'The Last of Us': Neil Druckmann describes seeing clickers come back to life
"It's a really weird, exciting feeling that's hard to put into words."
HBO's "The Last of Us" was critically acclaimed, and its creators were praised for bringing video games to television. The series, based on the 2013 video game of the same name, has been praised by many for its near-perfect adaptation. That's largely down to the minds behind the original game, Neil Druckmann, on board for the series. Perfectly recreated scenes and familiar storylines make this series a must-see so far. However, nothing can match the realism of the most terrifying sight in the series - the Clickers.
In a conversation with James Dyer, host of the Pilot TV podcast, co-host Druckmann described how he felt when he first saw the Clicker prosthetics in action, and how real they looked. "So, you see, you're approving concept art, and then you forget about it and move on to a million other things," he said. "Then one day, they were like, 'Oh, Neil, we need you to come and see something.'" It was the first time they had two stuntmen in full Clicker prosthetics, and they were both standing there, They have notepads waiting to write down anything from me Say. He continued, "So I went in and looked at them and they were moving like clickers, and one of our guys, Sam, who was such a big fan of the game, he could even make the clicker sound."
Druckmann further revealed what it was like to see these actors bring his old work to life in 2D. "So they sounded and moved like Clickers," he recalls. "I saw it in real life, Everyone is looking at me and my eyes are watering. Like I'm about to cry! It’s so surreal — I’ve been in this situation many times while making the show, and I’d walk on set and I’d be blown away by what I’m seeing because it’s in real life. It's not just on a 2D display, I'm standing in it, or I'm looking at it, or I can touch it. "It's a very strange, exciting feeling that's hard to put into words," Druckmann summed up his emotions.
Clickers are infected humans who see their bodies destroyed by the Cordyceps fungus so viciously that it erupts from their heads, blind them. To move around and locate prey, clickers use echolocation and make clicking sounds. Encountering Clickers in-game without preparation is almost doomed to death, and seeing them is actually terrifying. When a pair of them appeared in the show's second episode, seeing them snarl must have sent shivers down most people's spines, proving the authenticity of the prosthetics that brought these terrifying creatures to life.
"The Last of Us" airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on HBO and HBO Max. Watch Druckmann's clip below:
What does it feel like to see a Clicker come to life? #TheLastOfUs co-showrunner Neil Druckmann tells @jamescdyer all about it in our Spoiler Special – live now on the Pilot+ feed!Subscribe to Pilot+ to listen: https://t.co/zCz1ikiSnw pic.twitter.com/UlNu6mcYlS— Pilot TV (@PilotTVPod) January 31, 2023