‘The Final of Us’ Finale Recap: Season 1, Episode 9 — HBO
The issues we do for love.
The Last of Us ends its freshman season with an episode that attracts Pedro Pascal’s Joel and Bella Ramsey’s Ellie nearer collectively than ever… till a heat-of-the-moment determination on Joel’s half, after which an enormous lie about that call, rips them asunder.
The hour is a beautiful, evocative ending to a near-perfect season — and also you’re going to wish to hear from executive producers Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann (go here for that), in addition to The Last of Us OG Ashley Johnson (interview here!), must say about it. However first, let’s recap what occurs in “Look For the Mild.”
ELLIE’S ORIGIN STORY | A pregnant lady sporting a yellow gown and tennis sneakers runs by means of the woods, arrives at a home and rapidly barricades herself inside an upstairs room, sitting on the ground together with her again in opposition to the wall. The girl is in labor; the home is below assault. After we hear screams and clicker sounds, an contaminated lady busts by means of the door and goes straight for the mother-to-be.
She has a knife in her hand — you’ll acknowledge it as Ellie’s knife — however when a contraction comes on robust, she drops the weapon. She manages to come up with it as soon as extra and kill the contaminated, and she or he’s so centered on survival that she doesn’t understand till after that she’s given beginning — the infant is crying on the ground — or that she’s been bitten on the thigh.
Mother cuts the umbilical twine and picks up her daughter. (These little fingers and toes!) “Yeah, you inform ‘em. You f—kin’ inform em, Ellie,” the lady says, crying as she cradles the toddler. And now’s in all probability time to notice what avid gamers doubtless realized upon the lady’s first line: She’s performed by Ashley Johnson, who voiced Ellie in The Final of Us online game.
When Marlene and a person get to the home, they discover the lady — whose identify is Anna — in the identical spot. Marlene apologizes for being late, saying that they couldn’t get out of the QZ. Anna explains that Ellie must eat; she didn’t wish to nurse her after she was bit. She lies and says that she lower the twine earlier than the assault, then instructs Marlene to deliver Ellie to Boston and provides her the knife. Marlene says no, crying, however Anna is resolute. “How lengthy have we identified one another?” she asks. “Our entire lives,” Marlene says softly. “That’s why you choose her up proper now, and then you definitely kill me,” Anna replies.
Although Marlene initially refuses, she finally arms the infant off to her companion and shoots Anna earlier than the Cordyceps can flip her.
LOOK WHO’S TALKING | Within the present-day, Ellie shouldn’t be one hundred pc herself after the worst afternoon ever spent at a steakhouse. She’s quiet, she’s a little bit spaced-out, and Joel has to name her identify a number of instances earlier than she realizes he’s speaking to her. They’re on a freeway filled with stopped vehicles and with Ellie quieter than regular, Joel appears to have taken it upon himself to fill the verbal void. He talks about how perhaps they will discover a guitar and he can train her learn how to play. When she’s sluggish to reply, his “Ellie” is so frightened; we’ve stated it earlier than, however rattling, Pedro Pascal is so good in this role. She reads the priority in his tone and replies with false happiness. “Yeah,” she says, smiling, “that’d be nice.” When he calls her out in a while her reticence, she says she’s tremendous.
They finally get to a constructing and are barely inside earlier than Ellie begins scampering up ranges like she’s in Tremendous Mario Bros. When Joel finally catches as much as her on a excessive ground, he’s stunned to see a giraffe consuming from a tree that’s grown into the construction. Ellie whispers to not scare the animal. He rips off some leaves and arms them to her so she will feed it, and she or he giggles because the giraffe snacks on what she’s providing. He’s very clearly THINKING THOUGHTS whereas watching her have a second of pure pleasure.
