Exploring the Four Types of Infected in ‘The Last of Us’

Episode 2 of HBO’s “The Last of Us” Reveals Four Types of Infected

Episode 2 of HBO’s “The Last of Us,” based on the popular video game series, delves into where and when the infection that causes the mutated humans, known as “The Cordyceps”, began (India, 2003). A Federal Disaster Response Agency document shown in the episode reveals the rates of infection based on how quickly it takes effect – 5 to 15 minutes for bites to the face or neck, 2 to 6 hours for the torso or arms and between 12 and 24 hours for bites to the legs.

The episode also unveiled the four types of Infected: Runners, Stalkers, Clickers, and Bloaters.

Runners, which occur after recently infected persons, take control of the victim’s locomotor system and make it fast and agile in an attempt to have them bite someone and spreads the infection. They travel in groups, known as swarms, and have a hive mind if one of them discovers a prey’s whereabouts.

Stalkers, with 2-54 weeks since infection, have lost physical agility but in return have gained a bit of intelligence. They take advantage of their environment and wait for the right moment to attack their prey.

Clickers, infected for more than a year, are physically mutated and completely blind – although their ears are attuned to location their prey. Clickers are ferocious and deadly in close combat.

Finally, Bloaters are a rare, dangerous evolution of the third phase of infection. As if the Cordyceps act as a shield, their bodies are covered in several layers, making them incredibly resilient. They can rip mushrooms from their bodies and throw them like a spore grenade and are vulnerable to fire.

The remaining 7 episodes of The Last of Us HBO series will further expand on the lore of the game and its infected.

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