A lot of people have been noting that the series has seemed a bit different than what they were expecting. I decided to go back and watch the Phase 4 announcement video to see what was said then.
"I miss just sitting down and playing a game with one of the allies." "Its all about bonds. Bonds are so important." Basically he describes exactly what the show ended up being. But he did say, "It won't always be jolly times. The Goldman might reveal himself," gesturing to Kyle. Then Ian says, "I'll probably play Last of Us." Those comments were obviously more off the cuff than the rest of what was said, but it seems like that's what people focused on. From the start it was just going to be about Huber hanging out with an Ally and playing a game.