The Fallout TV series (opens in new tab) announced by Amazon in 2020 began production this year, and now with 2022 rapidly drawing to a close—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 on Twitter (opens in new tab) by Prime Video isn’t much to look at: A figure standing in an open vault door, silhouetted by the bright backlight of the wasteland sun. But that doesn’t mean we can’t take anything away from it. First, though, you can see it full-size by clicking the icon in the upper-right corner of the image below:
The most obvious thing is that the folks in the foreground of the image are apparently dwellers of Vault 33. According to the Fallout Fandom Wiki (opens in new tab), Vault 33 hasn’t been explored in Fallout lore: It’s only been seen previously in Bethesda Pinball. Vault numbers below 50 also indicate a west coast location for the Vault in Amazon’s series.
It’s also interesting that an August leak (opens in new tab) revealed images from inside Vault 32, not 33, although it’s quite possible that the show will focus on more than one Vault—there were many of them, after all. The sign on the railing—no food or drink, operational silence, restrict movement, etc—also matches up with one seen in the same spot in Fallout 4.
It also seems likely that the Vault’s opening will not be a peaceful affair. You will notice that someone appears to be down and perhaps dead just inside the door. As for the person standing in the doorway, they look to be wearing a Pip-Boy on their left arm and holding a pistol in their right as they venture out into the world—although I suppose it’s possible that they’re a lefty, they’ve just dropped the guy who answered the door, and now they’re getting ready to cause some real trouble.
That would actually match up pretty well with the Fallout 2 intro cinematic, which includes a sequence that looks very much like this Amazon image:
It makes sense that Amazon would want to use Vaults with no established history for its show, because that gives creators the freedom to do pretty much whatever they want with the people inside of them. And even though we’re not coming away with any big revelations from this image, it at least looks the part. I’d call that a good start.
Production of Amazon’s Fallout series was disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic, and it currently does not have a release date. For now, we’re optimistic for sometime around the middle of 2023, and we’ll keep you posted.