The history of the creation of Fallout from the game to the series

Fallout is an iconic video game series that began its history in 1997. It quickly gained popularity thanks to its unique setting of post-apocalyptic America, rich plot and unique atmosphere. Fans have long waited for the adaptation of Fallout for the screens, and in the 2020s their dream finally came true: work began on a series based on this famous game. This article will tell you how the video game became a TV series, what difficulties the creators had to overcome and what awaits viewers in this new project.

History of the Fallout franchise

The beginning of the journey

The first Fallout game, developed by Interplay and released in 1997, introduced players to a dystopian world that had survived a nuclear war. The events of the game take place in an alternate reality where the culture of the 1950s dominated for decades, until the Great War that destroyed civilization in 2077. The player assumes the role of an asylum dweller who has to explore the wastelands, face mutants, gangs and all sorts of dangers.

The series continued to evolve, releasing new parts, each of which added something new to the world of Fallout. In 2008, Bethesda Game Studios acquired the rights to the franchise and released Fallout 3, which became a real hit thanks to the new engine, deep story and large open world. Subsequent games such as Fallout: New Vegas (2010), Fallout 4 (2015), Fallout Shelter (2015) and Fallout 76 (2018) continued to develop and deepen the Fallout universe.

The Fallout game universe is a post-apocalyptic world destroyed after a nuclear war in an alternate reality where 1950s culture is combined with future technology. It is populated by mutants, raiders, survivors, and created scientific artifacts left over from a pre-revolutionary civilization. The series based on this universe retains the key features of the original, presenting viewers with a dystopian atmosphere of exploration, survival and the struggle for survival, with events taking place several decades after a nuclear catastrophe.

The development of the Fallout series of games and their subsequent transformation into a TV series is a fascinating story that started with a small game, and turned into a cult phenomenon. Let's take a look at this journey in more detail.

The rise of Fallout

In the very early 1990s, when Interplay Entertainment Studios was just starting out, the development team decided to create a game that would be different from anything else out there at the time. The idea of a post-apocalyptic world left in the aftermath of a nuclear war came from a love of science fiction and 1950s pop culture. Thus was born the first Fallout game, released in 1997.

The first installment of the game was a huge success and quickly gained cult status. Its sequels, such as Fallout 2 and Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel, continued to develop and deepen the universe, adding new locations, characters and storylines. However, the real explosion in popularity came with the release of Fallout 3 from Bethesda Game Studios in 2008. It was the first game in the series in three-dimensional open-world graphics, and it received massive acclaim from critics and players alike.

Fallout 3 was a watershed moment for the series, attracting new audiences and increasing its popularity. Subsequent releases such as Fallout: New Vegas and Fallout 4 kept the franchise interesting by adding new game mechanics and expanding the world. Despite differing viewpoints and some controversy among fans about new directions, the series maintained its popularity and remained the focus of the gaming community.

From game to series

Because of the huge success of the game and its rich universe, the idea of creating a TV series based on Fallout was inevitable. Many fans dreamed of seeing this world on screen, and with the growing popularity of video games as an entertainment format, the idea became increasingly attractive to Hollywood studios. Finally, in 2020, Amazon Studios and Bethesda announced a TV series, led by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, known for their work on Westworld.

The development of the series began with a thorough analysis and study of the Fallout universe. The team of creators tried to preserve the spirit and atmosphere of the original, while the writers and directors contributed to adapt the material for the television format. Casting was one of the most important stages, as it was necessary to find actors capable of conveying the characters and atmosphere of the Fallout universe.

The idea for the series

First rumors and expectations

Rumors about a possible screen adaptation of Fallout began to appear long before the official announcement. Fans fantasized about how familiar locations and characters might look on the screen. For years, despite interest from Hollywood studios, no concrete steps were taken in this direction. In 2015, Todd Howard, a director at Bethesda, confirmed that the company was receiving offers for a screen adaptation, but they wanted to wait for the right time and the right approach.

In July 2020, Amazon Studios and Bethesda officially announced that they were working on a TV series based on Fallout. The project was spearheaded by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, the creators of the popular Westworld series, which immediately generated a huge amount of interest and anticipation from fans.

