THE LAST OF US Explained | Every Clue On How The Infection Started And Real Life Zombie Inspiration

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THE LAST OF US Explained | How The Infection Started And Real Life Zombie Town Inspiration. We breakdown and explain the origins of where the infection started off at in The Last Of Us based on theories, clues and hidden details in episode 1.

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Ok so The Last Of Us centres around a deadly infection caused by funghi known as the Cordyseps. These real world parasites can be found in nature and what's most terrifying about the Last Of Us is that there is basis in science for something like this to happen.

Episode 1 of the HBO show opens with a scientist theorising the rise of them all the way back in the 60s and like he says, there's no cure.

But where did the infection originate from and how did it spread so quickly?

Well throughout this video we're gonna be breaking down everything we know about how it began and the theories about how it spread so quickly. If you enjoy the video then please hit the thumbs up button and don't forget to subscribe for videos like this every day. With that out the way, thanks for clicking this, now let's get into The Last Of Us.

Now when looking at where it all started I think that the first place to go to is the game. The playstation classic doesn't give us too much of a backstory on where it originated from but there are teases found in documents. When looking through newspapers we come across the Texas Herald which reported on the infection. On September 26th it reported that admittance at hospitals was up 300% due to the infection.

The FDA also released a statement about contaminated crops and that massive recalls were expected. This of couse didn't happen but the statement did give us a clue about what was happening. It said:

So there are clues that it's coming from countries with a hotter climate. This was teased at in the initial science report at the start and 2003 is listed as being one of the hottest years on record.

Now though it's not in South America, we do hear a report in episode 1 that there is something strange going on in Jakarta. This indonesian city is located in Asia and they might have changed this from South America for us to explore it in a later episode. During filming of the show people from Jakarta posted that things were being filmed in the city so we could possibly see this coming down the line at some point.

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Heavy Spoilers 2 aylar önce
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Dustin's Watson's
Dustin's Watson's 2 aylar önce
Great parallel
G 2 aylar önce
Ergot tartamine (specifically rye) = d-lysergic acid diethylamide #25 (pre-cursor + lab) = hallucinationatory bread n cookies. "CURSED BREAD" would be a great death metal band name.
Eugene Tan
Eugene Tan 2 aylar önce
Tango Nevada
Tango Nevada 2 aylar önce
​@JustCallMeLoki It's so funny how the human brain works. It wasn't the daughter, it was the Son (or Son in law) the Mother wasn't pushing it away, she was just sitting there while the son stuffed it in her face. and it was Biscuits not corn bread. Wheat being the issue that started the spread (Ergot). Hence the emphasis on No Pancake Mix, Not eating the biscuits, not eating the Raisin Cookies and no Birthday cake. I get it. I've been there.
Mrtweet81 2 aylar önce
Spoilers or clue explanation? Two very different things…
Sentient Mustache
Sentient Mustache 2 aylar önce
The Last of Us: Want to see me break your heart in the first 30 minutes? *10 years later* The Last of Us: Want to see me do it again?
I'm Lyric
I'm Lyric Aylar önce
That last episode had me crying fr 💀
Lil air fryer
Lil air fryer Aylar önce
@ArcOsprey yeah the touch of actual humans acting it out makes it a lot more moving
ru ᖭི༏ᖫྀ
ru ᖭི༏ᖫྀ Aylar önce
us: *_"yes."_*
RaPtorteAm Aylar önce
Damn, 10 years ago?
Nicholas Metrano
Nicholas Metrano 2 aylar önce
The other thing is that the people with twitch’s (first sign of infection) were people with comprised immune systems . The classmate with a medical bracelet, the elderly woman.
adrianna t
adrianna t Aylar önce
After rewatching, the classmates bracelet was not medical but a gold link.
jon v
jon v Aylar önce
You talking about Covid? 😂😂😳
Ezequiel Carranza
Ezequiel Carranza Aylar önce
He already mentioned that in the vid were you not paying attention💀
Jam Plays!
Jam Plays! Aylar önce
good eye fam
Nicholas Metrano
Nicholas Metrano Aylar önce
@John Ahrens I understand that it would cause it to rise, and rather quickly. However, it also cause it to drop rapidly after a comparatively shorter period of time. That is why, when cooking for diabetic loved ones, it has been recommended to moderate carbohydrates. Pardon my previous typo.
Benjamin Flagg
Benjamin Flagg 2 aylar önce
It’s especially cool knowing that alongside Cordyceps in nature, there has also evolved an anti-Cordyceps parasite, that prevents Cordyceps from taking over hosts by preying on the parasitic fungus itself as it tries to take over a host. Interesting if Ellie somehow is the first human to have been infected by an evolved version of this “good” parasitic fungus. 😊
justabardfromdnd 29 gün önce
theres different strains of cordyceps and well they dont like sharing and so fight other cordyceps it just happens the cordyceps ellie got was the one that prays on a sort of food [i forgot which kind] which is why she is immune
coladict Aylar önce
@6 4 I'm right, and I never implied Joel being evil. In fact I believe he did the right thing for selfish reasons. There is zero chance they would have been able to rule out all other options within half a day and end-up killing Ellie. The doctor was just trying to cover for his inability to make use of her immunity. If he had done the surgery, then later it would have gone like "Oops, we couldn't have known our artificial environment to preserve the sample doesn't work! The sample is dead and useless now."
