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The Saga Of Henry And Sam

Sam and Henry (Keivonn Woodard and Lamar Johnson) sit during a meal scene in HBO's The Last of Us.

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Episode 5 of HBO’s The Final of Us marks the midpoint of our nine-episode journey. That’s proper, we’re midway there, and Ellie and Joel are undoubtedly dwelling on a prayer. Look, I’m sorry for the dangerous Bon Jovi reference however man, this episode is The Final of Us at its most relentlessly bleak. I wanted to do one thing to lighten the temper for myself, and in contrast to Ellie, I don’t have a e book of terrible jokes useful. At the least this episode additionally options what I think about the best delicate nod to the sport in the complete season. We’ll get to that in a bit.

On the finish of episode 4, Joel and Ellie had been being held at gunpoint by two characters who gamers of the sport seemingly instantly acknowledged as Henry and Sam. (If you must catch up, you will discover my recap of that episode right here.) As episode 5 begins, we flash again a short while to fulfill these new characters and find out about what’s pushed them into such determined circumstances.

The Fall of Kansas Metropolis FEDRA

At first look, this episode’s starting looks as if one in every of pure jubilation. Chants of “freedom!” are heard rising from a crowd that’s celebrating within the streets. However nearly instantly, we’re proven the grim aspect of this pleased event, with FEDRA officers being executed at point-blank or publicly hoisted into the air by the neck as they twitch with their last struggles for all times. An armored automobile the folks have reclaimed roams the streets blasting the message, “Collaborators, give up now and you’ll obtain a good trial.” Hmm, sure, by some means I don’t imagine you. Possibly it’s the truth that you’re dragging a physique behind you that’s full of so many blades it seems like a pincushion, I’m undecided.

Because the armored automobile passes, we see Henry and Sam lurking within the shadows. Henry (Lamar Johnson, The Hate U Give) makes use of ASL to speak along with his brother, cluing us in to a major change from the sport: Right here, Sam is deaf. (Sam is splendidly performed right here by younger actor Keivonn Woodard, who can be deaf.) On this temporary change, you may already sense Henry making an attempt to placed on a courageous face for his a lot youthful brother. The 2 sneak away unseen by the patrolling resistance which, as we realized in final week’s episode, is hell-bent on discovering them.

Kathleen (Melanie Lynskey) interrogates a group of "collaborators" while the heavily armed Perry (Jeffrey Pierce) stands nearby in a scene from HBO's The Last of Us.

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The truth is, even because the celebration rages on, Kathleen (Melanie Lynskey), the resistance’s chief, is working, interrogating a gaggle of “collaborators”—civilians who labored with FEDRA earlier than it fell—about Henry’s whereabouts. Lynskey stays chilling within the function, coating her feedback in a tone that, on the floor, sounds affordable and sort, however is so transparently chilly and ruthless beneath. “Fortunate for you, I’m not FEDRA,” she tells them, saying that in the event that they cooperate, they’ll be placed on trial, be discovered responsible in fact, after which need to do a while, “simple.” She’s acquired her commando assistant Perry (Jeffrey Pierce, who voices Joel’s brother Tommy within the video games) by her aspect, his silent presence lending her phrases an added risk of hazard. Lastly somebody cracks and tells her that Henry and Sam are with Edelstein, the physician we noticed Kathleen interrogate in final week’s episode.

A second later, she orders her males to go door-to-door till her prey is discovered. When Perry exhibits some hesitation and advises in opposition to this plan, we see that she will flip her condescending ruthlessness on him, too. “He’s not my seventh precedence, Perry,” she says. “Is that what he’s to you?” I’m beginning to really feel like the best way she prioritizes discovering Henry above all different considerations could backfire on her ultimately. Bear in mind final week, when Perry confirmed her the ominous, quivering sinkhole within the constructing, and reasonably than coping with it in any possible way, she instructed him to simply seal the constructing off and stay targeted on discovering Henry? Yeah, I’ve acquired a foul feeling about this.

