"The Last of Us" fans await the HBO adaptation with mixed emotions.
The showrunner is determined to bring the "greatest video game story" to life.
The previous film adaptation was almost made in the 2010s.
HBO version to stay true to the original, with 90 min debut episode.
Showrunner emphasizes the human elements of the story.
Fans speculate on the plot and anticipate Jan 15 debut.
History of failed video game adaptations causes caution.
Previous film versions were described as "bigger and sexier."
Success or disappointment in 2023 depends on faithfulness to the source material.
Fans try to lower expectations to avoid disappointment.
Also, There's added pressure on the show to deliver a good adaptation.
High stakes for HBO's "The Last of Us" adaptation.