Ultimately, the animal strikes and she or he climbs to a terrace to observe it reunite with a few of its mates. And whereas she’s fortunately witnessing the giraffe hangout, Joel brings up the dangers concerned with what may occur on the hospital. “We don’t have to do that. I simply need you to know that,” he says, floating the concept of going again to Jackson, the place they will “overlook about the entire rattling factor.” However she’s satisfied that is her function. “After all the things we’ve been by means of, all the things I’ve achieved, it may well’t be for nothing,” she says. She acknowledges that he desires to guard her — and he HAS protected her — and the best way she talks about their future, as if there’s little doubt that she’ll keep on with him, is extremely shifting. “I’ll comply with you wherever you go,” she says. “However there’s no midway with this. We end what we began.” And actually, what else can Joel do however nod his settlement? Additionally? Bella freaking Ramsey, women and gents.
THE TERRIBLE TRUTH BEHIND JOEL’S BAD EAR | Once they arrive on the hospital, they see the ruins of triage tents exterior. Ellie wonders if it was a FEDRA factor, however he says no: The Military put up emergency medical camps all over the place proper after the outbreak. When he mentions that he was a affected person in a single, she assumes he was there together with his daughter. “Sarah? No, she was gone already,” he says, and the convenience with which he a) says Sarah’s identify and b) makes reference to her loss of life speaks volumes about how far his relationship with Ellie has come because the begin of the season.
He was on the camp for his ear harm, which resulted from a near-miss from a gunshot on the second day after the outbreak. Ellie jokes that the Military medics stitched him up higher than she did, however he’s very critical as he stops strolling and baldly confesses that he tried to kill himself. “It was me,” he says. “I used to be the man who shot and missed. There’s no story. Sarah died. And I couldn’t see the purpose anymore. Easy as that. And I wasn’t scared, both. I used to be prepared. I couldn’t have been extra prepared.” He says he flinched as he pulled the set off, “and I nonetheless don’t know why.”
She is aware of why he’s telling her this, and she or he’s actually taking the admission critically, however she makes an attempt to lighten the second by joking that point heals all wounds. (“She’s preventing to maintain all of it subtext,” my very insightful co-worker/The Final of Us gamer Jason Averett says once we’re messaging forwards and backwards in regards to the scene, and he’s SO RIGHT. Whereas I feel Ellie appreciates the sentiment, it’s bizarre to see your dad cry!) However you already know who desires the subtext to be THE TEXT? Joel, who’s a couple of barely held-back tears away from enveloping her in a bear hug. “It wasn’t time that did it,” Joel says, his voice thick and his eyes glassy. “Effectively, I’m glad that that didn’t work out,” she says merely. “Me, too,” he agrees, wiping his eyes roughly as they proceed their stroll.
Joel jokes about wanting to listen to some dangerous puns, and she or he fortunately obliges, whipping No Pun Meant: Quantity Too out of her backpack. They’re having the closest factor to enjoyable this collection permits when OF COURSE a man seems behind them and lobs a flash grenade their manner.
THE BEGINNING… | Joel sees the explosive proper earlier than it blows. He and Ellie are knocked down, then males with weapons strategy and take her as they knock out Joel. He wakes up in a hospital room; a Fireflies image is without doubt one of the first issues he sees.
Marlene is there, and she or he apologizes that the patrol didn’t acknowledge them. Ellie is ok, she assures him, and thanks him for retaining her protected. However she received’t let Joel see her, as a result of she’s being prepped for surgical procedure. Marlene explains that the physician’s working concept is that Ellie has has had Cordyceps in her since beginning: “It makes regular Cordyceps suppose that she’s Cordyceps. That’s why she’s immune.”
She goes on about how the physician’s plan to take it out of Ellie, multiply her cells in labs after which produce one thing like a vaccine that could possibly be administered to everybody, however Joel’s centered on one factor. “Cordyceps grows contained in the mind,” he says, inferring that harvesting these cells means killing Ellie. Marlene resolutely reminds him that there isn’t a one else they will flip to, and so they’re not planning on telling her that she’s submitting to her personal loss of life, primarily so she received’t be afraid. [Side note: THAT IS MESSED UP.]