Perry asks in the event that they’re actually placing the arrested collaborators on trial. After all they’re not. “If you’re executed, burn the our bodies. It’s quicker,” she says, the best way you would possibly ask somebody to select up some milk from the grocery retailer on the best way residence.

Henry and Sam stick with Edelstein

Henry and Sam meet up with Edelstein, who takes them into the identical cramped attic area we noticed Kathleen examine in final week’s episode. Right here, it’s not but lined with Sam’s drawings, as Henry and the physician focus on their very restricted meals provide and whole lack of ammunition for his or her weapons. Every little thing that transpires right here has an undercurrent of dread for us, since we already know that Edelstein quickly will get captured and executed by Kathleen.

Sam, who can’t hear what they’re saying, sits within the nook, drawing on his little magnetic sketch pad. Edelstein looks as if a form and considerate man, exhibiting real concern for Sam’s well-being. “He’s scared since you’re scared,” he advises Henry.

Henry holds a magnetic sketchpad on which Sam has drawn himself as a masked superhero in HBO's The Last of Us.

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Henry goes to consolation his little brother, who has drawn a masked superhero on his pad. “Tremendous Sam,” Henry indicators. Sam is understandably afraid, and Henry tries to reassure him that they’re secure right here. “There’s one drawback, although,” he says. “This place? Is ugly.” He then breaks out the large bag of artwork provides that Sam makes use of to brighten the area. It’s an endearing second, with Henry creating for his youthful brother an alternate actuality during which the one actual drawback dealing with them is the drabness of their environment, and never the military looking them proper outdoors.

The beginning of Tremendous Sam

We skip forward ten days, to search out the attic crammed with pictures of Tremendous Sam blasting evil FEDRA officers and flying protectively over town. However now, an actual drawback is bearing down on them: they’re nearly out of meals, and Sam is hungry. Edelstein’s been gone an entire day, and their hopes relaxation on him returning with some. We already know he’s not coming again. And but proper out the window, Henry can see resistance officers scouring town, making leaving a harmful proposition. They’re in a decent spot.

Lastly, Henry has to face the truth that Edelstein isn’t returning. He tells Sam that he’s studied the patterns of the resistance patrols and might information them to security. When Sam asks in the event that they killed Edelstein, Henry is trustworthy and says they in all probability did. Sam clings to Henry for a very long time after that. He’s a toddler rising up in a world during which nothing is ever secure or assured. He should be terrified.

A child's drawing showing a superhero zapping a cop-like figure in HBO's The Last of Us.

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As he holds his brother and appears on the artwork adorning the partitions, Henry has a flash of inspiration. He tells Sam to shut his eyes, and paints a pink masks on his face, identical to the one Sam’s alter ego sports activities in all of the drawings. Seeing it mirrored in his brother’s knife, Sam nods with satisfaction. He’s able to face the world.

They don’t get far, although. Simply as they’re about to depart the constructing, a gunfight breaks out outdoors. It’s Joel and Ellie’s unceremonious arrival in Kansas Metropolis, and Henry observes as Joel kills the hunters attacking him. We see the wheels in his head turning. “New plan,” he tells his brother.

Assembly Joel and Ellie

Now we come again to the second that concluded episode 4, when the paths of those two duos intersect. Henry’s clearly been maintaining a tally of Joel since earlier within the day, and he’s tracked him and Ellie to the residence constructing the place they’ve crashed for the night time.

Joel isn’t precisely thrilled about waking as much as the truth of being held at gunpoint, however quickly they comply with a tentative truce, and Henry introduces himself as “essentially the most wished man in Kansas Metropolis.”

Over a quiet meal, Ellie asks Sam how previous he’s, and with Henry performing as an interpreter between them, he responds that he’s eight. (Within the recreation, Sam is nearer to Ellie’s age of 14, however him being youthful right here makes me much more sympathetic to how overwhelming and terrifying his expertise of the world should be.) Joel, being Joel, says dryly that they efficiently ate collectively and didn’t kill one another, so they need to name it a win and transfer on. However Henry has a card up his sleeve. “I’m betting that y’all got here up right here to get a view of town and plan a approach out,” he says. “And when the solar’s up, I’ll present you one.”

