Last of Us airs on HBO this weekend, and the team decided to make major changes to Cordyceps to make it more palatable to viewers. Cordyceps is no longer an airborne virus, this isn’t an aftermath of his Covid-19 virus, but just because the team didn’t want the cast to wear gas masks.
How will cordyceps infections be portrayed in HBO’s The Last of Us?
Cordyceps infections are spread by tendrils that can be connected to form networks in The Last of Us HBO TV series. Infected becomes more terrifying as an interconnected network, and like fungi, “there is a passageway from one infected to another,” creator Neil Druckmann and showrunner Craig Mazin wrote in the code. However, the most important reason for the change is that the cast will no longer have to spend most of the show wearing gas masks to avoid spores in the air.
In the game, the infection was spread by a mutation of the actual Cordyceps fungus, and its origin was not specifically investigated. Now that the show has turned its attention to life before infection, the team has delved even further into the real science. Especially when “audiences are smarter about the pandemic than he was five years ago.”
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