Jessica Rakowicz
Jessica Rakowicz Aylar önce
MatPat theorized this! I love this theory.
Kevin Wilson
Kevin Wilson 2 aylar önce
They mentioned that the chance of being infected is much higher if you've been in the city. They also said that the neighbor had just been to the city to get her meds. In the truck, when they are talking about whether they could be infected, Joel says that they probably aren't infected because none of them have been to the city recently and while his daughter says she hasn't, she looks worried because that's where she just got his watch fixed.
domenico ruocco
domenico ruocco Aylar önce
good point
Geraint Davies
Geraint Davies Aylar önce
@Martyntd5 fungal spores can survive heat, even being cooked. Same with bacteria. Flour comes into contact with people way before it's baked. There's a very high chance if wheat or rye products, or rice for that matter, get used, that people inhale or even ingest some of those raw products. But does anything specifically evolve to be cooked? besides vegetation that rely on wildfire to disperse seeds. Undercooked wheat, rice and rye products can easily make their way into people's diets.
Creed Bratton
Creed Bratton Aylar önce
Who let him cook
AkuRen Aylar önce
Joel pauses when explaining to Ellie how it could have spread when he brought up pancakes being one of the ones that could infect them
Dn112 2 aylar önce
X-Files had a horrifying episode based on the Cordyceps fungus. Apart of me always wonders if Neal saw that episode as a kid and was just as traumatized as I was lol
Kaz Sozdik
Kaz Sozdik Aylar önce
@Actheman1978 nah, chupakabra was another episode. I can vaguely remember the episode where a stem grows out of an infected persons throat. Yep, gruesome
Actheman1978 Aylar önce
Is that the episode where the man and son became “chupacabras”?
Alice Bowie
Alice Bowie 2 aylar önce
I think planet earth was huge, and most people learned about cordyceps and ant control from that. I eat cordyceps every day. It's just one type of ant that it controls. But speaking of x files, remember when scully started hallucinating due to the red ink in her tattoo, which she got from a Russian prison tattooist.
James Blackburn
James Blackburn 2 aylar önce
Neil Druckman never made the original TLOU. He was on the team as some other executive, but the credit goes to Amy Hennig as she wrote the whole thing.
Jeremy Valencio
Jeremy Valencio 2 aylar önce
@Benwhat denomination are you?
Jerseymade93 2 aylar önce
Tommy looking for pancakes at their breakfast shows how close they all were to getting infected, great writing. You see the Addlers feed the grandmother that biscuit, as Sarah and Joel head to school and work, that was the moment the old lady was infected. Edit: they didn’t have pancakes because joel forgot to get the pancake mix, which really ties in with how consuming his job was because he had to work on his birthday and couldn’t even get home by the time he promised Sarah.
Tyre Qu
Tyre Qu Aylar önce
He also avoid the biscuits because he’s on an AtKins diet
Zhengyang Tian
Zhengyang Tian Aylar önce
I don't really think people could be infected by solely eating cooked foods since that specific fungi barely managed to survive in human temperature.
Tyre Qu
Tyre Qu Aylar önce
I didn’t notice that but now I know they all narrowly avoided infection
Rumiles 2 aylar önce
He also forgot to get a cake which would presumably have flour
bombomos 2 aylar önce
Funny cuz they didn't even make it to sunrise before the first attack.
Pyro Adapt
Pyro Adapt 2 aylar önce
The most terrifying part about the last Of us was when I found out that most of the infected are still in their minds and are aware of what's happening that just as an entire new horror to the entire situation imagine being in your mind trapped inside of an infected body and not having any control over your faquaties and just force to linger around in an abandoned buithing waiting for something alive to come in and trying to eat it against your will. For years no less
Toasty Danzig
Toasty Danzig Aylar önce
I think it affects their conscious state like psychedelic mushrooms. Ya no when u take those mushrooms; depending on how much u take; u kinda have no control or ur mind. It alters your reality. Once I took aloooot of mushrooms, & I don’t remember anything past a certain point. I was tripping hard. So yea. I think this infection would do something similar. It would take control & make u hallucinate or change ur reality like a dream.
midnightduo1 Aylar önce
Lilian A.
Lilian A. Aylar önce
I really don't think that's realistic at all. Such an infection probably would cause severe enough brain damage that the infected would lose their sense of self, not really having a human consciousness "trapped" or anything. The early stages would be similar to some psychotic rage state where the slightest stimulus would trigger them to lash out, and the victims are probably in a constant state of agony, fear and rage.
R - G - C
R - G - C Aylar önce
Yes, that's why you can sometimes see an infected cry alone.
Ebizzill 2 aylar önce
Sarah's silent disgusted face at the oatmeal cookies had me wheezing of laughter.
Cody Erickson
Cody Erickson Aylar önce
Same! 😂 She’s just like… “Oh… 😐”
Timothy Torigian
Timothy Torigian 2 aylar önce
Cool breakdown, I never would have noticed how they avoided flour products the whole episode but it's definitely laced throughout the intro.