“Welcome to Killa Metropolis”

The subsequent morning, Henry supplies Joel (and us) with some further context for what went down in Kansas Metropolis. Looking on the metropolis, Joel is struck by the shortage of FEDRA, particularly since he’d at all times heard that KC FEDRA dominated with an iron fist. Henry confirms the rumors. “Raped and tortured and murdered folks for 20 years,” he says. So if Henry wasn’t a part of this monstrous FEDRA, Joel wonders, what, then, was he? When Henry replies that he was one thing even worse, “a collaborator,” Joel protests and says he doesn’t work with rats. Henry insists that at this time, he doesn’t have a lot alternative, “‘trigger I stay right here and also you don’t.” They want one another, Henry argues. Solely he is aware of the place to go, and solely Joel has the capability for violence to get them out alive.

That is all fairly totally different from the sport, during which Henry and Sam weren’t native to Pittsburgh (the place the sport’s model of this storyline takes place), however had simply come there from Hartford, Connecticut searching for provides. That they had no connection to the resistance that had risen up in Pittsburgh, however simply occurred to be individuals who may assist Joel and Ellie get out of town. In each tales, although, Sam lets us see new sides of Ellie by giving her a fellow child to geek out with and play with, and having one other duo touring with them for some time illuminates Joel’s rising attachment to Ellie and his sense of himself as her protector, now not simply out of obligation however more and more out of real care and concern.

As the 2 speak, the sound of children laughing will be heard close by. Ellie is exhibiting Sam her tattered e book of jokes, and a real smile stretches throughout Henry’s face. “Haven’t heard that in a very long time,” he says, mirroring a second from the sport during which Ellie and Sam playfully eat blueberries collectively and Henry says it’s been a very long time since he noticed Sam crack a smile.

Maybe counterintuitively, I discover these moments of fleeting happiness among the many most devastating in each the sport and the present, as a result of I understand how issues finish for Henry and Sam. Their destiny is so terrible, so bleak, that it makes me assume again to Ellie’s query to Joel in episode 4: “For those who don’t assume there’s hope for the world, why hassle happening?” I’m as soon as once more glad that the TV collection no less than supplied us the reprieve of Invoice and Frank, giving us one imaginative and prescient of lives lived properly and with which means, to mood how relentlessly hopeless all of it will get for some time.

Henry’s plan

Henry sketches a map of the realm exhibiting how Kathleen’s forces have the realm on lock. Nonetheless, there’s a approach out, he insists. Sam sits close by sketching, however Henry doesn’t need him ignored of the dialog. “How can we get throughout?” he indicators at his brother. Sam writes intently on his pad for a second, then holds it up. “TUNNELS.” It’s a terrific plan, however there’s an enormous catch. Kansas Metropolis could seem surprisingly missing in Contaminated, however there’s a motive for that. “FEDRA drove them underground 15 years in the past,” Henry says. He insists, although, that FEDRA cleaned out the tunnels three years in the past. Simply what which means or how precisely they did that continues to be ominously unstated, nearly as if the present’s writers need to plant a seed in our minds about it. Nah, I’m positive it received’t come up once more. Henry admits that the plan is “dicey-as-fuck,” but it surely’s additionally the one plan they’ve acquired.

A child's drawing of two men in tactical gear with rifles, reading "Danny Ish Our Protectors" is taped to a wall in HBO's The Last of Us.

