Fans of the new The Last of Us series have taken to social media in total shock after finding out who Nico Parker’s mum is.

When you see the side-by-side, it makes a lot of sense. 

On its series premiere, the show achieved a remarkable feat by drawing in 4.7 million viewers across the U.S., making it the second most successful debut for HBO since Boardwalk Empire, which achieved 4.8 million viewers when it premiered over a decade ago.

As you may already know, the HBO Max series is the first live-action adaptation since the video game wowed audiences way back in 2013.

Just like the games, the series is set in a post-apocalyptic world ruled by an unstoppable, brain-eating, fungal outbreak that transforms humans into cannibals. 

The writers have been commended for honouring the original source material, which rapidly gathered a devoted fan base when it first came out. The engaging storylines, impressive visuals, and music propelled it to its massive success.

And it seems like they’ve got the characters spot on too.

​​Joel, portrayed by Pedro Pascal, is tasked with the responsibility of smuggling the young teen Ellie Williams (Bella Ramsey) to a medical facility situated on the opposite side of the country after it turns out she’s immune to the infection, leading him to believe she could hold the cure to the deadly parasite.

But it’s not just Joel and Ellie’s relationship in the show that has got people talking, it’s Nico Parker, who plays the role of Joel’s daughter, Sarah Miller.

The series premiered on Sunday night, and has been met with rave reviews from both critics and fans, resulting in an unbelievable score of 99 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

It’s clear the show is going down well with viewers, and many have taken to social media to share their thoughts…

One wrote: “I’ve been a big The Last of Us fan for years and know the story beats, but nothing in the video game introduced such scary foreboding dread than the opening scene of the show.”

While another tweeted: “As a fan of The Last of Us series for years, I have to say this adaption from the pilot alone has to be one of the best I’ve seen in ages & I just know this is going to be one of the best pieces of TV this year. I really loved it.”

Some are even claiming it is better than the games.

But in addition to raving about the show, others have been left questioning who Nico Parker’s mum is.

Sarah Miller is a huge part of what makes Joel such a hardened character, and her story is utterly heartbreaking.

Fans were so blown away by Parker’s performance that many took to Twitter to share more about the star, revealing some shocking news. 

It seems she has pretty famous parents…

Her father is screenwriter and director Ol Parker, while her mother is non-other than actress Thandiwe Newton.

One gobsmacked user wrote: “The kid in The Last of Us is Thandie Newton’s daughter??!?! I swear I thought in my head that she could play a younger version of her LOL.”

“I knew they looked alike! Me, ‘Thandie Newton should play adult her’ #lastofus,” another added.

While a third commented: “The actress who played Sarah in The Last of Us is Thandie Newton’s daughter the resemblance is so mad.”

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