LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 09: (L-R) Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey attend HBO's "The Last of Us" Los Angeles Premiere on January 09, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/NewsMagic for HBO)
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The Coolest Easter Eggs We Found In The Last Of Us Season 1
Seattle Opening
The opening sequence of each episode of "The Last of Us" references Seattle — the central location of "The Last of Us Part II" — through a quick depiction of the cordyceps fungus spreading across the abstract shape of the United States. It is a quick and vague reference, but audiences have nine chances to spot it.
Sam Drake's Lighter
Tess' lighter in "The Last of Us" is noticeably engraved with a lone star and the number "76." The lighter is a recreation of the one belonging to swashbuckling explorer Sam Drake in the "Uncharted" series, the previous juggernaut franchise of game developer Naughty Dog, making it a unique referential leap in the show.
Pedro Gear Solid
Although "The Last of Us" could be adapted successfully without gameplay due to its reliance on traditional cutscenes for storytelling, the creators still included gameplay in the show. One example of this is the sequence in the Freedom Museum of Boston where Joel and Ellie quietly navigate past Clickers, which is directly copied from the game.
Turning Kombat
The game introduces "The Turning," an ultra-violent fighting game equivalent to "Mortal Kombat," to avoid copyright infringement. However, since Warner Bros. Discovery owns both HBO and the "Mortal Kombat" license, Ellie is shown enjoying a few rounds of "Mortal Kombat II" and discussing it with Joel in the adaptation.
Rear Window
In the episode "Long Long Time," Joel and Ellie drive away from Bill and Frank's humble abode in Lincoln, Massachusetts, viewed from the dearly departed couple's bedroom window. It's one of the most obvious nods to the original game, which mirrors the interior window shot of the game's title screen.