This ‘Last of Us’ Mistake Is No ‘Game of Thrones’ Starbucks Cup, But It’s Still Pretty Bad

HBO just made another Game of Thrones-style editing error—but this time, it was in The Last of Us.

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Liane Hentscher/HBO

This week, the network aired episode six of the popular dystopian series. It didn’t take long for fans to notice that HBO overlooked a major mistake in the installment.

The scene in question is a transitional shot that features an aerial view of a snowy tundra with a bridge over an icy body of water. If you look closely at the screenshot, you’ll notice there are visible crew members in the lower left corner. (The photo was posted by a fan in response to a tweet from The Last of Us video game creator Neil Druckmann.)

The pic shows a group of crew members huddled underneath a tree, along with an additional dark figure in the top left corner. They’re dressed in all black, so it’s hard to tell whether they’re people or part of the landscape. But if you look closely at the screenshot, you’ll notice there are visible shoes and legs.

The error is just one of many inconsistencies in The Last of Us. As IMDB points out, there are a few other mistakes in the show, like the use of battery-powered flashlights. Batteries corrode over time, and since the show takes place in the future, it’s highly unlikely they’d still be functioning.

Fans also noticed a mistake in a scene featuring Tess (played by Annie Wersching) who is wrapping her ankle with a stretchy electrical tape. Her actions don’t match up with the sound effects, which resemble that of duct tape.

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Liane Hentscher/HBO

But hey, these things happen. Back in 2019, the network had to correct a mistake in an episode of Game of Thrones because one scene included an unexpected “prop” in plain sight: a Starbucks coffee cup.

The good news is the error in The Last of Us seems far less damning. Worst case scenario, HBO can credit the crew members as extras portraying the Infected.

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