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The Last of Us Showrunners Know Fans Want More Clickers

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HBO's The Last Of Us has just concluded its first season. The show has been lauded for its performances from its stars Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey, the sensitive and well considered changes from the Game, and emotionally impactful moments that have hit basically every time. But aside from the human moments, some fans have thought that one particular aspect hasn't been clicking.

While most viewers have been enjoying the adaptation, there have been repeated discussion on forums and across the 'net that the show is lacking a component that was vital to the game's tension and success. That would be the clickers of course. "Not enough clickers" is the basic complaint and the showrunners, Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann, are aware of the criticism and addressed the concerns in a recent interview.

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While viewers did get to see many clickers in the early episodes of The Last of Us, as the series progressed some fans started to get antsy about the lack of clicker action, and the creators of the show have seen these complaints about the irregular presence of the fungal infected. But fans can take heart that Season 2 will feature "a lot more infected".

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Speaking to reporters during a virtual press conference (via Variety), Mazin said: "Ultimately, we generally stressed the power of relationships and trying to find significance within moments of action.

"And so there may be less action than some people wanted because we couldn't necessarily find significance for quite a bit of it, or [there was] concern that it would be rePetitive", he continued. "After all, you're not playing it, you're watching it. And although a lot of people do like to watch Gameplay, it needs to be a little more focused and purposeful when we're putting it on TV".

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Mazin also mentioned that the video Game features a much higher kill count than on the show, because the Game's play is centred on killing NPCs such as raiders, FEDRA, or infected. "It's much higher than we would want for the show", Neil Druckmann said, referring to the Game's kill count. But for the TV adaptation, if an action scene "doesn't move character, and it was only there for spectacle, it was an easy cut for us", Druckmann added.

Mazin teased that it is "quite possible" that Season 2 will feature a lot more infected and perhaps "different kinds". For those who have played The Last of Us Part 2, they'll know that these "different kinds" include some truly terrifying examples. We will have to wait a while, of course, before we see Season 2 and more clicker action, but fans will be waiting keenly.

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