The Last Of Us Show Should Learn From Station Eleven: The End Of The World Isn't All Murders

The world ends in Station Eleven in a way that feels a little too intensely realistic. A mutated influenza virus suddenly spreads across the world. Asymptomatic carriers bring the disease to healthy people, and once it takes hold, the death toll is catastrophic. Within days, most of the population of the world is dead, infrastructure begins to crumble, and isolated pockets of people are left trapped, desperately figuring out how to go on.

Then the show leaps forward 20 years to focus on a band of post-apocalyptic survivors who travel around Lake Michigan, performing Shakespeare. To me, it's one of the most realistic depictions of what the end of the world might really look like that I've ever seen in such media.

It's also a depiction from which similar stories taking place at the end of the world would do well to take a page. Watching Station Eleven, I immediately thought of the forthcoming adaptation of The Last of Us, another post-apocalyptic tragedy in which small groups of survivors desperately cling to life after modern society has crumbled. And while Station Eleven and The Last of Us have some differing underlying themes and goals--at least from what we can glean from the video games on which The Last of Us is based--the latter could still gain a lot by borrowing some ideas from the former.

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