Pedro Pascal (L) and Bella Ramsey star as Joel and Ellie in HBO’s “The Last of Us.” (Photograph by Liane Hentscher/HBO)
ORLANDO | Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights is bringing captivating video game and television series “The Last of Us” to life in a new haunted house slated to join the amusement park’s lineup for this year’s annual horror celebration.
Guests who dare to wander through this house will follow the path of the game’s protagonists, Joel and Ellie, as they navigate a post-pandemic world in which a viral fungus has spread from human to human, transforming them into what becomes known as the Infected.
Visitors will face the Infected, as well as other popular locations from the game, such as The Hotel Grand and the Pittsburgh Quarantine Zone.
“We are excited to bring ‘The Last of Us’ to life in a terrifying haunted house that is true to the spirit of this popular video game featuring our heroes, Joel and Ellie, Clickers and more,” Lora Sauls, Assistant Director, Creative Development and Show Direction at Universal Orlando Resort said.
“The world inside the game offers a multitude of suspenseful and horrifying opportunities to provide guests with a one-of-a-kind experience that can only be found at Halloween Horror Nights,” added John Murdy, Executive Producer of Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood.
“The Last of Us” features multiple LGBTQ+ storylines, which were expanded upon in the series’ first season on HBO. The first focusing on main protagonist, Ellie, who has two same-sex love interests over the course of the two video games.
The second is gay couple Bill and Frank, portrayed by Nick Offerman and Murray Bartlett in the critically acclaimed third episode of the series, whose heartwarming story is characterized by the men learning to trust, love, sacrifice and eventually, be at peace with each other.
Tickets are now on sale for Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood, which will begin Sept. 7 and run on select nights throughout September and October. The event offers multiple ticket options, including General Admission, Universal Express, After 2 P.M. Day/Night and more. Ticket information can be found here.