Series development

Team and approach

Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy are known for their talent for creating complex and immersive worlds, which made them the perfect pair to work on Fallout. They immediately stated that they intended to keep the spirit of the original game alive by conveying its unique style and atmosphere. Experienced professionals familiar with the science fiction and post-apocalyptic genre were brought in to write the script and production.

Filming of the series began in 2022, and one of the key tasks was to recreate recognizable locations from the game. The team carefully selected locations for filming, using both real locations and modern CGI technologies. It was decided to keep the 1950s aesthetic mixed with the futuristic and retro style that has always made Fallout stand out.

The plot of the series covers events taking place several decades after the Great War. The main characters are survivors who try to adapt to life in the wastelands, face new threats and solve the mysteries left by the past civilization.

Transferring characters from Fallout to the TV series was an important and complex process, requiring attention to detail and a deep understanding of the original material. The creators of the series sought to retain the unique traits and charisma of the characters that made them a favorite among fans, while adapting them for the new format. Let's take a look at how they approached this process.

Selection of key characters

The first step was to determine which characters from the games would be included in the series. Given Fallout's expansive universe, the creators chose those who were most important to the story and could most vividly reflect the spirit of the post-apocalyptic world. This included both main characters and iconic secondary characters.

Casting for the series proved to be one of the most discussed topics among fans. The important point was to preserve the authenticity and spirit of the original game. Stars such as Walton Goggins, Ella Pournelle and Kyle MacLachlan have been confirmed in the lead roles. There will also be new characters specifically created for the TV series, giving it a fresh and original feel.

Key characters in the Fallout series

The creators of the Fallout series carefully selected and adapted key characters from the games to match the original while still fitting seamlessly into the format of the television show. In this section, we'll look at how the main characters that became the centerpiece of the series were ported and developed. 


Cooper is the main character, a charismatic and resilient survivor who travels through the wasteland, facing various dangers and adventures. He epitomizes the typical protagonist of the Fallout series, possessing fighting skills and moral principles. The character Cooper in the Fallout series was carefully designed to reflect all the key elements and spirit of the original games. The creators of the series have successfully carried over the typical traits and skills of Fallout protagonists, adapting them for the new format and adding new elements that make him a multifaceted and interesting protagonist. His interactions with the world, moral choices, and combat skills create a rich and engaging story that appeals to dedicated gaming fans and new viewers alike. The actor who played the role of Cooper has charisma and the ability to convey the character's inner conflicts and experiences. Cooper's shooting style refers to the “Bloodbath” perk, which makes his battle scenes spectacular and exciting.


Role in the series: Lucy is a naive but intelligent girl trying to find her place in the harsh world of the wasteland. Her S.P.E.C.I.A.L. characteristics are revealed already in the first episodes, when she applies for marriage, listing her parameters: strength, agility, intelligence and others. Lucy is one of the main characters of the series, a naive but intelligent girl, striving to find her place in the harsh world of the wasteland. She is a typical character of the Fallout series, possessing both mental and physical skills. The creators of the series carefully developed the image of Lucy to convey all the key elements and the spirit of the original games.

Elixir salesman

 The Elixir Seller is an eccentric and mysterious character who develops various elixirs, serums and cures. He is the epitome of the Wild Wasteland perk, adding mysticism and mystery to the plot. He is a secondary character in the series, representing a unique type that fits harmoniously into the world of Fallout. This character, known as the Mad Witch, epitomizes the mysterious and dangerous aspects of life in the post-apocalyptic wasteland. The actor who played the role of the Mad Witchfinder perfectly conveyed his mysteriousness and unpredictability. Thanks to his charisma and acting skills, the character became one of the most memorable and intriguing in the series. His scenes are always filled with tension and surprises, which adds depth and intrigue to the whole series.


Thadeus is a squire of the Brotherhood of Steel, a young and ambitious soldier who is eager to prove his loyalty and strength. At the end of the season, he receives a potion from the Mad Wizard that helps him survive and gains the ability to regenerate. Thadeus' character represents a typical member of the Brotherhood of Steel - disciplined but open to new opportunities. His storyline raises many questions and hints at possible new storylines, such as the FEV virus and an encounter with a supermutant.

Character Adaptation

Adapting the characters involved not only choosing the actors, but also working on the script and images. The show's creators paid great attention to detail to maintain authenticity.

