We will be focusing on a specific component of The Last of Us episode two, which will involve the show’s conclusion and a significant character. If you haven’t seen the episode yet, be advised that there will be spoilers ahead.
The episode opens with a flashback to the beginnings of the cordyceps infection. Christine Hakim, a well-known Indonesian actress, gives a strong performance in this piece, which was filmed there. After that, Ellie, Joel, and Tess are back in the picture because they now know the girl is positive. Joel hesitantly concurs with Tess’ request to move forward with their Fireflies mission. However, as those who have played the game will know, one of these three will not be with us at the end of the episode.
From the game, the show deviates. Despite the fact that Tess’ infection and sacrifice are the same, gamers of Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us see her death at the hands of FEDRA soldiers. Tess sacrifices herself and lights up the Capitol building in her final moments in the HBO adaptation, but we don’t actually witness Tess die; instead, there is an explosion to show that she has passed away. She was bitten by a clicker when they fled the museum and travelled to meet the (dead) Fireflies, as can also be seen. The story starts to unravel a bit at this point.
The Last of Us Poster
We catch a quick glimpse of a poster reading “Time To Full Infection” in the first episode of The Last of Us. Those who have been bitten on the neck, face, or head have just five to fifteen minutes before they develop a full infection, according to the poster. Two to eight hours apply to individuals who were bitten on the torso, arm, shoulder, or hand, whereas 12 to 24 hours apply to those who were bitten on the leg or foot.
When Tess pulls her shirt collar back to reveal a bite on her lower neck, viewers can see that she has been bitten and that the region is visibly infected because cordyceps veins are extending outward from the bite site. Tess takes a break to bandage her sprained ankle after being bitten by a clicker in the museum. They must then cross the rooftops, descend, and proceed to the Capitol building. Tess would undoubtedly be completely infected by the time they arrived at their rendezvous after all of this effort and time.
However, Tess appears to be completely aware of both her body and intellect in the show. She is intelligent enough to realise that she wants to die for Ellie and Joel, and physically capable enough to get the house ready for a raging explosion. She isn’t bouncing around as granny was in the first episode, but her hand does start to compulsively shake and twitch, revealing her infected status. To merely display a shaking hand after being bitten in the neck, fight off a full infection, then transform into a runner in the time it took to leave the museum and reach the Capitol building, Tess must have a powerful immune system.
However, this might only be a minor plot flaw and won’t likely interfere with anyone’s pleasure of the programme. Individual infection rates can vary, therefore it’s possible that Tess was able to reach the Capitol building within 15 minutes of leaving the museum and getting bitten, despite having a sprained ankle. Whatever happens, we will undoubtedly continue to watch the third episode, which has been hailed as one of the highlights. I’ll see you Sunday!