Joel, naturally, rails in opposition to this determination and will get knocked down by one of many armed guards. Joel yells that Marlene doesn’t perceive, however she factors out that she was there when Ellie was born, and “I’m the one one who understands. I’m sorry. I’ve no different alternative.” She instructs her males to stroll him out to the freeway and depart him there together with his backpack and Ellie’s knife. “If he tries something,” she provides as they march him out, “shoot him.”
… OF THE END | In fact Joel tries one thing! He’s Joel! Offended Dad kills each of his guards within the stairwell after which slowly makes his manner by means of the constructing, murdering everybody he runs into. One man surrenders and places his weapon on the bottom, however Joel kills him anyway. Ultimately, he picks up one of many fallen Fireflies’ assault weapons and lays waste to anybody he comes throughout.
He’s switched to a handgun by the point he arrives on the pediatric surgical unit and finds Ellie, anesthetized and in a hospital robe, laid out on the working desk. “Unhook her,” Joel orders, and when the surgeon refuses and grabs a scalpel to defend himself, Joel kills him. He instructions the opposite medical employees within the room — certainly one of whom is Laura Bailey, who voices a pivotal character in The Final of Us Half II — to show their backs to him. Then he scoops up Ellie, who’s nonetheless unconscious, and takes the elevator to the parking storage.
The doorways slide open to disclose Marlene ready for him, gun drawn. “You possibly can’t preserve her protected without end, regardless of how laborious you strive,” she warns Joel, arguing that he’s finally hurting Ellie by taking away the prospect for a treatment that might set the world proper once more. Joel shouldn’t be resistant to what she’s saying; it positively looks like he’s struggling together with his feelings as Marlene guarantees that “we will nonetheless discover a manner” and places down her gun.
The following factor we all know, he’s driving. Ellie is within the backseat. As she stirs and begins to get up (aspect notice: His “You’re OK, you’re with me” KILLS ME), he says that there have been dozens of individuals like her on the hospital — all immune — however that the medical doctors examined them and couldn’t make something work. “They’ve stopped in search of a treatment,” he lies, compounding the fabrication when he explains that raiders attacked — which is why they didn’t have time to cease and get her garments. He confirms that individuals acquired harm. “Is Marlene OK?” she wonders, and Joel’s eyes get misty once more as he drives. “I’m taking us house,” he tells her. Ellie remains to be a little bit out of it however awake sufficient to know one thing smells fishy. She turns over so he can’t see her face within the rearview mirror. “I’m sorry,” he whispers.
Flashbacks all through this scene illuminate the reality: He shot Marlene however didn’t kill her. She begged him to let her go, however Joel had no mercy. “You’d simply come after her,” he stated, then put a bullet in Marlene’s head.
‘SWEAR TO ME’ | Their automotive breaks down in Wyoming. On the five-hour hike again to Jackson, Joel is the chattiest of Kathys, happening about how he and Sarah used to hike and the way she and Ellie would’ve gotten alongside. I do know his newly talkative nature is generally pushed by guilt, however there’s one thing about the best way he’s making an attempt SO HARD together with her now, when it’s almost too late, that breaks my coronary heart.
They arrive to an increase and see Jackson within the distance. However earlier than they proceed on their manner, Ellie has one thing to say. “Again in Kansas Metropolis, you requested me in regards to the first time I killed somebody,” she says. She tells him about getting bit on the mall with Riley and fills in what we didn’t see in Episode 7: that she needed to kill Riley when the fungus took over.
Ellie clearly feels guilt about Riley, and Tess and Sam — everybody in her orbit who’s died up to now few months. Joel makes an attempt to consolation her by speaking about how generally issues don’t work out the way you hope, however “in the event you simply preserve going, you discover one thing new to combat for.” And that’s heat and fuzzy and all, however put together for him to destroy all the things in 3… 2…
“Swear to me. Swear to me that all the things you stated in regards to the Fireflies is true,” she says, interrupting him. “I swear,” he replies. (In my notes, I write: “HER FACE!”) She doesn’t consider him. She is aware of he’s not telling the reality. However she nods, says “OK,” and that’s the place we depart it.
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