Characteristics and Perks: Characters in the series were endowed with traits and abilities familiar to players. For example, Lucy lists her S.P.E.C.I.A.L. traits in one of the first scenes, which immediately creates a connection to the game mechanics.Perhaps naive but intelligent, Lucy possesses the “Daddy's Girl” perk from Fallout 3 - the story would have fit her. Gul Cooper's unusual shooting style refers to the “Bloodbath” perk, and the Mad Witch with his potions epitomizes the “Wild Wasteland” perk.

Behavior and Dialogues: The dialogues and behaviors of the characters were written in such a way as to keep them relatable. For example, Cooper's sarcastic and witty lines are reminiscent of classic dialog from the games.

Costumes and Appearances: Costume designers and makeup artists tried to keep the visual style of the characters. Clothes, weapons, and even accessories were recreated with great accuracy so that fans can easily recognize their favorite characters. Attentive viewers are sure to notice many iconic items from the game, such as the comic book Grognak the Barbarian and the Tesla magazine. The series will not be without iconic weapons: the Chlamotron (a cannon that shoots garbage), a ten-millimeter pistol, a pump-action gun, and a harpoon gun will appear on screen. However, the tranquilizer gun used by Lucy is not found in the original games - it was introduced by modders in Fallout 4. The burst shotgun revolver used by Gul Cooper was also added later, appearing in the Fallout Shelter mobile game.

New characters

The series also introduced new characters that are not present in the games, but add to and expand the world of Fallout. These characters were created to blend into the universe and interact with familiar characters.

In order to successfully port the characters, it was important to keep their interaction with Fallout lore. This included:

References to key events and factions: Characters in the series often reference events and factions from the games, which helps create a sense of a cohesive world.

Character Evolution: Character storylines were designed with their history and possible future development in mind. For example, the relationship between Cooper and Lucy develops against a backdrop of constant threats and trials typical of the Fallout world.


Transferring items from the Fallout game to the TV series

The creators of the Fallout series paid special attention to detail, transferring many iconic items from the games to the screen. This not only enhanced the atmosphere of the post-apocalyptic world, but also gave fans a nice moment of recognizing their favorite elements. Here are some of the items seen in the series.

Comics and magazines

Grognak the Barbarian: This comic book, familiar to all fans of the series, appears in several scenes in the TV series. In the games, Grognak comics enhance a character's skills and powers, while in the series they serve as an important cultural artifact, highlighting the pre-war world's fascination with adventure stories.

Tesla Magazine: The magazine that enhances energy weapons in the games has also been carried over into the series. It adds authenticity and helps convey the science fiction atmosphere of the Fallout universe.


Chlamotron: The famous trash-shooting weapon was lovingly recreated for the series. In the game it is a symbol of ingenuity and absurdity, and in the series it retains this function, adding elements of humor and surprise to the fight scenes.

Ten-millimeter pistol: A classic weapon familiar to every Fallout player, it finds its place in the series. Its presence helps maintain continuity and immerse viewers in a familiar setting.

Pomp Gun and Harpoon Gun: These weapons, also present in the games, have been carefully recreated for the series. They add variety to the characters' arsenal and allow different styles of combat to be shown.

Unique and modified items

Lucy's Tranquilizer Pistol: This item was not present in the original games, but was inspired by fan-made mods for Fallout 4. The tranquilizer gun has come to symbolize the ingenuity and adaptability of the characters in the series.

Cooper's Revolver Shotgun: This burst-bullet weapon was added to the Fallout Shelter mobile game, and it found its place in the series as a powerful and destructive tool. It emphasizes Cooper's fighting skills and adds drama to the battle scenes.

Anti-radiation agents

Rad-X: In the series, as in the games, Rad-X plays an important role in protecting characters from radiation. This tool becomes a key element of the story, especially in the context of the gulification rules that have been adapted for the screen.


Creating a TV series based on the Fallout game is a complex and ambitious project that has become an important event in the world of film and television. The successful adaptation was able to convey the unique spirit of the game and attract new audiences to the Fallout games, and it can also serve as a good example for adaptations of other game universes. 

Going from a game to a series is a natural progression for the Fallout franchise. It allows us to dive into the unique world of the post-apocalypse from a new perspective and reveal it in a deeper way than would be possible in a video game. Creating a TV series based on Fallout opens up new opportunities for fans and could be an important moment in the development of the movie industry.