Is the Fallout Show Canon to the Fallout Universe?

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Credit: Prime Video/Vanity Fair

ella purnell as lucy fallout live action show
Credit: Prime Video/Vanity Fair

After a few months of waiting, the Fallout live-action adaptation from Amazon Prime Video is now out. The reviews are in, and they all lean toward the positive, as many critics enjoyed what they saw in the early previews.

With the show in full swing and all the episodes available, it’s time to reflect on what the showrunners and even Todd Howard had said about the show’s canonicity in the game anthology. Let’s begin with what the top executive of Bethesda Game Studios has to say.

We view what’s happening in the show as canon,” Howard told Vanity Fair in an interview attended by the series showrunners.

The Starfield director added that he views it as an honor for others to attempt to translate his studio's work into live-action. However, he has been skeptical about adapting Fallout to the big or small screen.

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Show director and executive producer Jonathan Nolan raised some eyebrows when he claimed that the production almost felt like they were producing Fallout 5.

"Each of the [Fallout] games is a discrete story – different city, distinct protagonist – within the same mythology. Our series sits in relation to the games as the games sit in relation to each other,” the Dark Knight writer claimed.

He later dialed back on those claims in an interview during SXSW in Austin, saying that it was “presumptuous” of him to assume they’d reached the level of the games.

The Fallout live-action series is now available exclusively on Amazon’s Prime Video streaming services. All eight episodes have been released simultaneously during the worldwide premiere.

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