Here's another difference tucked in here; Bloaters don't exist in the series world, that makes this world a bit less scary, we would say!
The infection shown in The Last Of Us is still the core theme of the show, however, the way it has been shown differs from that of the game. Here is our list of things that are not the same as the things in the game world. Let's start with the obvious one first...
The game falls under the category of action-adventure, so it's understandable why the plot of the game is divided into sections, all of which contain dozens of fights with raiders and the infected of course.
The game never shies away from showing the things the two main characters are capable of doing. We even see Joel do some really bad things in one of the early scenes of the movie. However, so far in the show the plot has only hinted towards the things Joel has done in the past never really showcasing any of it directly.
There is a very popular sequence in the game where the player sees Joel and Ellie navigate Bill's body-trapped town as Joel looks for an old friend. Also, Bill's Alive! They get to him and find a car engine during an action packed set-piece that happens in the school. However, the show deviates from the source material in episode 3. We see the love story between Bill and Frank and we don't mind it as viewers as the episode was beautifully painful.
Well, we all knew that this one was never going to make it to the show. Listen-Mode is a thing that belongs in the game world and helps the player get an advantage over the enemies. Showrunner Craig Mazin also mentioned that crouching so many times would have been a task for the actor. Via Yahoo.
You know, that's only possible in the version where Bill's alive and that is of course the game version. In the show, Bill is already dead way before Joel and Ellie reach the town hence this will forever remain exclusive to the game world.
The Last of Us was released back in 2013 and was set at that time. The series however jumps twenty years into the future after Sarah's death in 2023. The show's prologue is set in 2003. Pretty interesting!
Mazin commented on why they made this change He said he feels that audiences will find it difficult to connect with stories that are far off in the future, but by setting it in current times it becomes more relatable.