The Last of Us Part 2 Has a Neat Nod to HBO's Chernobyl Series

The Last of Us Part 2 Has a Neat Nod to HBO's Chernobyl Series

Neil Druckmann is working with HBO's showrunner on an adaptation of The Last of Us.

The Last of Us Part 2 has its fair share of Easter Eggs, but one in particular caught my eye recently. In the Hillcrest section of the game, you can find one Easter Egg that pays tribute to HBO's Chernobyl.

The reference was first uncovered over on the Last of Us subreddit. In the Hillcrest area of Seattle, which takes place just a short while before the midway point in the game, you can find documents relating to an archer called Boris Legasov, sworn enemy of the Washington Liberation Front after the faction murdered his daughter.

This character's name is a combination of two characters from HBO's Chernobyl miniseries from 2019. Boris is taken from Boris Shcherbina, a USSR politician that supervised the government response to the nuclear disaster, played by Stellan Skarsgaard in the HBO series.

The surname Legasov comes from Valery Legasov, a notable chemist in Soviet Russia and played by Jared Harris in the miniseries. Normally this would just go down as a nice nod to the series, but remember that The Last of Us Part 2 director Neil Druckmann is working with Chernobyl showrunner Craig Mazin on adapting The Last of Us for HBO.

Which makes me wonder how late in development this Easter Egg was added to The Last of Us Part 2. HBO's adaptation of The Last of Us was only announced in March 2020, although you've got to imagine Druckmann and Mazin were in talks about the adaptation a fair while before the official announcement.

If you're looking for additional The Last of Us Part 2-related content here at USgamer, then we've got you covered. You can read our complete ranking of the in-game punk bands, or you can find our list of all the additional Easter Eggs we've found in the game so far.

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