For anyone already highly invested in HBO’s Chernobyl, you’ve probably Googled exactly what went down. From what’s real and what’s not (see those answers here) to how the accident unfolded on the international stage, the Chernobyl nuclear disaster is as fascinating as it is terrifying. And there’s nothing scarier than the real life photos.
Looking back on real photos from the power plant and surrounding town, it’s clear HBO invested a lot on authenticity. From the control room right down to the details of the explosion, there are many an eerily similarity in the show versus real life. Below, we’ve rounded up some of the scenes and characters which appeared in the show and compare them to real photos from the time — and the similarities have to be seen to be believed.