the series premiere last survivor, the HBO adaptation of the Naughty Dog video game, has been acclaimed by critics and fans alike for the way it transfers the action from the first-person game to the television medium. However, the first scene of the episode doesn’t feature any of our main characters, and in fact wasn’t pulled from the game at all, but was written specifically for the show.
“When You’re Lost in the Dark” begins a 1968 telecast with a scientist named Dr. Newman outlining his concerns about the danger of a pandemic caused by the Cordyceps fungus.
“Viruses can make us sick, but fungi can change our minds,” he said. “There is a fungus that infects an insect, enters the ant, for example, enters the ant’s brain through the circulatory system, and infuses it with hallucinogens, thereby bending the ant’s mind to its will. The fungus begins to direct the ant’s behavior, telling it Where to go, what to do, like a puppet hand and a marionette. And it gets worse. The fungus needs food to survive, so it starts eating the host from the inside, replacing the ant’s with its own. But it It doesn’t keep its victims dead, no. It keeps its victims alive by preventing decay.”
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It’s an effective, affordable way for viewers to understand just how serious the stakes are in terms of infection for the entire show, and Dr. Newman delivers it with eerie clarity, marked by his memorable speech in this scene. Watching him and only appearing on the show. When looking for the right actor to set the tone for the entire series, the showrunners turned to an actor with over 30 years of experience.
Dr. Newman is played by film and TV mainstay John Hannah.
John Hannah’s 1999 adventure flick played Rachel Weisz’s Evie’s rogue brother, Jonathan Carnahan, perhaps best known to American audiences. familiar character mummy. He reprized the role in the sequel The Mummy Returns and The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.
He also starred opposite Gwyneth Paltrow in the romantic comedy sliding doorand Emotional elegiac scene in Richard Curtis hones his oratorical skills four weddings and a funeral.
Hannah has also been working in the British television industry, playing titular detective John Rebs in the show rebusBased on the long-running crime novel series by Ian Rankin. In the United States, he has appeared on alias, Hurt, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, And has a regular role in Starz’s sword and sandals epic spartacus.
Philip Ellis is a freelance writer and journalist from the UK covering pop culture, relationships and LGBTQ+ issues. His work has appeared on GQ, Teen Vogue, Man Repeller and MTV.