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The Song In HBO's The Last of Us Trailer Means More Than You Think
HBO has unveiled a harrowing and hopeful new trailer for "The Last of Us" series that includes a haunting cover of A-ha's "Take On Me." The song fits the overall tone of the trailer and series as a whole, but some fans might recognize it as an Easter egg and a tribute to a touching moment from the second entry in "The Last of Us" video game series.
While Ellie and her girlfriend, Dina, are combing through Seattle, players can go to an abandoned music shop and find a guitar on the floor. Interacting with this guitar will cause Ellie to pick it up and start playing, leading to a brief cutscene during which she serenades her partner with an acoustic version of "Take on Me."
This moment, all the more special because players had to do some work to earn it, provides an excellent example of the emotional core of the "The Last of Us" IP. By including yet another version of the song in the trailer, the show hits similar notes and also offers a special treat to the hardcore fans of the video game series.