Who really killed the Fireflies in “The Last of Us” video games and other differences in episode 2

“The Last of Us” has just released its second episode and, despite the fact that the HBO Max series has stuck quite closely to the original history of video gamesthere are some differences that we have been able to identify. Therefore, here we explain what they are.

The Sunday, February 22, the chapter entitled “Infected” was released (“Infected”), where several shocking events occurred such as the fight against a special kind of zombie and the death of one of the main characters so far.

The dystopian program is based on the history of video game of the same name developed by Naughty Dog in 2013. The creators and producers have been working hand in hand with one of the minds behind the original material, but still there have been some executive decisions that involve a change in facts.

Before continuing, look here the trailer for chapter 2 of “The Last of Us”.

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN EPISODE 2 OF “THE LAST OF US” AND THE VIDEO GAMES?

5. The origin of the fungus

One of the first differences that appeared in episode 2 of “The Last of Us” was the explanation of the origin of the fungus. In the video game, the story begins as it appeared in the premiere: with the spread of Cordyceps across the United States and the subsequent zombie apocalypse.

No information is given on a focus of origin, much less specify that the first cases occurred in Jakarta, Indonesia. So the entire sequence of the first few minutes was an addition to the HBO Max series. Nevertheless, this may be canon, since Neil Druckmann, the game’s creator, is involved with the show as showrunner, writer and executive producer.

Professor Ibu Ratna discovered the fungal filaments inside the mouth of the infected woman in Jakarta in episode 2 of "The Last of Us" (Photo: HBO)

Professor Ibu Ratna discovered the fungal filaments inside the mouth of the infected woman in Jakarta in episode 2 of “The Last of Us” (Photo: HBO)

Professor Ibu Ratna discovered the fungal filaments inside the mouth of the infected woman in Jakarta in episode 2 of "The Last of Us" (Photo: HBO)

Professor Ibu Ratna discovered the fungal filaments inside the mouth of the infected woman in Jakarta in episode 2 of “The Last of Us” (Photo: HBO)

4. The encounter against the Clicker so soon

In the video games, Joel, Tess, and Ellie’s path through Boston to getting to the Town Hall is much longer and full of action scenes in which the group must fight, in the first instance, with regular infected (Runners).

We assume that it has been an executive decision to summarize that process, in which not many important events take place so the confrontation with the Clickers inside the museum happens much faster than thought.

The special infected that appeared in the museum in chapter 2 of "The Last of Us" is a Clicker, one of the most advanced types (Photo: HBO)

The special infected that appeared in the museum in chapter 2 of “The Last of Us” is a Clicker, one of the most advanced types (Photo: HBO)

3. The fibers that connect the infected

The series of “The Last of Us” gives another explanation that is not obtained from video games, but from the creators’ research regarding how mushrooms work in real life. Inside it, they discovered that these organisms can become some of the largest and be connected.

Craig (Mazin) had this idea, which I loved, that the way fungi operate is sometimes one of the largest organisms that can be in a forest. It is a single organism that can communicate with different parts of it. If you strike a pendulum here, a mile away you may be waking up a horde of infected who will now come for you”, explained Neil Druckmann in the video from the series.

This change would be very important in the future, as means increased risk to survivors when entering biologically contaminated areas.

There is this mechanism called the ‘Forest Web’, fungi can communicate chemically over incredible distances. They are impressive and terrifying organisms”, complemented Craig Mazin.

2. The Fireflies did not die from an infected

Similar to the original cinematic, upon reaching City Hall, the trio find the dead Fireflies. Here, however, the difference lies in what caused his death.

While in the series it was because one of the members got infected and that led to a shooting, in the video game it had actually been Phaedra who murdered them after finding out they had a base there.

1. Tess’s death is because of Phaedra

Tess’s death also maintains certain differences with the original material. Although in both cases she sacrificed herself to save Joel and Ellie, because she knew that she had to die anyway, being infected, the difference is how he dies.

In the series, they showed that a horde of infected were awakened by the fibers of the fungus and rushed in the direction of the City Hall. Therefore, Tess filled everything with gasoline and blew up the place with the zombies inside it, so that the others could escape.

In contrast, in Naughty Dog’s video game, those who they are persecuted by PHAEDRAwho arrive in tanks. Tess stays behind to hold them off as long as possible using her pistol, but ends up getting shot in the head..

That was one of the changes we made from the game to the program. In the game, it was the military chasing the group, but we felt that was not sustainable. I think it is more dramatic and interesting (that the infected have been) than what happens in the gameDruckmann explained.

In episode 2 of "The Last of Us", Tess was infected, so she decided to sacrifice herself to save Joel and Ellie (Photo: HBO)

In episode 2 of “The Last of Us”, Tess was infected, so she decided to sacrifice herself to save Joel and Ellie (Photo: HBO)

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