Just as the viewership of HBO's The Last of Us continues to rise, so do the stakes for Ellie and Joel. After finding themselves in contact with bandits in Episode 4, The Last of Us Episode 5 will bring in one of the most unkillable infected variants.
Although a rare sight, a Bloater isn't an infected you'd want to ever come across. In The Last of Us video games, Bloaters are covered by the thick fungus from years of Cordyceps brain infection, which act a suit of armor, rendering attempts to kill them a waste of time, effort, and bullets. Judging from the preview of The Last of Us Episode 5, the show won't change much about the physically imposing creature from nightmares.
After arriving in Kansas City in Episode 4, the two find themselves in the middle of a sticky situation. In what's another one of the show's deviances from the source material, Kansas City plays a more prominent role with a certain Kathleen hell-bent on avenging her brother. This puts her on the path of Joel and Ellie, who, by the end of Episode 4, are presumed to start working with Kathleen's adversary, Henry.
Thankfully, the wait for The Last of Us Episode 5 will be a lot shorter than usual. HBO will let audiences have their cake and eat it by releasing the next episode of The Last of Us on Friday, February 10. This way, football fans can watch both The Last of Us and Super Bowl LVII on Sunday, February 12.
Unfortunately, The Last of Us Part 1 on the PC won't be coming out before Season 1 of HBO's The Last of Us is over after a slight delay. If it's any consolation, the success of the show and the likely multi-part second season might get Naughty Dog to approve a PC port of The Last of Us Part 2.