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As they head down into the tunnels, Joel tells Ellie to get her gun out, and it seems like Ellie has to suppress a smile as he’s lastly absolutely shifted from relentlessly denying her a gun to asking her to be prepared to make use of one. Nevertheless, the tunnels do certainly seem empty, vastly, surprisingly empty, stretching hollowly earlier than them so far as the attention can see. Joel stays on guard however nothing is stirring in these subterranean passageways, and eventually they arrive to a spot that appears fairly totally different, the place the partitions are embellished with the sorts of colourful drawings you would possibly see at a preschool. Passing by way of a door, they discover an deserted place the place folks—adults and kids—clearly as soon as lived. Amidst all the main points—the toys, the posted indicators laying out guidelines, all the opposite indicators of life—one factor stands out: a toddler’s drawing of two smiling males in physique armor, with rifles, labeled “our protectors,” Danny and Ish. And right here’s the place we come to the episode’s nice little nod to the sport.

Who’s Ish?

First, just a little background. Within the recreation, Joel and Ellie’s journey with Henry and Sam briefly takes them alongside a seaside the place you may enter a battered previous boat and discover a notice. (Contemplating that that is close to Pittsburgh, that in all probability makes about as a lot sense as the start of episode two being set “10 miles west of Boston.”) The notice is signed by somebody named Ish (maybe a reference to Moby Dick’s sea-faring narrator Ishmael) and particulars how, after spending a while at sea to cover from the outbreak, he finally discovered himself working low on provides and his boat in disrepair, and returned to shore to take his possibilities with humanity once more.

An old boat rests on a beach in the game The Last of Us.

Ish’s boat on the seaside close to Pittsburgh, which, yeah, in all probability doesn’t make lots of sense.
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From there, you head into close by sewers, the place you will discover a small space the place Ish lived alone for a while after coming ashore. A notice of his you will discover there mentions that he met some individuals who had youngsters with them and who didn’t need to shoot him on sight. “Surprising I do know,” he feedback. The encounter places the thought in his head that perhaps it’s higher for him to attempt trusting different folks than it’s to proceed dwelling alone. “What’s the purpose of surviving should you don’t have somebody to chuckle at your corny jokes?” his notice reads, a query that cuts to the guts of The Final of Us’ themes. “Tomorrow, I’m going searching for them.”

Quickly, you come to a spot that’s very very like the one the get together finds within the TV collection, the place Ish lived with different adults and kids. The truth is, the exact same drawing of Ish and one other grownup named Danny that we see within the present is seen right here within the recreation. Sadly, environmental clues additionally inform us that in some unspecified time in the future, contaminated did get into the settlement, and the outcomes had been tragic, with one other grownup named Kyle and some kids getting trapped in a room by contaminated, and Kyle killing the youngsters himself to spare them an excellent worse destiny. One other notice that you will discover within the suburbs upon leaving the sewers reveals that he and a girl named Susan acquired out, but it surely’s excruciating to learn. “She misplaced her kids,” it says, “and I’ve no clue what to say to her.”

It concludes with Ish writing that each a part of his being needs to surrender, however he simply can’t. “I’ve seen that we’re nonetheless able to good. We will make it. I’ve to remain robust… for her.” What occurred to him after that continues to be unknown.

Fairly often, I really feel that Easter eggs are type of exclusionary. They wink and nod to these people who find themselves within the know, letting these viewers maybe really feel smug about choosing up on cool particulars that fly over the remainder of the viewers’s heads. This drawing on the wall, although, works both approach, I believe. For those who haven’t performed the sport, it affords some perception into what life was like right here on this underground settlement at one time, and should you do comprehend it from the sport, it opens up an entire different narrative to you. A tragedy nested inside a tragedy. Proper about now, The Final of Us simply seems like tragedies all the best way down.

Savage Starlight

Sam finds a replica of a Savage Starlight comedian, which within the recreation serves as a collectible Joel can discover all through and provides to Ellie. Ellie is instantly stoked at Sam’s discover, and the 2 of them bond over their shared enthusiasm for the collection, buying and selling particulars about which points they every have. One significantly candy second sees Ellie quoting the hero’s catchphrase of “Endure and survive” and Sam educating it to her in ASL. God, I would like these youngsters to make it. (Round this similar stretch of the sport, Ellie will often say “Endure and survive” after Joel has completed taking out a gaggle of enemies and it looks as if the 2 are secure in the interim.)

