The Fallout TV Series (opens in a new tab) announced by Amazon in 2020 began production this year, and now with 2022 fast approaching—and with the 25th anniversary of the original Fallout upon us—we’re finally getting our first look at it.
To be fair, the image shared Twitter (opens in a new tab) from Prime Video there isn’t much to look at: a figure standing in an open archway, silhouetted by the bright backlight of the desert sun. But that doesn’t mean we can’t take anything away from it. First, though, you can see it full size by clicking on the icon in the upper right corner of the image below:
The most obvious is that the people in the foreground of the image are apparently residents of Vault 33. According to the Fallout Fandom Wiki (opens in a new tab), Vault 33 was not explored in Fallout lore: It was only seen before in Bethesda Pinball. Vault numbers below 50 also indicate a West Coast location for the Vault in Amazon’s series.
It is also interesting that an August leak (opens in a new tab) revealed footage from inside Vault 32, not 33, though it’s entirely possible that the show will focus on more than one Vault — indeed, there were a lot of them. The sign on the railing – no food or drink, functional silence, restrict movement, etc – also matches one seen in the same place in Fallout 4.
It also seems likely that the opening of the Vault will not be a peaceful affair. You will notice that someone appears to be down and possibly dead just inside the door. As for the person standing in the doorway, they look like they’re carrying a Pip-Boy on their left arm and holding a pistol in their right as they go out into the world—although I suppose it’s possible they’re left-handed, they Just dropped the guy who answered the door, and now they’re ready to cause real trouble.
That would actually fit quite well with Fallout 2’s intro cinematic, which includes a sequence that looks a lot like this Amazon image:
It makes sense that Amazon would want to use Vaults with no established history for their show, as that gives creators the freedom to do pretty much whatever they want with the people inside them. And although we do not come with big revelations from this picture, it at least looks. I’d call that a good start.
Production on Amazon’s Fallout series has been interrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic, and it currently has no release date. We’re currently optimistic for sometime around the middle of 2023, and we’ll keep you posted.