HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 25: Writer Craig Mazin attends the AMPAS' Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Program presents the 100th podcast of "Scriptnotes" on July 25, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Valerie Macon/Getty Images)
Movies - TV
The Aspect Of HBO's The Last Of Us That Truly Scares Showrunner Craig Mazin
HBO’s upcoming series, “The Last of Us,” follows two strangers uniting on a dangerous trip across an America laid to waste by a global infection. At an interview roundtable attended by /Film's Ben Pearson, “The Last of Us” co-creator Craig Mazin revealed that the scariest element of the fungus-infested world is its zombies.
Mazin emphasized that “The Last of Us” isn't a zombie apocalypse scenario rooted in impossibility. “These are not zombies crawling out of graves,” Mazin pointed out. “There is no magic. There's no spirits and spooks. It's science. And to me, nothing is scarier than a scientist being scared. That's when I get scared.”
“The Last of Us” is a pandemic story about a health crisis that upends society, which is eerily familiar to the COVID-19 global pandemic, and the show’s health crisis leads to a zombie apocalypse. Even more chilling, the inspiration for the infection in “The Last of Us” is based on a real-life fungus, which makes Mazin’s fears very understandable.