Steven Le
Steven Le 2 aylar önce
​@Semechki for Putin Joel was on Atkins, he's the one getting groceries he wouldn't buy any flour
Semechki for Putin
Semechki for Putin 2 aylar önce
@C North a spontaneous evolution of cordyceps everywhere makes no sense, that's not how evolution works. the mutation would occur once, and the mutated fungus then needs to spread.
C North
C North 2 aylar önce
@Semechki for Putin All flour wouldn't be infected evenly, it would just be a roll of the dice. The more flour you consume, the more chance you have that some portion of it is infected, but even one spore would be enough. Although I would think most cooked flour would be safe. But there's also cross contamination, where raw flour might be used, such as breads that get a dusting of raw flour after being cooked, along with general surface contamination that uncooked and cooked flour products might share. And it's not really a single source infection, but rather, a spontaneous evolution of cordyceps everywhere, due to global environmental changes. Which is why it spread so rapidly.
NoHinAmherst 2 aylar önce
He also promised to get a cake and failed to do so. That would be from a bakery and would be contaminated.
Goober 2 aylar önce
@Caron Stoutthe Salem witch hysteria was caused by a political dispute between supporters of the previous and contemporary priest, along with a sectional divide between those who lived in Salem town and those who lived in the rural farms outside of town. You can trace almost every single case of someone being deemed a witch to the farms.
MathewAG 2 aylar önce
Sarah’s face after the lady says it’s raisin cookies is my fave part of the first episode
Cody Erickson
Cody Erickson Aylar önce
Sarah: 😐
HotDogTimeMachine 2 aylar önce
"Deadly infection caused by a fun guy known as Cordy Ceps" The true villain of the story. The final boss of TLoU 3
Spyros Michalopoulos
@Robert Kelly The only failure is you
Trankos 27
Trankos 27 2 aylar önce
Maybe the Last of Us were the cordyceps we made along the way
Filipe Semanas
Filipe Semanas 2 aylar önce
Robert Kelly
Robert Kelly 2 aylar önce
TLOU part III was cancelled due woke failure of part II
Lewis Bush
Lewis Bush 2 aylar önce
Seeing the grandma behind Joel’s daughter freak out while she grabbed the movie was creepy
TheGDunkulific 2 aylar önce
I’m seriously impressed Paul! Catching the link to the fungi, Jakarta, and the central characters not eating bread and wheat products … that’s genius!
BS Killa
BS Killa 2 aylar önce
Genius or...reads TRvid comments and viral Reddit post.
Benjamin Unruh
Benjamin Unruh 2 aylar önce
Bro I been screaming about to to everyone who I know watching the show and they just shoot me a dead look lol
KoilBooly 2 aylar önce
@Ter-Lee I can't wait to watch your standup funny guy!
i minabrons
i minabrons 2 aylar önce
@Ter-Lee I wouldn't exactly call you a Fun Guy, Mr. Comedy.
Jeremiah Chua
Jeremiah Chua 2 aylar önce
The TLOU podcast also mentioned that they put a lot of "breadcrumbs" in the first episode on what caused the infection. So there you go.
CameoCosplay 2 aylar önce
In real life Cordyceps is mostly found in Asia. The genus has a worldwide distribution and most of the approximately 600 species[3] that have been described are from Asia (notably Nepal, China, Japan, Bhutan, Korea, Vietnam, and Thailand). Cordyceps species are particularly abundant and diverse in humid temperate and tropical jungles. So it makes sense for the outbreak to start in Indonesia. Apparently, they don't want it spreading by spores in the TV show because they don't want to cover the actor's faces with gas masks (despite the fact Pedro Pascal has shown he can act with his face fully covered). So it makes sense that they change the initial infection happening due to spores to happening due via ingestion like ergot. (Real-life Cordyceps spreads to insects via spores and unlike ergot and other poison fungi Cordyceps is edible by people and actually has health benefits). The scientist in 60s talks about ergot and other poisonous fungi that cause hallucination, hinting that this fictional cordyceps is like ergot (makes you sick via ingestion) so it makes sense that the original outbreak was spread by bread. The scientist also mentioned human immune systems being able to fight infections (notably fever). This is silly if you think about it since real-life cordyceps are from the jungle and jungles are hot and real-life fungi like coccidioidomycosis (Valley Fever) can infect people just fine. But suspending our disbelief, it makes sense that the first person we see infected is an old woman. Maybe many people ate contaminated wheat but only those with weaker immune systems became infected that way, but they in turn can infect more people through bites which might have a higher risk of infection?
Zay B
Zay B Aylar önce
@Everyone1lies D are u saying pedro pascal wasn’t famous before the mandalorin lol? because that’s definitely not true
CameoCosplay 2 aylar önce
@Everyone1lies D he didn’t leave the Mandalorian he’s still in but his Last of Us contract required him to prioritize filming that so they had to workaround that but the third season of the Mandalorian is about to come out
Everyone1lies D
Everyone1lies D 2 aylar önce
Rumors are that he left the Mandalorin because they wouldn't allow him to show his face as much So it explains why he jumped on this role It was the Mandalorin that was famous not Pedro now as Joel it's Pedro that is famous not Joel
GoofyTuna 2 aylar önce
me omw to eat cordyceps 😈
MrSoldierPants 2 aylar önce
Aren't the biscuits also equally important as she refused to eat food. She was already infected. And once infected the fungi doesn't need food itself as it is feeding off of your body and controlling your brain function so you would no longer feel the need to eat. It is connected to crops in the story as well but I feel like her not eating was another take way there.
