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Pop Culture Events Last Survivor U.S. Missed

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I’m not a scientist, but I think the end of the world is going to be bad. Really bad. Like, it’s probably one of the worst things that can happen to bad humanity. And the end of the world where Most humans become innate monsters controlled by the mind It seems like one of the worst ways Armageddon could unfold. But, in my non-scientist opinion, the characters are on HBO’s The last of us They suffered in horrific ways beyond cerebral Cordyceps infection, the death of loved ones, and the breakdown of society. timing of the outbreak- September 26, 2003—meaning that the survivors also had to live with the knowledge of everything they missed, as well as the dreams they never got to see. what does that mean? basically, The last of us The universe missed out on a lot of upcoming pop culture moments. Imagine you’re a Red Sox fan in quarantine in Boston and haven’t watched the World Series or how star Wars The prequel trilogy has ended.

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You can’t mourn the loss of something you didn’t expect or know would happen. So we shouldn’t feel bad for Joel, an action movie fan, as we’ll never get to see him again John Wick. He couldn’t have foreseen broadcasting making physical rentals obsolete either. Just as his daughter Sarah, whose bedroom contained countless music posters, didn’t miss out on Taylor Swift’s career. Even if she’s alive, Swift released her self-titled debut in 2006. We also don’t have to grieve The last of usHealthy humans never see the MCU or Mad Max: Fury Road. Ignorance in these cases is bliss. Bliss zombie apocalypse.

But Joel may have been looking forward to finding out how matrix The trilogy is over. resurrection It was set to premiere in November of 2003, just six months later Reloaded. (Don’t feel bad, Joel!) Meanwhile, bad Destiny’s Child fan Sarah didn’t have a chance to hear their latest album, Fate check, which hit stores in 2004. It also didn’t see Beyoncé go from mega star to America’s queen. Just like her Uncle Tommy didn’t witness foster care reform become a real political issue.

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The pandemic of The World As We Know It that broke out in late September of 2003 was particularly brutal for movie fans. In addition to matrix The final film of the trilogy, that also means they’ve never been seen The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (December 2003) or Revenge of the Sith (May 2005). It’s one thing to see your best friend slowly turning fungus and blending into the wall. It’s another thing to do it with new knowledge star Wars It was the movie you watched together Attack of the Clones.

Living in a miserable monster wasteland is bad. Doing this while realizing that “I don’t like sand” is your last memory of Darth Vader being much worse.

Anakin tells Padme how much he hates Sand in Star Wars: Attack of the Clones
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These people have not had the opportunity to see Spider-Man 2 (June 2004), one of the best superhero movies ever made. And imagine not getting Fox’s long-awaited follow-up to the brilliant x2. (Wait, that’s not so bad when you remember that follow-up was X-Men: The Last Stand. Think The Cordyceps outbreak wasn’t a total nightmare.)

What a shame no one in this world saw in 2008 when Guns N’ Roses is finally out Chinese democracy. Just as they couldn’t see America elect its first black president, l Where did the Stonehenge stones come from?or read Ron Chernow’s book on Alexander Hamiltonwhich eventually became a Broadway musical.

Of course, as a dedicated Boston sports fan, I pity that The last of usSurvivors from New England. Forget about 20 years of unimaginable and unparalleled success with our local teams. I can tell you we thought October 2003 would finally be our year. And while fans of this world never experienced the heartbreak of the 2003 season, they never saw one. The Red Sox ended their 86-year postseason drought the following season. This is worse than it looks, too. It also means surviving Yankees fans They didn’t have to live with their team’s historic gag job. (Good thing real New Yorkers will always do it. GO SAWX!)

Plenty of other long-suffering fanbases have had to deal with the same unfulfilled dreams. In the world of HBO’s The last of us, White Sox and Cubs fans in Chicago never really got their nicknames. The NHL’s St. Louis Blues have yet to capture their only Stanley Cup. (Although that means my fantasy didn’t have to be in the arena to witness their victory, either. Good for faking me.)

Do movies, music, books, fun science discoveries, and sports mean anything when everyone you know is either dead or a walking mushroom? I mean, I can’t say for sure (and hope I never do), but I wouldn’t guess. However, all of these things matter to us. The shared experiences of pop culture are important, just as rooting for a sports team is. When they were all gone during our pandemic, we lost them and celebrated their return.

King Aragorn wears his crown before his subjects in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
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I know this is a serious way to end a silly thought experiment about what a fake apocalypse could mean for fictional people. but it’s true. And after the last two years, it sure is more fun to think about what it would actually be like to live in the end of the world.

But in all seriousness if you survive The last of us“Breakout I was really upset because I never had my team win a world championship or the Stanley Cup. The end of the world I can handle. But I couldn’t live with not seeing that.

Mickey Walsh is a writer for Nerdist. You can follow him on Twitter at @tweet. Also anywhere someone ranks Targaryen kings.

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