People have been texting pictures of mushrooms and information about mushrooms to The Last of Us bosses Neil Druckmann and Craig Mazin for a long time now. It has to stop. This story contains spoilers for The Last of Us.
In an interview attended by The Hollywood Reporter, Druckmann said his friends have been overwhelming him with information about mushrooms since the game came out in 2013. Craig Mazin, the showrunner and writer of the Last of Us HBO series, is getting inundated, too, and just wants it to end.
“Anywhere a mushroom pops up, I get someone texting me,” Mazin said. “People will text me pictures of mushrooms as they’re walking. I’m like, ‘I don’t care!’ Every powdered cordyceps product, I have been sent a link to.”
People have been eating cordyceps for thousands of years and enjoying their medicinal benefits, and this practice continues today, which explains all the powdered cordyceps products that Mazin is getting linked to. Cordyceps could even be the solution to safe and environmentally friendly pesticides. The fungal plague depictured on the TV series and in the game is a work of fiction that plays off our fear of what we don’t know, mushroom expert Paul Stamets believes.
HBO’s The Last of Us wrapped up its first season on March 12 with a heartbreaking finale that involved Joel making a very important choice.
The Last of Us Season 2 will enter production this summer, according to Pedro Pascal, but there is no word yet on when the hit show will return. Season 2 will follow the events of The Last of Us Part II, but there will be deviations, just like the first season of the show. And whereas Season 1 covered the plot beginning to end of the first game, Season 2 won’t do the same for the game sequel, suggesting Season 3 is coming.
The doctor that Joel murders to save Ellie in the Season 1 finale is the father of Abby, a central character in The Last of Us Part II who is expected to appear in the sequel.
For more on The Last of Us Season 1 finale, check out GameSpot’s interview with Marlene actress Merle Dandridge shared below.
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