The finale for HBO's gripping series Chernobyl aired on Monday, June 3. Though the series had premiered back at the beginning of May, it took Game of Thrones clearing out before most viewers began to tune in. The five-episode series covers the first few days after the explosion, before slowly telescoping outwards to include the initial containment of the reactor core and the 1987 trial of those who ran the plant. But these questions fans have after watching Chernobylshow that HBO has tapped into a corner of history everyone has heard of, but few know the facts.
When the news of Chernobyl first hit in 1986 in western media, the hysteria was instantaneous. UK and US tabloids suggested thousands were already dead, and the lives of millions could be endangered, including those in Western Europe as clouds of radiation drifted westward. These exaggerations weren't helped by the USSR falsely claiming everything was fine when tests showed otherwise.
The result is that many know of Chernobyl, but few know how things turned out after the events of the finale. While the series attempts to clear up some of the misinformation, those who are curious about how things stand today still have questions.