MrSoldierPants Aylar önce
@Danny yeah I think we may have had all the wuestion they are going to answer, answered in episode 2. It came from Jakarta in wheat/flour and took 2 days to get to Texas? Some of the times I feel like aren't perfect but hey who cares. In the end just loving the fact this is a TV show now!
Danny Aylar önce
@Unclejerry50th At some point in ep2 they mention nobody lasts more than 2 hrs after being infected, that could just be from direct infection via biting but I feel like ingesting is as effective.
Unclejerry50th 2 aylar önce
True, but chances are she could’ve just had eaten something with wheat in it the day prior. If there aren’t spores in the tv show, I’m not sure how she would’ve gotten infected in the city at all with a fungus unless it was due to the food supply. I think the show saying it was people in the city was more likely just a guess and to calm his daughter down. Also people in the city (usually) are more likely to eat wheat products I feel like, such as making a sandwich and taking it to work
Douglas Pereira
Douglas Pereira 2 aylar önce
It just broke me that “Mercy” (the dog) came to Sarah, but she wasn’t spared. (Of course she wouldn’t, I just think the dog’s name was a sadistic joke on the part of the writers 😅)
Ryan T
Ryan T Aylar önce
Z Nation call out.
Adarsh Choudhary
Adarsh Choudhary 2 aylar önce
@Ethan Schlong Mercy ran away from Sarah. What that denotes is Sarah got no mercy later on as she died
Sebastian Kroneder
Sebastian Kroneder 2 aylar önce
It fits because the neighbors are very religious. But yeah. Mercy ran out on them... pretty poetic.
Person Man
Person Man 2 aylar önce
He's referring to Sarah she found Mercy who then left her
Ethan Schlong
Ethan Schlong 2 aylar önce
Wasn’t spared wtf are you talking about? The dog lived and ran into the darkness
Agent Cooper
Agent Cooper 2 aylar önce
It's funny that people put more effort into understanding how a fictional pandemic started than a real one.
dan bosch
dan bosch Aylar önce
There's no obfuscation, lying, and denial involved in the fake one though.
Katto Doggo
Katto Doggo 2 aylar önce
Yeah 🙄 maybe they will start researching vivid now at least
Jesse Arditty
Jesse Arditty 2 aylar önce
I found a slight editing mistake that I haven’t heard anyone mention: Sarah’s teacher says “your homework is due after class tomorrow”, but then later Tommy doesn’t want to be in jail “all weekend” because it was Friday. There wouldn’t be school the next day
Oddish gaming
Oddish gaming Aylar önce
I have a theory, the teacher had the fungi, so maybe it messed with the brain, maybe, just maybe….
Kristy McNulty
Kristy McNulty Aylar önce
I live in Texas (literally in Austin where this was based) and we never had school on Saturdays in middle or high school. Pretty sure it was just a mistake. I’d rather them mess up insignificant details like that than major ones
Lola Baker
Lola Baker Aylar önce
September 26th 2003( infection day and Joel’s bday) was a Friday, so I bet it was some sort of mistake. And I don’t think she would have classes on Saturday in a Texan high school.
GHURCB ghurcb
GHURCB ghurcb Aylar önce
@Walker1444 idk, I had lessons on Saturdays in school.
Walker1444 Aylar önce
@GHURCB ghurcb nah it’s probably just a mistake
Stacey Dorton
Stacey Dorton Aylar önce
The fear of the doctor in the back of the car was played brilliantly. ‘Did I do something wrong?’
Timothy Torigian
Timothy Torigian 2 aylar önce
Cmon Paul, we all know you're the real Fungi.
DRIPPY VILLAGER 2 aylar önce
Ben 2 aylar önce
@Soulo Dolo Jesus Christ loves you
Ben 2 aylar önce
Jesus Christ loves you
Shen Grant
Shen Grant 2 aylar önce
Don't you mean fun guy! Lol
Liam 2 aylar önce
better call paul
Darth Dave
Darth Dave 2 aylar önce
There was also a line said right before Joel talked about being on Adkins where the older male neighbor offered Sarah some leftover biscuits which would further your argument/claim.
DreadPirate Flappy
DreadPirate Flappy 2 aylar önce
@Ter-Lee dude chill out... did you make a video about it? no.
Ter-Lee 2 aylar önce
Not his claim. We told him about it in his previous videos in the comments. It's fact. Not an arguement. Joel later tells Ellie about it.
RLaneSports 2 aylar önce
They did a good job with Sarahs last scene. You knew it was coming but it still gets to you.
Joey Hernandez
Joey Hernandez 2 aylar önce
I'm pretty sure it has to do with the flour , by most people avoiding eating it as joel, his brother and Sarah, its a really neat detail !
Bill Buckmaster
Bill Buckmaster 2 aylar önce
Good analysis on the food theory. I think that is very likely the source of the infection. Who was patient zero? And I wonder if food is still tainted 20 years later or it is just spreading due to the sheer volume of infected.
