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I Shot the Sheriff, But I Didn’t Shoot the Clicker: Military in The Last of Us

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Major spoilers for The Last of US. Didn’t watch/play? DON’T READ!

Discussion of spoilers in World War Z, Half-Life and Half-Life 2, but I’ll warn you beforehand.

Hi all, I’m working on a piece about the DLC now, but in the meantime, I thought this would set up most future blog posts about The Last of Us/it’s DLC. No worries if you haven’t seen the DLC yet, there is no information in here that isn’t told to you in the main game.

One of the things I noticed in my re-watch of The Last of Us is how quick TPTB/military turns against its citizens. The catalyst for the entire game is the death of Joel’s daughter. She isn’t killed by an Infected or by accident, she doesn’t even get popped off at the hands of some trigger-happy survivor – she is shot by a soldier.

That struck me as pretty… intentional. It’s the first days of the outbreak, before the government even really has time to get its shit together and suddenly they are ordering this man to kill a little girl and her father.

So I started looking at military presence in the rest of the game, which led me to look at every other large organization.

Now it’s a common theme in post-apocalyptic fiction that TPTB cannot/will not save you. In fact, one of the most common antagonists in post-apocalyptic fiction is the government. Continue reading

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