HBO’s Chernobyl miniseries looks absolutely devastating

The five-part miniseries debuts on HBO on Monday, May 6.

The Chernobyl accident is considered the most disastrous nuclear power plant accident in history, both in terms of cost and casualties. It is one of only two nuclear energy accidents classified as a level 7 event (the maximum classification) on the International Nuclear Event Scale, the other being the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in Japan in 2011.

HBO’s new miniseries debuting May 6th will look at the after effects of the nuclear accident in grim and accurate detail. Chernobyl from writer Chris Mazin, will follow the last days of the nuclear site, when an accidental explosion devastated both Chernobyl and the entire surrounding area of Pripyat, then part of the northern Ukrainian SSR. But more importantly than the event itself, the series will also look at the horrific aftermath of the event and the men and women who helped prevent the spread of fission materials further into Europe.

The trailer is heavy on the striking imagery that the series is going to employ. Rubble and burning debris fill the air and we see men in hazmat suits attempting to clean what they can. We also see what happens to those unfortunate enough to be exposed to radiation without hazmat suits on in extremely gruesome detail. The SFX work on this series looks absolutely incredible.

Chernobyl stars Stellan Skarsgård and Jared Harris. The five-part miniseries debuts on HBO on Monday, May 6. Check out the first trailer below!

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