CosmicFrank 2 aylar önce
It would be almost impossible to find a patient zero because of how fast it spread. Because it being food related, everyone got infected at once
Jov 4 Lyfe
Jov 4 Lyfe 2 aylar önce
I hope they expand on more stuff like Joel's PTSD, that's a great change with a lot of possibilities to explore.
Kylie Smith
Kylie Smith 2 aylar önce
Same here. That moment where he had a flashback was so well done. I'm literally thinking of watching it again just because of how amazing the episode was!
Damian Starks
Damian Starks 2 aylar önce
The opening of the first episode gave me I am legend vibes. Thanks for this breakdown and comparisons on how the virus spread.
Ynnos Redd
Ynnos Redd 2 aylar önce
I always see John Hannah (the scientist who explained the fungi) as Quintis Lentulus Batiatus from Spartacus series.
Gray Archon
Gray Archon Aylar önce
I love the Spartacus series but for some reason that actor is always the scientist from Agents of SHIELD to me.
Tom D 765
Tom D 765 2 aylar önce
really random comment, but john hannah played my brother’s father in a film when he was younger!:)
Ronny Nordlund
Ronny Nordlund 2 aylar önce
Me too bro hehe
102012 2 aylar önce
Also fun way to guess someone's age is where they recognise him from, if it's from Spartacus or the Mummy. 😂
Kelsey Kramer
Kelsey Kramer 2 aylar önce
@PipHead That's what he is to me, the goofy brother 😂😂
pschroeter1 2 aylar önce
What's amusing to me is there a a million zombie shows that I don't watch, but I find this one very engaging and terrifying. I assume it's because of the fungi angle.
Mephostopheles Aylar önce
The characters are also just really good and, particularly in the show, well-acted.
Артем Кривицкий
They could have eaten flour products before, was it really only on this day that the infection was contained in food? It also mentioned that those who were in the city could get infected, but Joel was at work and Sarah was at school where one of her classmates might have been infected (the boy whose arm was shaking). In general, it is not entirely clear, but thanks for the explanation.
Chidiya 2 aylar önce
It was on a 24h window, since the consumption of the contaminated food to the DAYBREAK, based on FEDRA warning of how it spreads
Frostwolf103 2 aylar önce
Different products yes. Not just flour products, but also potentially coffee products, tea. Drugs is also on the table.
Sabian 2 aylar önce
Everybody hit the nail on the head here. Luck, different vendors, story purposes. But also flour is packaged and shipped/bought at different times and not every pack would necessarily have to have the fungus
silent ninja
silent ninja Aylar önce
The pancakes!! Sarah asks Joel if they have pancake mix and he says no. In the second episode we find out the first known incident in Jakarta is at a flour factory and the scientist says it was the perfect substrate for the fungus. 🤯
CourageousNobody 2 aylar önce
Watching this after episode two really proves just how well crafted your analysis is. I won't mention any specific details just in case anybody's really worried about any spoilers.
Jon Taylor
Jon Taylor 2 aylar önce
I was wondering how people could become infected without being bitten and no spores. Nailed it!
R R 2 aylar önce
Awesome breakdown! Adding elements that makes it more believable and likely to happen in the future makes me more invested on this adaptation. :)
coladict 2 aylar önce
Yeah, I noticed the heavy emphasis on them not eating the cookies, too. Definitely a good candidate for the source of the infection.
Dylan Wiker
Dylan Wiker 2 aylar önce
Loving the series so far!
lenebop23 2 aylar önce
Really cool to see details pointed out that would have otherwise gone over my head! Also, I was not expecting a Darkplace comparison to be thrown in there, but I thoroughly enjoyed it 🤣 👌🏼
W M 2 aylar önce
This was such a good video!!! The story about a similar outbreak in real life was amazing! I had no idea. Added a whole new dimension to the story.
XkiraX 2 aylar önce
And made it scarier...
Zya Reign
Zya Reign 2 aylar önce
It would be interesting if they explain it out in the show/series. I like the theory about the flour being contaminated and you might just be on to it since they seemed to purposely avoid food in the episode. Im just going to have to watch it again ;)
Dave Johnson
Dave Johnson 2 aylar önce
I love the series so far, and the theories you've thrown in here make it even creepier... In a century or two, will the planet just be a ball of fungi?
BFox and Friends
BFox and Friends 2 aylar önce
This is for sure my new favorite series!
HeyLookItsLiam 2 aylar önce
@BFox and Friends brother this comment is so unhinged
BFox and Friends
BFox and Friends 2 aylar önce
@Pizza Pizza idk, just the way she looks. 🤷‍♂️ But honestly, it’s 2023, you should be happy that they didn’t cast her as a dude from another race. (And before anyone calls me racist, I’m not. I just think that some roles require certain fits. You wouldn’t cast Lizzo as Elton John in “Rocketman”, you wouldn’t cast The Rock as one of “Charlie’s Angels”, and you wouldn’t star Tom Hanks as a main character in “Crazy Rich Asians”. And sadly enough, this is exactly the type of crap they’ve been doing to our entertainment.)
