What are hunters in the Halo show? Lekgolo worms explained

One of the most iconic enemies from the Halo games was brought into live action with Hunters in the Halo show, but what are these strange aliens?

The third episode of the live-action adaptation on Paramount Plus brought Hunters to the Halo show. These hulking armored brutes might have been difficult for new fans to recognize, as they spend most of the episode as a horrifying swarm of worms. When Makee, a human Covenant convert, invades a UNSC ship, she uses fighters as her favorite weapon to incapacitate the crew.

What are hunters in the Halo show?

Like the hunters in the Halo games, the hunters in the Halo show’s silver timeline are colonies of worm-like aliens that take on humanoid form.

The Hunters from the Halo show appear to be very close to their in-game depictions. The Hunters are a hive mind of alien worms known as Lekgolo who come together to form intelligent brutal beings known as Mgalekgolo, these are the armored humanoid forms that fans will recognize in the games. While Hunters may look like a large orange figure, they are actually communities of many Lekgolo who come together to form hive minds, increasing their intelligence with each Lekgolo.

In a scene where the Blessed One of the Covenant, Makee, pretends to flee a destroyed Covenant ship to be taken aboard a UNSC warship, the Lekgolo worms come into play. Before Makee heads for the ship, she was seen standing in front of Mgalekgolo with her signature purple armor. Before heading to the UNSC ship, the Lekgolo leave their armor behind to hide inside the escape pod. The worms then work their way through the ship, killing the UNSC crew with terrifying ease.

Many of the Covenant’s unique member races are highlighted, with an elite Sangheli excavation team attacking the Rebel outpost on Madrigal in the first episode. Mgalekgolo themselves, armor and all, haven’t had a chance to get a fight scene yet, but Master Chief versus Hunters looks too iconic for the first season to miss.

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