A screenshot from the game The Last of Us shows Joel looking on as Sam stands in a soccer goal holding a ball and Ellie faces him.

Ellie and Sam play soccer within the recreation in a second referenced within the present.
Screenshot: Naughty Canine / Kotaku

Different moments listed here are direct nods to the sport, like one when Ellie and Sam play soccer utilizing a makeshift aim painted on the wall. Nevertheless, a dialog between Joel and Henry that sheds additional mild on his connection to Kathleen is completely new. Joel apologizes for having known as Henry a rat earlier than, saying that if Henry did what he did for Sam’s sake, he understands. Henry lastly tells Joel precisely what it’s he did do, and why. He paints an image of a terrific man, one who “was by no means afraid, by no means egocentric, and he was at all times forgiving.” He’s clearly speaking about Kathleen’s brother, who he wished to comply with, and would have adopted, if solely.

“However Sam, he acquired sick. Leukemia.” And wouldn’t you recognize it, FEDRA had management of the very restricted provide of the one drug that might deal with him. So he made a deal, and gave FEDRA what they wished. He’s nonetheless wracked with guilt about it, however the world offered him with an inconceivable alternative that he by no means ought to have needed to make within the first place. Relatively than supply any phrases of consolation or understanding, although, Joel simply says “We’ve waited lengthy sufficient.” It’s time to maneuver on.

Kathleen and Michael

We discover Kathleen standing in her childhood bed room, in a clearly deserted home. And as she tells Perry about her brother—who we be taught right here was named Michael—and the way he’d at all times consolation her throughout thunderstorms once they had been youngsters, all I may assume was, “Oh my god, shut up.” She’s the kind of one who’s so satisfied that her ache and struggling matter a lot greater than everybody else’s, that looking down Henry is nice and righteous as a result of he took her brother from her, despite the fact that he solely did it as a result of it was the one strategy to save his personal brother. After all her ache and grief are actual, however the extremes she’s going to in her pursuit of Henry make me lose all sympathy for her. She’s an egomaniac.

The truth is, even her personal brother’s needs don’t matter to her, a lot as she would possibly faux to be honoring his life or his reminiscence on this act. “He was so stunning,” she says about Michael. “I’m not. I by no means was.” She is aware of Michael would need her to forgive Henry. He outright instructed her that when FEDRA had him locked up proper earlier than they killed him. However her ache is simply too essential to her for her to try this. And Perry is pleased to validate her worst impulses. “Your brother was a terrific man. All of us beloved him,” he says. “However he didn’t change something. You probably did. We’re with you.” Thanks, Perry. Huge assist. I’m positive that received’t encourage Kathleen to do one thing much more egocentric and reckless than all of the issues she’s already executed.

Sniper on the road

Joel and the gang emerge outdoors of Kathleen’s territory in a suburban neighborhood that appears secure at first look, and the temper is comparatively mild as Ellie begins does her greatest Joel impression and encourages Henry and Sam to return with them to Wyoming. (Within the recreation, Henry and Sam are already planning to trace down the Fireflies, however right here, they only need to get out of Kansas Metropolis for starters.) The calm is damaged, nonetheless, when a sniper bullet strikes the bottom close to them they usually sprint behind a wrecked automotive for canopy, plunging us right into a sequence that owes loads to the sport.

Joel stands facing old, dirty, overgrown houses on a grass-covered street in the game The Last of Us.

