The last episode of The Last of Us to air on HBO Max so far, the chapter 5 titled Endure and Survivenot only introduced us to new people who came across the lives of Ellie y Joelalso showed us one of the most fearsome enemies in the game: the bloatersalso called swollen or gordinflones.
If you thought that the most dangerous cordyceps infected were the clickers o clickersit is because you have not yet seen chapter 5. But bringing an enemy of this caliber to real life was not an easy task.
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Barrie Gower was in charge of the design of the swollen for The Last of Usafter having worked on the creation of other famous prostheses in television history such as neighbor of Stranger Things o the king of the night Game of Thronesalso of HBO Max.
under everything the fan’s makeup was double action Adam Basilwho also worked on Game of Thrones along with Barrie Gower. The first thing they did to create The Last of Us bloater was to make a complete cast of the actor’s body, and on top of that cast, they began to add prosthetics.
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“We make it with foam rubber and foam latex, which is very light. It’s almost like an upholstery foam, a very spongy type of material,” Barrie Gower clarified. “All of that was molded and cast in separate sections: top half, head, arms, legs.”
Of course, for such a complex suit zippers were also missing: one on the back, another around the waist, and many “dangling mushroom folds that hid zippers and press studs”.
to top off the terrifying aspect of the swollen that appears in the last chapter of HBO Max’s The Last of Us, a “gel-like solution, which gave shine to all the mushrooms”.
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