EndGame 2 aylar önce
Thanks Paul. This was a great and informative video. Actually blew my mind
Heavy Spoilers
Heavy Spoilers 2 aylar önce
Thank you
Satchel Aylar önce
I never really thought about it but in episode 2 they mentioned the infection began in a wheat and grain factory. And the old lady in episode 1 was eating biscuits and got infected. And Joel, Sarah, and tommy were all supposed to have pancakes for breakfast. It’s possible had they eaten pancakes the flour in the mix could have the contaminants in it.
Lawrence Hill
Lawrence Hill 2 aylar önce
In the last of us podcast, it was definitely insinuated that there are going to be some big twist explanations from this episode later and I think you hit it right on!
Lawrence Hill
Lawrence Hill 2 aylar önce
@Aodhán beag yes, that's where I listened to it.
Aodhán beag
Aodhán beag 2 aylar önce
There’s a podcast? Is it on Spotify?
CanadianWolverine Aylar önce
Joel and Ellie have a conversation in Episode 3 that confirms you nailed it: It was in the food "That makes more sense than the monkeys"
Rick Drew
Rick Drew 2 aylar önce
You ALWAYS bring fresh, smart insights that we don't see anywhere else! Thanks!
Ter-Lee 2 aylar önce
Not his insight. We told him about the flour and stuff in his previous videos in the comments.
Saad Asaad
Saad Asaad 2 aylar önce
The infection in TLOU gave me nightmares back in 2013 -15 but then i thought I'll probably be dead by the time the fungus gets to that point
Truman Burbanks
Truman Burbanks 2 aylar önce
It's a good thing that we don't have to worry about Joel ever dying throughout this entire series. WHEW WHAT A RELIEF!
Wade Reynolds /Deadpool
The centerpiece of Episode 1 was the 30-minute prologue scene, which showed Joel and his young daughter, Sarah, the day a massive fungal zombie outbreak began in Jakarta and quickly spread around the world.
Cyber Coastal
Cyber Coastal 2 aylar önce
Series is 🔥. Definitely agree with the flour/bread theory.
Ter-Lee 2 aylar önce
It's not a theory or his theory. It's fact and Joel later tells Ellie the same thing. We also told Heavy Spoilers about it in his previous videos in the comments that he ripped off of.
YackyYam 2 aylar önce
Wow, I love the deep dive into the source of the infection! Great video.
Unknown 2 aylar önce
I'm just starting to see this video but the scary part is that this could be very well within the realm of possibility if parameters or random chance applies. Even without the "attack and infect any other human being" part but just "move somewhere and grow stalks and release spores", it's a scary thought if it were to occur. It's at least way more believable or possible than magical undead zombies that are rotting corpses basically and where you have to destroy the (also rotten???) brain.
Truth Assassin
Truth Assassin 2 aylar önce
Great video was always! Now we just need to know the who,what,how and where that created this fungal infection in the food products. If there wasn't a pronounced problem prior to September 26th, 2003 and then all the sudden there was, I would love to see an episode that covers this topic. Basically like a patient zero episode where once and for all events caused this systemic fungal infection in the first place. The games and now we have the TV show basically only cover the after-effects I would love to see what brought it on to begin with.
joberk3 2 aylar önce
This was a good video! Can’t wait to see more The Last of Us breakdowns.
Luck Dragon Lair
Luck Dragon Lair 2 aylar önce
The bread products was good catch. I totally missed it because I was focused on dreading what was coming and gripping my tissues ;-p
Ter-Lee 2 aylar önce
He didn't catch it though. He read our comments in his previous videos explaining the tainted wheat/flour and how they barely missed getting infected.
tom awen
tom awen 2 aylar önce
Excellent analysis! Impressive! Makes me suspect every bakery item I see now!
Heavy Spoilers
Heavy Spoilers 2 aylar önce
Can’t trust Greggs
TemplarMedic 2 aylar önce
Great video thank you. The history lesson was spot on, and I am anxious to look for more information on the moldy flour. Gig'em.
Matty Boy B
Matty Boy B 2 aylar önce
Wow so informative!! So much more than basic TRvid entertainment. You’ve gotta be one of the best channels on TRvid bro!!
Bulat_Shams Aylar önce
As it happened at the same in the world, I'd assume it mutated while back and stayed dormant for the specific period of time to wake up at the same time and start infecting people. So while it was dormant, it had time to travel from Indonesia to every corner of the world.
Eugene Tan
Eugene Tan 2 aylar önce
the scientist is the actor who played jonathan in the mummy 1999,his most memorable scene for me was when he treid to pretend he was among the infected and chant "Imhotep" lol.
Eugene Tan
Eugene Tan 2 aylar önce
@DreadPirate Flappy That's what i love about John Hannah The Most His Characters are Believable and hard to believe that is the same actor 😄
DreadPirate Flappy
DreadPirate Flappy 2 aylar önce
he's played a lot of roles. good actor, but hard to see him as a world renowned scientist after he played such a dumb shit in the mummy. lol.
John Smith, Dumfugg
Love the Dark Place bit, but hate when people call any infection a 'virus'
Pete Cuss
Pete Cuss 2 aylar önce
Still haven’t watched the show, but I’m looking forward to seeing your breakdowns each week!
