The Last Of Us Fan Points Out Another Editing Error In Sixth Episode, And It's Almost Creepier Than Any Intentional Horror Moments

Well, the HBO hit series The Last of Us has officially had not one, but two Game of Thrones Starbucks cup moments, and they both happened in the same episode. During Episode 6 of the video game adaptation, eagle-eyed fans were quick to point out two editing errors in the show where you can spot crew members in a shot. While the first one fans noticed was just an error, this second issue is low-key creepier than the horror moments that were meant to go in the show. 

The editing mistake in question happened when Ellie (Bella Ramsey) was petting a horse while she and Joel (Pedro Pascal) were visiting Jackson. You can see in the video posted by rejectedhannah that while the actress was petting the animal, there is a creepy hand in the frame holding the horse’s head in place. 

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It’s giving Thing in Wednesday vibes, in my opinion. However, we’re not watching The Addams Family spin-off, we’re watching The Last of Us. And in a world where clickers exist, seeing a random hand pop up is kind of scary, because every unaccounted-for person and body part needs to be taken seriously, cause you never know who or what will be infected. Also, it’s just a little unsettling to see a random hand pop up on the screen, in the same way it's terrifying to see a clicker run into a shot. 

The Last of Us, Bella Ramsey petting a horse with a hand popping up to hold the horse's head. It's an editing mistake.

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The other editing mistake was not nearly as creepy, and it was simply a shot that included some of the crew. Scott T. Jones posted a photo of the on-screen error, and if you look on the left side you can see people who are typically behind the scenes on the screen. 

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These two little whoops moments are the latest additions to the list of little mistakes fans keep finding in very successful HBO shows. The aforementioned Starbucks cup is probably the most famous mishap, and the internet lost its collective mind when it was spotted in Game of Thrones. Then last summer it happened again on House of the Dragon when fans pointed out that Viserys' fingers hadn’t been CGI-ed out of the shot, instead there were a couple of green fingers on his hand. Normally, the king of Westeros only had three fingers, so like The Last of Us, this popular show also had a little mistake involving a hand.

Considering all three shows mentioned here are massive undertakings that probably involve millions of tiny details, every once in a while something will inevitably end up on screen that’s not supposed to. However, this doesn't diminish the quality of the show, at least in my opinion. 

Despite these two little mishaps in the latest episode of The Last of Us, Episode 6 has been highly praised, especially for how it showed the practicalities of living during the apocalypse. So, far every episode that’s dropped on the 2023 TV schedule has been met with a lot of love from viewers, and that will likely continue as fans continue to tune in every Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on HBO or with an HBO Max subscription

Riley Utley
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