Inside Calgary’s Northland Village Mall For THE LAST OF US Episode 7
With Joel (Pedro Pascal) on the edge of death in episode seven of The Last of Us , Ellie (Bella Ramsey) is brought back in time to her stint in a FEDRA military school in the Boston Quarantine Zone and the last time she had a deep connection to someone.
That someone was Riley (Storm Reid) who ditched FEDRA to join the rebel Fireflies. Before Riley leaves Boston, she takes Ellie on a night of wonders at an abandoned mall to show her love for her friend.
This episode was filmed almost entirely in Calgary’s Northland Village Mall after it closed in December 2021, according to Travel Alberta. Crew had a month to give the mall a The Last of Us makeover before filming began.
Fictious Boston mall cinema showing Dawn of the Wolf, part 2 above. The real former Cineplex Odeon Cinemas in Northland Village Mall below.
Production brought in their own merry-go-round and built its own arcade.
Ellie and Riley in the Boston mall food court with AW, Subway and Macho Nacho above. Real-life A&W in former Northland Village Mall below.
Is this No Public Access barrier for the film crew? Photo was taken after Northland Village Malll closed. Notice says: No public access. All crew must check in with security. No access without a badge.
What’s The Last of Us about?:
The Last of Us takes place 20 years after modern civilization has been destroyed by a fungal pandemic. Joel (Pedro Pascal), a hardened survivor, is hired to smuggle 14-year-old Ellie (Bella Ramsey) out of an oppressive quarantine zone. What starts as a small job soon becomes a brutal, heartbreaking journey as they both must traverse across the U.S. and depend on each other for survival.
Showrunners: Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann (who created the Video Game).
Cast: Pedro Pascal, Bella Ramsey.
Episode 7 guest stars: Storm Reid, Terry Chen.
The Last of Us airs Sunday nights on HBO, HBO Max and Crave (in Canada).