The countdown to HBO's The Last Of Us is on. 27 days to go until it debuts, and detail reveals about the show are ramping up. That includes a pretty solid theory regarding how exactly the cordyceps virus started and spread in the adaptation.
Naughty Dog Info is responsible for piecing the theory together. The latest piece of the puzzle was pulled from a TV spot that aired last week. A scientist is shown holding what looks like the cordyceps fungus that infects so many people and effectively brings about an apocalypse.
Apparently, the name of the woman playing the fungus-holding character is Christine Hakim, an Indonesian actress. That alone isn't strong evidence the adaptation's virus originates in Indonesia, of course, but there's more. When filming the show in Calgary last year, leaked shots revealed the set had been transformed using Indonesian Health Ministry props. Further evidence the country that wasn't a part of the games will play a key role in the show.
Last but not least, an actor playing a police officer on the show revealed he believed the set he was on was modeled after Jakarta, even suggesting it was made to look like the scene takes place as far back as the 1980s. Suffice to say, it seems the show will go into a lot more detail regarding how the fungus came to be and spread so quickly than was ever explained in the games.
The show actually appears to be going in an entirely different direction. While it doesn't get a spotlight, the beginnings of the game's cordyceps virus are covered briefly in Part 1, stating that it was first picked up in South America and spread via crops. While the trailers have suggested the show will be a pretty faithful remake of the games, Neil Druckmann has said there will be information and twists in there Naughty Dog wanted to include in the games but couldn't.
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