Payton Commack
Payton Commack 2 aylar önce
The series will probably be taking a slightly more mainstream approach to how they structure the episodes by adding in other subplots, additions to how the small organizations use protocols, or altered mechanics to the infected.
Cuppah T
Cuppah T 2 aylar önce
Brilliant first ep, played both games a lot… looking forward to meeting Bill in it
Arthur BRIAND 2 aylar önce
I remember some promotionnal material in France that said that Cordycep was the new craze in Asian food export for its medicinal virtues, since the Beijing Olympics and that it started being exported to the West around 2013. A contaminated batch must have started the infection
Quentin Green
Quentin Green 2 aylar önce
With the explanation at the start… what if Ellie’s immunity is just a slightly higher body temp as a result of the fungus mutation?
Quentin Green
Quentin Green 2 aylar önce
@TiredOfYou we are talking about a fictional event. So yes that answer suffices because refuting it would require real world science and not listing the rules of debate. Could crash bandicoot become a clicker? Doesn’t matter it’s fake and so is crash.
TiredOfYou 2 aylar önce
@Quentin Green Fundamentally, that defeats the purpose. If your answer to a refutation of an hypothesis is to say "yeah, but it's fiction so it doesn't have to make sense," you've fundamentally invalidated the entire point of thinking about the media at all. It doesn't have to make sense, and we can watch it and accept that, but in the context of analysis and hypothesized logic the entire point is to overthink it. Why is everyone so bad at not being wrong?
OctoScorpion 2 aylar önce
@Wyatt is that where they got the idea for the movie "The Girl With All The Gifts"?
Wyatt 2 aylar önce
Take into count that your body temp can change anytime for any reason. Our bodies are constantly changing. So as much as i like that theory, they already explained how she is immune. Her mom was bit while pregnant, Ellie was infected as an unborn baby and so the fungus intertwined with her brain and was most likely attached to her immunr system making her somewhat in control
Frostwolf103 2 aylar önce
That may explains the immunity being built differently. The intimate moment with Riley may also raise the body temperature
ComeGetSome 2 aylar önce
Good job reading into those hints. I didn’t see them as clearly as you did. I will knit pick a little here and at 3:20-ish you called it a virus 😂. Just teasing over all since this whole video you had called it a fungus, but I couldnt resist! 🤣
Magos_Gladii Aylar önce
A similar fungal infection affected a large quantity of cocoa beans in 2019 I think, as such it affected chocolate supply for a while and Cordycepts is more likely to come into contact with cocoa and coffee beans anyway and would affect a huge number of people
HotSizzleTV 2 aylar önce
On the the best video games I ever played from a story & gameplay 10/10 now the show is freaking amazing as well.
Sarah's face when they were going to be raisin cookies killed me. I was like "Same.." 🤣
Jam Plays!
Jam Plays! Aylar önce
it's actually very realistic as to how we could be infected by spores and fungi at the beginning. obviously we can't really predict how a fungi would change us and the way we acted, but we can assume it would be horrible.
Jay Wes
Jay Wes 2 aylar önce
You went so in-depth with the history. Me and my cousin watched this and we don’t want to eat now. No carbs! Lol.
stanlowcrickets 888
stanlowcrickets 888 2 aylar önce
Eggs will likely be contaminated by fungi and other bacteria, also other meats, soy, water, plant foods may be contaminated One can sanitize wheat by freeze/thaw/freeze in freezer for certain parasites/fungi and of course X-ray irradiate…yet takes time and resources.
Heavy Spoilers
Heavy Spoilers 2 aylar önce
Had the drop it at lunch time lol
Frostwolf103 2 aylar önce
Flour can be used in many different ways, you can find in stores in many food categories like bread, cereal, cakes, you can also find in restaurants and fast food just by flour. Tommy did survive twice in the day by the morning at home and in the evening when he's out eating when one of the customers tried to attack the restaurant personnel and Tommy just got arrested for trying to knock out the customer that is likely infected from eating that contains the contaminated flour. If it's also believed that if the infection originated on Indonesia and evolved to infect more than just rye plants but also coffee beans for example? Indonesia is renowned to have fine flour and coffee products, a world player actually. So I can imagine that shipping contaminated goods across the world in matter of two weeks before Outbreak Day may occurs (Could be less than two weeks) and I think even in 2003 and two weeks duration before shit hit the fan, whoever makes the drugs on U.S sees nice profit to sell drugs to fight against Indonesian rabies. Like you know, that one chapter on World War Z book. The big difference between this book and The Last of Us HBO series is that the drug may be also contaminated with the fungi disease, ONE thing has in common with all of this: Ergot. This fungi disease infects via ingestion. Also Salem Witch Trials which is no way to be coincidental that this actually happened before. But the big question: How did the fungi evolves into same species trying to attack and infect them as well, I doubt Ergot does all of this so maybe this fungi is a combo with something else even if that's naturally mutated.
Sal Utauo
Sal Utauo Aylar önce
I like to think the fact that the people who have been infected are still conscious just like the insects since the zombie ants fungi only takes over their motor control
Louis Berry
Louis Berry 2 aylar önce
Love the opening and adds to the infection when it starts.
marc leech
marc leech 2 aylar önce
always love your videos but the fact that you included garth marenghi's darkplace makes this one even better!
