A “Last of Us” Episode 7 musical mystery (light spoilers)

The Last of US is great. Episode 7 was great. That’s not what this note is about, though. Did you notice the cassette tapes that Ellie had on her bedside table?

The one on the top there is A-ha’s 1991 Greatest Hits compilation “Headlines and Deadlines”. Like pretty much everyone I knew while growing up in South Africa, I had a copy of this CD. I recently tried to repurchase it because it’s still the best of their compilations, and discovered that even though there are 124 catalogued versions of this album, it never got a US release. So it is virtually impossible to find here (the version I ended up purchasing came from Israel).

Which begs the question… How did Ellie stumble on a copy of this tape, which was never available in the US in the 1990s, in the middle of a zombie apocalypse in Boston?

This is going to keep me up at night.

Rian van der Merwe Elezea // The B-Sides