The Last of Us creator says he doesn’t blame fans who were upset by the changes
The Last of Us Episode 2 came out on HBO yesterday, and there are a lot of fans who are already criticizing the series for changing certain things from the games.
The episode, titled “Infected”, re-imagines many of the first few stages of the original game. We see Joel, Ellie and Tess sneaking through a ruined city to deliver Ellie to the Firefly rebels. But the series deviates from the game by introducing a new way to spread fungal infections. Infected people remove fungal tentacles from their bodies and plant a stinky kisser, which transmits the infection with the Cordyceps fungus.
One of the main ways infection spreads in game is through airborne spores. And the show’s skipping the spores issue has already made some fans feel like the show doesn’t stick very closely to its adaptation.
Druckmann said in an interview with Variety“I’ve learned to expect backlash on the slightest reason. I think it shows the kind of fans we have, who feel a duty to protect and love the world and these characters so much that anything they see as different, without the full context of what it means, they assume the worst and object to it. “I think this add-on is something worthwhile. It’s actually one of the add-ons I wish was in the game. I wish we had thought of it years ago because I loved it so much.”
Mazin added, “It’s okay if people are upset about it, I don’t blame them. Everyone dreams of working on something where the fan interaction is on that level, where people will argue about these things or get emotional about them. Sometimes I feel like if you see how it goes, “I think you’ll be fine. A lot of that has happened, but there will certainly be people who will say we messed it up, and I understand that. We certainly can’t please everyone, at least I know that.”
Not using the spore issue makes practical sense in adapting a reality series, because the presence of the spores means that Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey will have to wear protective masks for most of the show. But Mazin insists that the series has not yet completely eliminated the spores.
“If you listen carefully,” he said, “spores” are mentioned. I don’t necessarily know if we’ll see any spores this time, but it wouldn’t be accurate to say our world is spores-free. We don’t quite know yet: that’s part of the fun of working on a quote. leaving these blurred details for our characters to discover as the adventure continues.
The Last of Us has only just begun, so no one knows how the rest of the series will measure up to the beloved video games. But for now, the moderators seem to know that backlash is to be expected when adapting one of the greatest games of all time into a reality series.