The Pittsburgh suburbs part main as much as the sniper encounter is maybe the sport at its most ruinously stunning.
Screenshot: Naughty Canine / Kotaku

Sniper bullets proceed to rain down on them, and simply as within the recreation, Joel opts to sneak round and attempt to come on the sniper from behind. Within the recreation, although, what you discover within the sniper’s perch is a younger man with a knife, prompting a grisly button-mashing sequence during which you in the end flip the blade on the person and stab him with it repeatedly. Right here, Joel finds an older man, one in every of Kathleen’s devoted, who refuses Joel’s plea to simply drop the gun, as a substitute cementing his personal dying by turning the gun on Joel. Simply then, Kathleen’s voice crackles over a radio. “Maintain them the place they’re,” she says. “We’re nearly there.”

“It ends the best way it ends”

Within the recreation, the one repurposed Humvee the Pittsburgh resistance claimed from FEDRA quickly arrives, however right here, Kathleen’s forces are rather more well-equipped, and a lot of autos are quickly barreling down on Ellie, Henry, and Sam. Simply as within the recreation, Joel supplies cowl with the sniper rifle, and right here he takes out the motive force of the truck main the cost, sending it careening into a close-by home the place it promptly explodes.

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Nonetheless, Kathleen’s forces shut in. Perry sends males after Joel, and Kathleen begins to deal with Henry, revealing that her hypocrisy and self-importance know no bounds. “I do know why you probably did what you probably did,” she says, “however did you ever cease to assume that perhaps [Sam] was purported to die?” When Henry protests that Sam is only a child, she replies that children die “on a regular basis.” Which may be true, but it surely doesn’t change the truth that by her ethical calculus, Sam’s life ought to have been completely disregarded, whereas Michael’s life ought to have been prioritized above all. In a single really staggering second of cognitive dissonance, she says “You assume the entire world revolves round him?” as if she isn’t performing like the entire world revolves round her quest for vengeance.

Lastly, Henry emerges. “It ends the best way it ends,” Kathleen says as she raises her gun to kill him. This requires a deus ex machina, child!

One thing depraved this fashion bloats

Simply then, the truck close by teeters and falls because the earth beneath it yawns open, and an absolute tidal wave of speedy contaminated stand up out of it, a type of cosmic retribution for Kathleen’s hubris. (A mob of contaminated additionally bear down on the group throughout this sequence within the recreation, but it surely’s nothing like this.) Huh, I suppose FEDRA didn’t actually take care of the contaminated drawback in spite of everything, they only tried to brush it apart. Showrunner Craig Mazin is aware of a factor or two about writing tales the place establishments try this, I suppose, having labored on Chernobyl as properly.

A hefty, menacing infected stands against a backdrop of flaming wreckage.

Screenshot: HBO / Kotaku

Instantly Kathleen’s appreciable present of pressure feels fairly impotent, because the assault rifles have little impact in stemming the tide of dying. Joel does the most effective he can to cowl his allies amidst the chaos, however Ellie will get separated from Henry and Sam and climbs into an previous SUV. Simply then, a guttural growl in contrast to any sound we’ve heard an contaminated make up to now is heard, and a really totally different beast emerges from the sinkhole, a formidable, fungus-encrusted chonker of an contaminated known as a bloater, a boss-type enemy from the sport. Kathleen’s forces don’t have any of the molotov cocktails or nail bombs I often use to take these dangerous boys down, so I believe they’re just about fucked.

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Perry peppers the factor with bullets however they clearly have little impact except for making it mad. Because it bears down on him, he urges Kathleen to get to cowl, then turns to face his destiny, which is having his head ripped clear off in a dying in line with one of many recreation’s most horrifying dying animations.

In the meantime, Ellie has a visitor in her little SUV sanctuary: a creepy contaminated who was additionally a teenage lady earlier than getting turned. Ellie heads out onto the road the place she sees Henry and Sam pinned down by contaminated below a close-by automotive. With Joel’s assist and some stabs of her trusty switchblade—her signature weapon within the recreation—she will get them out they usually make a run for it. Kathleen stops them but once more, however her success is short-lived, as a younger contaminated—who I believe however I’m not sure is identical one which chased Ellie out of the automobile a second earlier than—leaps on her and completely shreds her to bits. It ends the best way it ends.