Jadan W
Jadan W Aylar önce
In episode 3 Joel said it was speculated that it was in the food supply (flour) and I would say that the grandma who turned into a runner from that but I think it’s cus they went into the city earlier with her
Christmas Sticker
Christmas Sticker 2 aylar önce
Unexpected Garth Marenghi is the best Garth Marenghi. 😂 Personally, I'm waiting for " Not my fault! Monkey bastard hands!".
Heavy Spoilers
Heavy Spoilers 2 aylar önce
kudoas 2 aylar önce
if anyone is interested in more content about this kind of fungus, there is a fun book called cold storage by David Koepp that deals with an aggressive version of it
Seon Cumberbatch
Seon Cumberbatch 2 aylar önce
I can’t wait for episode 2 thanks for the update Paul
Sword Domo
Sword Domo 2 aylar önce
I like how the cookies containing yeast got the neighbors, and penicillin etc got those in and around the hospital. I think it was hinted that the daughter was infected.
CookiePwnster 2 aylar önce
The only thing that shook me was their lack of mask etiquette when they found the 'flowering' infected body that was plastered against the wall. I mean, that's why they get all gross like that. To spread spores, so.. I hope to see masks on in future episodes. MY IMMERSION PLEASE
C North
C North 2 aylar önce
Masks wouldn't stop it. Even a single spore would mean infection, and there's no way you'd be able to decontaminate your body from every spore after being exposed to a cloud of spores. Eventually one would get through. That's also why they're not really making it about the spores, because it's just not logistically feasible to create a live action show with spores. And I think the easy answer is the "flowering" isn't for spores, it's for connections to the greater mycelium network, merely by branching out. Of course this should still result in potential airborne exposure, but if they did that then the whole premise of the show would be pointless, because everyone in the world would be infected already. You could look at it like if it's at a point it can be breathed in, it's because it's dry and flaking particulates that are already dead, thus cannot infect you. Also there may be only a very specific short window of flowering time, and may also require certain conditions (like lots of moisture and darkness and a warm temperature), which would make spores a rare enough occurrence that people would not worry about much. That one guy on the wall was in a clearly dry and cool basement area, missing the moisture and temperature needed to enter a flowering stage. So I'm sure at some point we might see a flowering stage in specific environments where it's suitable. It may also require more than one person to enter the flowering stage, as the flowering stage might be a resource intensive process that requires a minimal amount of infected to be present in one area, under the right conditions. Just like a mushroom might pop up in a yard out of nowhere for a few days because the conditions are just right.
Debra 2 aylar önce
Great review! I think it was spread through a food source.
HarshlyCritical 2 aylar önce
Darkplace has to be my favorite surrealist comedy. The full series is on TRvid it's a treat
Robert Taylor
Robert Taylor 2 aylar önce
I'm genuinely impressed. This is your best video ever. Insanely detailed logic.
Damon Allen
Damon Allen 2 aylar önce
No personal theories I just appreciate how the show let the story unfold. It good to see Sarah and her back story with the watch and the neighbors.
Tom Clarke
Tom Clarke Aylar önce
Now this actually makes sense. Because I’ve never understood a worldwide outbreak of a disease that is spread through biting alone.
Schools 2 aylar önce
I'm looking forward to your episode 2 breakdown Tonight or early tomorrow morning.
Mr. Ras Lyon
Mr. Ras Lyon 2 aylar önce
Man, Thandie Newton didnt have a daughter, she had a clone 🤣 She did good as Sarah.
Thomas Smart
Thomas Smart 2 aylar önce
there was an internet story of a guy who injected himself with shrooms - left him with a whole bunch of spore constantly growing in his blood - they have meds to keep him alive - but he must take a lot of them "That's what I heard on the road, anyhow. Take it for what it is." - Bodhan Feddic
LeoDe 2 aylar önce
Wtf you are right
harlequinne Aylar önce
So far I have been so happy with the show. Had a bit of an issue with Bella Ramsay's Ellie for the first little bit, but she definitely grew on me quickly as the foul mouthed psychopath lol.
wisemoon40 2 aylar önce
Molds and other fungi are very common, but parasitic fungi not so much. There’s a big difference between a fungi entering the industrial food chain is different from a parasitic fungi spreading through spores. If you scratch the surface, the science behind CBI doesn’t hold up.
A27 Aylar önce
In the other source, the actor who played the profesor said that the series took place in Canada 2:04, and all the "patient" in hospital in that scene actually Indonesian who study abroad or live in that city
Coolio Star Stache
Coolio Star Stache 2 aylar önce
I did not expect Garth Marenghi's Darkplace to show up in this video, but I'm not at all complaining, because that show is amazing
Adrian K
Adrian K 2 aylar önce
Super stoked for the next episode!
Lord Venjix
Lord Venjix 2 aylar önce
Fantastic Episode 🔥🔥
kidminja44 2 aylar önce
A few minutes in I was so confused as to who the girl sitting next to Joel was in the live action. Not realizing they changed the character for it in live action
Alicia Riojas
Alicia Riojas 2 aylar önce
There was quite a lot I was able to catch myself when watching the episode but I always love seeing the perspectives of other’s and what they notice
MrMoistMan722 2 aylar önce
Paul and team always keeping us entertained thanknyou
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