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The Last of Us TV Series Banned Use of the Word ‘Zombie’ on Set

Bella Ramsey stars as Ellie in HBOs the last of us
Bella Ramsey stars as Ellie in HBOs the last of us
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The Last of Us, the hit video game, has been re-imagined as an HBO TV series and fans are completely engrossed every week. Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey lead the show, which has been receiving rave reviews for its gripping storyline, character development, and cinematography. However, one surprising fact has been revealed by the show’s cinematographer, Eben Bolter – the cast and crew were forbidden to use the word “zombie” on set!

In an interview with, Bolter revealed that “We weren’t allowed to say the Z word on set. It was like a banned word. They were the Infected. We weren’t a zombie show.” This is indeed surprising since the word “zombie” is commonly used in most zombie movies and TV shows. However, this decision was made to distinguish The Last of Us from the clichéd Hollywood depiction of zombies.

Bolter emphasized that the focus of the show was always on the characters rather than the Infected. He stated, “The Infected are an obstacle they have to deal with. It’s character first and then just tell the story.” The show portrays the Infected as an integral part of the characters’ lives, with Ellie’s interest in studying their fibers reflecting her determination to find a solution to the world’s problems. Bolter stated that this interest also allows the audience to see the darker side of Ellie, revealing her capacity for anger and hatred.

The Last of Us TV series takes a unique approach to the zombie genre by focusing on the naturalism of the world the characters inhabit. Bolter stated that the show’s world is “organic cinematic naturalism” which allows the characters and their surroundings to become more believable, thus adding to the show’s authenticity. This naturalistic approach adds to the tension and suspense, making it a more engrossing and thrilling experience for the viewers.

The Last of Us TV series has been renewed for a second season, and fans are eagerly waiting for it. The show’s decision to ban the word “zombie” on set is a testament to the creators’ vision and their determination to break free from the clichéd depiction of zombies. The Last of Us offers a fresh and innovative take on the zombie genre, and fans are hoping that it will continue to captivate them in the upcoming season.

Trevor Decker




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