the theme you hear is a truncated version of the source material’s main theme.
You can listen to the game’s version of the song above.
The title sequence of the show follows the tendrils that have inflicted the world, as they twist and grow into buildings and forests before warping into smaller versions of Ellie and Joel. In the game, the title sequence was similar, except it was in black and white and it had an emphasis on showing how far the outbreak had spread, complete with voice-over. But, Santaolalla’s theme played nonetheless.
Will viewers get to listen to the full Last of Us theme on the show?
The version that plays in the show is 1 minute and 19 seconds long, a much better fit for a TV show intro. The full song is not much different from the TV version, as it repeats the same notes throughout.
Viewers have still not heard the full version of the theme in the show, although it was speculated that it could be played in the final episode of the season. It is unlikely, though, that we will ever hear the whole thing in the show, as it is a little over 3 minutes long. At least, there are different versions of it that play throughout the nine-episode first season.
Regardless of whether the full song ever plays in the series, Santaolalla’s score does help lift the show and establish the synergy and faithfulness a good adaptation needs. One of the positives of the series is that it feels like the games, and the music, along with the casting and production design, are a major part of that.
The Last Of Us is available to stream on Max.