Love is a beautiful thing, especially in the bleak world of The last of us. So it’s touching to see a loving tribute from the 2013 PlayStation exclusive find its way to Craig Mazin’s HBO drama, especially when it’s an Easter egg that a developer admits is “silly.”
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HBO The last of uswhich wrapped up its first season finale episode over the weekend, takes various freedoms with the narrative of the game. Instead of going through the same story beat by beat, the television series fleshes out Joel’s character, expands Bill and Frank’s relationshipand Is Tess pretty dirty?. But while there are plenty of differences between the game and the show, a lot has also stayed the same, including one particular Easter egg that former Naughty Dog designer Peter Field added to the original. The last of us. Be warned: spoilers for the game are right below.
An adorable and ‘silly’ tribute in The last of us
Field, who now works at Media Molecule as the lead game designer for creators. dreams, tweeted earlier this week “a silly Easter egg” that was present in the 2013 game that somehow made its way into the 2023 show. The Easter egg is the name of a baseball field that Joel and Ellie stumble upon. Field (get it?) called it “Bethany Clare Field” after his wife, giving a little wink to his mistress in a rather inconsequential space.
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It seems like the folks behind the HBO series care a lot about staying true to the original game, as the field in question made its way into the show.
“Still reeling from this,” Field tweeted on March 13. “A silly easter egg that I put in the original The last of us The game has somehow survived the transition to live action television. It’s blurry, but it’s definitely there! I can’t imagine the HBO team knew that the name of the baseball field was a tribute to my wife.”
He The last of us the field is not real, but love is
The baseball field Field is talking about is in Salt Lake Citythe last location during Ellie and Joel’s trip in The last of us game. After chasing the fireflies all the way to Utah, the duo find themselves in the lush metropolitan city overrun by swamps, trees, and vines. The two navigate through some dilapidated buildings before arriving at a beautiful clearing bordered by a vibrant green field and a family of grazing giraffes. On the right hand side is a marker which, when enlarged and enhanced, clearly reads “Bethany Clare Field”.
In the last episode of The last of us season 1, titled “look for the light”, Ellie and Joel travel through Salt Lake City in what is, just like the game, the end of their journey. Without giving too much away, the duo walk into an equally beautiful clearing of grass and grazing giraffes. As Field points out, the text on the board is blurry, but if he zooms in and sharpens it, he can see his wife’s name engraved on the marker.
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This is such a moving tribute. The last of us is a devastating game, an illustration of the lengths to which people sometimes go to protect those they love. By honoring his wife with this Easter egg, he’d say Field lives up to that theme.