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‘Think wrong and you’ll be right’, but this time ‘create a theory and you’ll be right’ because the fans who have theorized about the new way it spreads cordyceps fungus in The Last of Us, the HBO series, they have been totally right.
To put in situation, in the PlayStation video game the fungus spreads mainly through spores. Any human who breathes in the cordyceps spores is infected, apart from the part of being bitten, just like in the series. However, HBO has decided to change this detail because, simply, if it spread through the air, no one would survive in real life. This was confirmed by one of its creators, Craig Mazin:
We challenged ourselves to find an interesting new way for the fungus to spread.
Since the broadcast of the first episode, ‘When you get lost in the dark’ (1×01), fans have theorized about this new form of propagation, stating that it would have to be flour. They were based on small clues that have been appearing throughout the first chapter and that have finally been confirmed in the second.
‘Infected’ (1×02) begins in Jakarta, place that is mentioned in the first episode due to some riots and is where the largest flour producer in the world is located. A mycology professor is chosen to study the body of an infected person, who worked in a wheat producer. It is there where she confirms that she surely went for the substrate, since by now he knows that the infection was caused by a fungus and that there is no cure for it.
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Its creators, Mazin and Neil Druckmann, have confirmed this correct theory in an interview with Variety, mentioning the clues about the flour that the first episode has left and that they continue theorizing along that path:
Mazin: I think it’s pretty explicit.
Druckmann: Yes, it is practically correct.
Mazin: When you talk about where these people were working and what was going on in that factory, yeah, it’s pretty clear that’s what’s going on. We liked the idea of that science and we try our best to make sure that all of our research connects. The mycologist asks where it happened and the guy says a flour factory on the west side of town. We’re absolutely talking about the world’s largest flour mill being located in Jakarta, so that’s a good theory and I think people should work on it.
Remember that episode 3 of The Last of Us premieres on HBO Max next January 30.