10 Things Everyone Should Know About the Last of Us before Watching the HBO Series

Are you excited about the upcoming HBO series The Last of Us but you want to learn a little background before you watch? This article offers thoughts and details on what should allow this amazing game to be developed into a blockbuster series. 


Ok…I’m going to take heat for this, but it’s important to get it out of the way early. The Last of Us doesn’t offer a groundbreaking theme. As we’ll cover later in this article, it’s an end-of-the-world narrative. This narrative can be found in TV, games, books, graphic novels… pretty much in every medium.


It’s the Story and the Characters: The Game’s Success of The Last of Us Was Not Due to the Gameplay


The Last of Us Is a Pandemic Story

When writing the story, the folks at Naughty Dog obviously had no idea what 2020 would hold for the world. They just happened to write a great pandemic story that was a bit of a forecast of what a pandemic could be like. Obviously, the pandemic in the world of The Last of Us was significantly worse than that of 2020, but it’s definitely a warning of what a pandemic could evolve into.


The Cordyceps Fungus that Destroys the World in the Last of Us Is Really Real. Really!

Yep, you read that right. The fungus that the pandemic is based on in The Last of Us is actually a real thing. While it doesn’t do any harm to humans (yet?), it is known as the “zombie fungus” because it takes over the brains of insects and controls them.

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