Nolan North Plays 'The Last Of Us', Is Traumatised By Opening Sequence
Whatever your thoughts on The Last Of Us, I'd hope we can all agree that the game's opening sequence is one hell of a ride. The critically-acclaimed post apocalyptic adventure starts off with a wonderful scene between single dad Joel and his daughter Sarah. Developer Naughty Dog use this calm before the storm to deftly establish the depth of their relationship and the love between them. It's charming stuff.
We know it can't last, of course. By the end of the game's first hour, this captivating home life is torn apart by a viral outbreak and a shower of bullets. The first time I played through the game and watched Joel hold a dying Sarah in his arms, scared and bleeding, I was left speechless. Unless you count sobbing as a form of speech, because I was also in floods of tears.
Hell, every time I go back to the game that same scene manages to punch me in the heart without fail. I've yet to meet anyone who hasn't been completely taken aback by the bold and shockingly violent way in which The Last Of Us kicks off its long and bleak adventure.
If you needed reminding just how upsetting that first hour is, actor Nolan North is on hand to help out. Nathan Drake himself recently sat down with Troy Baker and Hannah Hayes (who played Joel and Sarah respectively) to experience The Last Of Us for the first time. His reaction to Sarah's violent and tragic death made my heart break in a whole new way, if I'm being honest.
I'm not a father, so watching North (who is) react to a situation that he rightly describes would be "terrifying for a father" lended a fresh perspective to the absolute misery of seeing a scared 12-year-old girl bleed out in the dark.
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Oh, just to make things more heartbreaking, you can also watch Hayes and Baker share a tearful embrace as they relive what must have been an incredibly difficult scene to film.
What makes this experience even stranger is that the caring, lovable North played David in The Last Of Us, a character who you'll remember was in fact really quite horrendous. Of course, North's David doesn't appear until much later in the game, and it's clear from the video that he's entirely new to this story - or at least the way the story starts.
You can watch the whole video for yourself below. You'll come for the moment North reacts to the death of Sarah, but you'll stay for the wonderful chat and behind-the-scenes insights between three fantastic actors.
"It still... every time, I don't know how that manages to get me," Baker says after taking a moment to regain his composure. Hayes tearfully remembers how Baker was singing her lullabies during the filming of the scene. Meanwhile, North simply sits there staring straight ahead, mouth open as the opening credits roll.
I know how you feel Nolan. We all know how you feel.
Featured Image Credit: Naughty Dog/Troy Baker