As Joel leads them away from the chaos, we see the mob of contaminated, together with the bloater, lurching its approach again towards Kansas Metropolis. Good going, Kathleen. Nice job.

“I’m terrified of ending up alone”

Joel and the gang have discovered shelter in an previous motel for the night time. Within the recreation, there’s a pleasant second right here the place Henry presses Joel for particulars concerning the time Joel and his brother Tommy rode Harley-Davidsons on a cross-country journey. That element’s been omitted from the present, however the basic arc of how issues play out right here is fairly related.

“You assume they’ll be okay?” Henry asks concerning the youngsters as they learn Savage Starlight collectively within the subsequent room, and Joel, in his personal taciturn approach, affords a type of consolation to Henry, as a fellow protector of a younger cost. It’s simpler while you’re a child, he says. “You don’t have anyone else counting on you. That’s the exhausting half.” Then comes a little bit of playful meta-dialogue as Joel says, “What’s that comedian e book say? ‘Endure and survive’?” “Endure and survive,” Henry says. Then, after a second: “That shit’s redundant.” “Yeah, it’s not nice,” Joel agrees.

And now, as Ellie jokingly predicted earlier, Joel does certainly invite Henry and Sam to affix them on the journey to Wyoming. It’s one other a kind of seemingly nice, hopeful moments that I discover all of the extra painful as a result of we’ll by no means get to see what might need come to move if solely the world they lived in had been rather less harmful and merciless. “Yeah, I believe it’d be good for Sam to have a pal,” Henry says. “New day, new begin.” Okay, writers. Now you’re intentionally twisting the knife, jeeze.

Ellie reads something Sam has written on his sketchpad in HBO's The Last of Us.

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Although Henry urges Sam to get some sleep, he and Ellie look forward to a bit, Ellie doing totally different voices as she reads Savage Starlight aloud. However Sam is preoccupied. “Are you ever scared?” he writes on his pad, a query he successfully asks her aloud within the recreation. (“How is it that you just’re by no means scared?”) Similar to within the recreation, Ellie first jokes that she’s afraid of scorpions, earlier than admitting that what actually scares her is the potential of ending up alone.

Within the recreation, when Ellie asks Sam what he’s terrified of, he brings up contaminated. “What if the individuals are nonetheless inside?” he asks, and it’s the primary time that the sport immediately engages with a terrifying concept that the present brings up early on: whether or not the individual an contaminated as soon as was stays by some means current and conscious, whilst they lose all management over their physique. The sport’s Ellie dismisses the thought, saying “that individual isn’t in there anymore.” Her counterpart within the present, nonetheless, appears a bit extra troubled by the thought.

The sport’s Sam retains his chunk a secret, however within the present, after asking Ellie, “For those who flip right into a monster, is it nonetheless you inside?” he lifts the leg of his denims to point out her the nasty wound. Ellie right here does one thing unusual and candy and hopeless: she cuts her personal hand to attract blood and press it into the chunk, telling Sam, “My blood is drugs.” If solely it had been that easy.

What occurs the subsequent morning is so terrible, I don’t even need to carry myself to write down it. For those who’re studying this recap, you in all probability know, and should you don’t, I believe you may guess.

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As they bury the our bodies close to the motel, Ellie units Sam’s sketchpad atop his grave. On it, she’s written the phrases “I’m sorry.” She’s withdrawn and simply needs to depart. It’s important to surprise if she isn’t beginning to surrender on the world herself. In the meantime, as he seems on the message she’s written, Joel appears, if something, extra dedicated to Ellie than ever. One thing in his face means that he needs to spare her an existence made up of this sort of relentless struggling. He collects his gear, picks up the sniper rifle (new weapon unlocked!), they usually head west.

As I mentioned above, I discover this week’s episode excruciating, so depressing in its consequence that looking back, even the few brilliant spots make it extra agonizing. I don’t learn about you however good lord, in spite of everything this, I positive hope these two catch a little bit of a break quickly.



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