Fallout TV series hits Amazon in April: What you should know

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Amazon’s Fallout TV series is another video game adaptation that has a grand legacy to live up to, and recent developments do not disappoint.

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Published on Dec 5, 2023

Amazon’s “Fallout” TV series was first announced in 2020 after Amazon Studios acquired the rights to the video game franchise — appointing “Westworld” showrunners Lisa Roy and Jonah Nolan to develop the series.

After multiple years of developmental updates, the show hits Prime Video on April 12, 2024. Here’s what we know about the forthcoming TV series.

WHAT WILL THE FALLOUT TV SERIES BE ABOUT?

Based on Bethesda’s video game franchise of the same name, the show is set 20 years after a nuclear apocalypse. It follows “gentle denizens of the luxury fallout shelters” who are forced back into “an incredibly complex, gleefully weird, and highly violent universe,” as per the show’s description.

 Bethesda Game Studios’ director Todd Howard — who directed Fallout 3 and Fallout 4 — also serves as an executive producer for the series. Having taken a cautious approach when pitched with a Fallout film or TV show in the past, Howard wanted the Prime Video series to be an original story that still serves as canon in the Fallout universe.

Here’s what he told Vanity Fair regarding the “Fallout” TV series:

I did not want to do an interpretation of an existing story we did. That was the other thing — a lot of pitches were, you know ‘This is the move of Fallout 3…” I was like, ‘Yeah, we told that story.’ I don’t have a lot of interest in seeing those translated. I was interested in someone telling a unique Fallout story.

The recently released teaser trailer for the series has an instant resemblance to the games: opening with Lucy stepping out from her vault into the post-apocalyptic wasteland. The trailer then quickly shifts between glimpses of a murderous dog, mutated animals, the Brotherhood of Steel, and The Ghoul murdering people left and right — while Nat King Cole’s “I Don’t Want To See Tomorrow” plays in the background. The trailer ends with the nuclear explosion that pushed surface dwellers into the Vaults.

The Fallout video games are set in an alternate future — in the nuclear wastelands following a war between the United States and China, with humans now residents of subterranean retro-futuristic survival shelters called Vaults. Amazon’s Fallout series will be telling an original story set in and around Vault 33.

VISUALS FROM THE SHOW: VAULT 33, POWER-ARMORED SOLDIERS, AND A GHOUL

Ella Purnell plays Lucy: “An optimistic Vault dweller with an all-American can-do spirit. Her peaceful and idealistic nature is tested when people harm her loved ones.” Having lived her entire life inside the Vault, Lucy has no idea of what lies on the surface.

Walton Goggins plays The Ghoul, who “survives the wasteland as a Bounty Hunter. He is pragmatic, ruthless, and hides a mysterious past.”

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Visuals from the Netflix show "Scott Pilgrim Takes Off."

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Aaron Moten plays Maximum, a soldier who serves the militaristic Brotherhood of Steel — a power-armored faction that is the Wasteland’s force of law and order.

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Video game adaptations are having a moment: HBO’s “The Last of Us” drew in record-breaking numbers and is preparing for a second season, “The Super Mario Bros. Movie” gloriously ended a decades-long streak of terrible video-game film adaptations, which has allowed for a long-awaited “The Legend of Zelda” adaptation. People are growing increasingly intolerant towards superhero films, and a successful “Fallout” series could open the floodgates to Bethesda’s other intellectual properties. ❑