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Troy Baker (original Joel) says The Last of Us doesn’t really have villains

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HBO’s The Last of Us is its new record-breaking steamroller; surpassing television ratings and viewership records with every new episode. The season 1 finale approaching very soon, while the fans are still reeling with the after-effects of the traumatic events Ellie (Bella Ramsey) just went through. The video game’s original Joel actor, Troy Baker, also played a role in the penultimate episode, and he thinks that the game doesn’t really have villains.

How Troy Baker prepared for the role of James in episode 8?

In a recent interview with The Verge, Baker explained how he got into the mindset of playing James in episode 8. He explained, “The beauty that I got with James is there’s more to explore because, in the game, it’s not a James-forward story. In this version, we got to kind of explore who he is, and that’s still the job that’s put to the actor — to come up with your own backstory.”

 

How the villains in The Last of Us are different than other franchises?

He continued, “For me, it was who is this person, and how is he not a villain? That’s the first challenge that I have because I don’t think that anybody is a villain. We’re all the heroes of our own story. So how is James a hero? To me, he’s doing exactly what Joel does, which is to ask “how can I best look after those that I care about?” And he’s a pragmatist; he’s not a violent person.”

When does The Last of Us Season 1 finale air?

The Last of Us Episode 9 titled “Look for the Light,” is the conclusion to season 1. The finale will air next Sunday, March 12 at 9:00 p.m. EST.

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Sayantan is a keen follower of everything pop culture; from films, shows, anime to video games and latest memes. He started writing professionally for Wiki of Thrones during the 2021 lockdown, and has been developing his writing and editing skills ever since. Sayantan has since worked for several reputed firms, such as Collider and FandomWire, gathering experience and nods from some of the best in the industry. With a growing repertoire amassing renowned websites, Sayantan is your go to guy for all things Game of Thrones and House of the Dragon. When he is not hunting for headlines and theories, you can find him engrossed in fantasy shows, conspiracy theories and video games.

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