Joel seeing this? There might be Ellie-tle bit of Indonesia in HBO’s ‘The Last of Us’

Photo: Instagram/@hbosthelastofus
Photo: Instagram/@hbosthelastofus

There’s spores of excitement for Indonesian fans of The Last of Us, as a piece of Indonesia might be featured in the live-action TV adaptation of the hugely popular and heart-wrenching video game.

An online fan community of the HBO TV show recently posted footage taken at a shoot location in Calgary. Swipe right to the end in the post below for a familiar sight among Indonesians.

That is indeed an Indonesian flag behind what looks like a cordoned off reception desk at Indonesia’s Health Ministry office. As the photo is grouped together with the rest of the post, it seems to depict a set constructed within the Calgary location, and not the actual ministry office in Jakarta.

Anyone who has played the game and its sequel knows that they didn’t make a single mention or depiction of Indonesia. At the same time, the origin of the spores that caused the zombie outbreak was never explained in the games, so could it be that Indonesian officials caused the crisis?

Somebody who claimed to be an extra for the TV show did spill some spoilers in an online post that is circulating widely today, which gives weight to the theory that Indonesia could be ground zero for the fungus zombies.

We won’t know for sure how Indonesia plays into The Last of Us until the show airs on HBO in late 2022. The production is expected to wrap filming in Canada in June 2022.


The Last of Us stars bae Pedro Pascal as Joel, the father figure to Bella Ramsey’s Ellie as they travel through post-apocalyptic and zombie-infested America.

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