Filming for HBO’s The Last of Us near Rice Howard Way in mid-October

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With the office worker purge caused by the pandemic and a seemingly endless churn of crumbling concrete construction, it’s hard not to notice a bit of a post-apocalyptic vibe in downtown Edmonton these days.

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So it’s more than adequate HBO and Bear and Pear Productions of Calgary have come to town this month to film scenes from the upcoming series The Last of Us. Its star, Pedro Pascal, who also plays Din Djarin of The Mandalorian , was seen on the main shoot making plans and is expected to return for another day of filming later in the month.

Based on the 2013 stealth-based first-person video game blockbuster where a zombie apocalypse turned most people into wild cauliflower monsters, scenes from The Last of Us have Edmonton replacing Boston 20 years in the making. apocalypse of the end of civilization. The production – its Edmonton scenes shot in and around Rice Howard Way mid-month – was drawn to Alberta in part by our provincial tax credits.

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Pascal, who also played Prince Dornish Oberyn Martell in HBO’s Game of Thrones, is portrayed as Joel in this father-daughter survival story, his daughter Ellie played by another GoT alumnus Bella Ramsey – the young and noble. Sovereign Lyanna Mormont.

In addition to a heap of still bagged “ruin supplies” and a collection of seemingly tattered dead vines, there is now a good sized gravel crater forming in front of Dalla Tavola Zenari.

Scouts and the production team approached several companies in the area, including Credo Coffee, Fire & Flower and Paull Travel, even asking a company if they could have a stuntman fly out of their front window. One location is being converted into a crumbling lounge, and while security is on site, the only downside so far is the loss of a few parking spots, although a fence is apparently en route.

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A gravel crater and various ruined props for HBO's The Last of Us can be found in front of Dalla Tavola Zenari on 101a Street downtown.
A gravel crater and various ruin props for HBO’s The Last of Us can be found in front of Dalla Tavola Zenari on 101a Street downtown. Photo by Fish Griwkowsky /provided

More deeply, the filming will shut down and compensate the participating companies. Since July, The Last of Us has toured in numerous locations in Calgary, including Stampede Park, and across Alberta. Twitter was thrilled in June to spot Pascal at a Calgary Best Buy, but, as they tell us at film festivals, try to keep your cool if you spot any of the stars.

Production, exceeding C $ 10 million per episode – potentially more expensive than Game of Thrones, according to Forbes – is expected to continue until June 8, 2022.

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