The most amazing thing about The Last of Us is how it uses its Cordyceps fungus — which is a real thing, by the way — is not just the thing that creates the series’ zombies, it works as a perfect metaphor for what the zombies do to society. The fungus infection strips people of their humanity — and the uninfected people we see on the show have also been stripped of his humanity. Like Pedro Pascal’s Joel, who loses his daughter, and becomes a cold shell of the loving person he was before the fungal outbreak.

That’s just one of the little details, hidden references, and little Easter eggs you might have missed in the series premiere of The Last of Us HBO series. We point out all the stuff in Joel and Sarah’s house that comes directly out of the original game, we spot all the little references to 2003 — the start of the show’s new timeline — and all the tiny reveals that start to hint that the infection is already spreading before. Plus, we’ll tell you what major Hollywood movie was filmed in the same Canadian town as The Last of Us’ early scenes. Watch all of these Easter eggs, and many more below:

If you liked that video on all of the Easter eggs in The Last of Us Episode 1, check out more of our video below, including setting up everything you need to know about The Last Of Us TV series, all the horror movie references in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and the top five horror sequels in history. Plus, there’s tons more videos over at ScreenCrush’s YouTube channel. Be sure to subscribe to catch all our future episodes. New episodes of The Last Of Us premiere on HBO on Sundays.

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