The stars of HBO’s The Last of Us series, Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey, have shared their reactions to seeing the half-zombie, half-fungus infused Clickers for the first time.
Revealed in a new interview with (below), Pascal seemed to have a reaction somewhere between disgust and fear, while Ramsey found them to be somewhat beautiful.
“You were very grossed out by them,” they said to Pascal. “I found them sort of beautiful. That’s what was scary actually. I think the beauty that they had, that was what was terrifying.”
Pascal did agree somewhat, describing the Clickers – which are humans who act like zombies as a result of what’s called the Cordyceps fungus growing out of their heads – as “a monstrous, floral nightmare”.
He did retch at the word “fungus”, however, as Ramsay added: “The whole fungus, [the] Cordyceps infection is based on science. Theoretically it’s possible, and that’s what’s also terrifying.”
Fans will get to enjoy (or not) their own reaction to the Clickers when The Last of Us premieres on HBO Max on January 15. Details around the show were hazy for a long time but the marketing train has been speeding up for the last few months, with HBO sharing new looks at the cast and a dramatic official trailer.
Ryan Dinsdale is an freelancer and acting UK news editor. He’ll talk about The Witcher all day.