The Last of Us episode 2 clicks into place with terrifying rollout of the Clickers

The second episode of The Last of Us continued to solidify its place as a dominating show, as it terrified and satisfied viewers with the debut of the horrifying gaming creatures, the Clickers.

Tess, portrayed by Anna Torv (r.), confronts Ellie, played by Bella Ramsey, about her immunity from infection in The Last of Us.
Tess, portrayed by Anna Torv (r.), confronts Ellie, played by Bella Ramsey, about her immunity from infection in The Last of Us.  © IMAGO/Picturelux

Sunday's episode of the heart-stopping HBO Max horror-drama further proves why the series may just be this year's best TV release.

Based on the video game franchise and picking up where its premiere left off, The Last of Us' second episode follows Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey's Joel and Ellie, along with Anna Torv's Tess, as they continue their journey to the Massachusetts State House, hoping Ellie's immunity from the world's fatal infection can help save them all.

And of course, things go awry.

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From its gripping opening scene to the terrifying introduction of some of the scariest beings in all of gaming, the second episode of The Last of Us gets an A+ for scaring the sh*t out of viewers – and leaves them anxious for more.

What are the Clickers in The Last of Us?

Joel, played by Pedro Pascal (l.), and Ellie hide from a Clicker in the second episode, Infected.
Joel, played by Pedro Pascal (l.), and Ellie hide from a Clicker in the second episode, Infected.  © IMAGO/Picturelux

Warning, spoilers lay ahead!

Again, it's clear to see why The Last of Us may rival The Walking Dead, as there aren't many shows that have fans on the edge of their seat during the first twenty minutes of an episode.

In the show's second installment, Infected, viewers are again treated to a nail-biting opening scene that aptly sets the tone for the rest of the episode.

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But it's the show's last few moments that really sealed the deal for fans.

As the starring trio journey, they encounter an even deadlier mutation of the fungi infection in the Clickers – which are blind, mutated hosts that have their faces completely skewed and scarred by fungus.

Imagine seeing that type of creature in a pitch black museum – as the group does.

After a deadly showdown occurs between Ellie, Joel, and Tess, and more than one of these infected hosts, only two of the trio make it out alive.

Twitter users have been raving about the show's eerie opening, the crafty death, and the spot-on design of the mutated creatures.

One fan, using a hilarious clip of Paul Rudd, tweeted, "When you wake up in the apocalypse and it’s not TWD Walkers, it’s TLOU’s Clickers that can communicate with each other for miles."

Another fan wrote, "Honestly I hope every episode of The Last of Us has a cold opening of a doctor telling the audience a different version of 'We're f*cked' every time."

The Last of Us debuts weekly episodes on HBO Max Sundays at 9 PM EST.

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