[Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers through the Season 1 finale of The Last of Us, “Look for the Light.”]
Some HBO season finales stretch past the hour-long mark, but The Final of Us saved issues tight for its ultimate episode of Season 1, maintaining its give attention to Joel (Pedro Pascal) as he and Ellie (Bella Ramsey) attain the top of their quest to seek out the Firefly lab that may know tips on how to use Ellie’s pure immunity to create a remedy for this pesky world-ending plague.
Sadly for Ellie (and ultimately, the world), doing so would require killing Ellie. Moments earlier than getting tracked down by the Fireflies, Joel had simply admitted that, after years of grieving his daughter, Ellie has given him a motive to dwell. So he’s not inclined to simply accept that destiny for her, and his ensuing rescue/rampage via the hospital is as methodical as it’s brutal — Pascal’s efficiency does a wonderful job of promoting Joel’s buried rage and terror on the scenario.
It won’t be a really lengthy episode, nevertheless it brings a lot full circle by way of the story being advised, particularly within the case of the episode’s opening flashback. Within the lead-up to the present’s debut, co-creators Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann had teased that the online game’s two key actors, Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson, could be making important visitor appearances within the sequence. Whereas Baker’s look in final week’s episode was a comparatively unflashy position, in “Look for the Light,” Johnson reveals as much as play Ellie’s mom (named Anna within the sequence) in a flashback to the day Ellie was born.
Whereas the character within the video games was not explicitly designed to seem like Johnson, Ellie was modeled on “Ashley’s personality,” in line with Druckmann in 2012, and the uncanny resemblance between Johnson and Ramsey is tough to disclaim. As Mazin defined throughout a digital press convention final week, dedicated to discussing the finale:
“Troy Baker disappears into a thousand roles. I can’t believe he has all the different characters he plays. But Ashley sounds like Ellie, and Ellie sounds like Ashley. So she’s already this quasi-mythological creature to me, and to see her giving birth to herself in a sense, and to create that genetic connection between her performances — Ellie and the origin story of Bella as Ellie — was just profound. I think everybody just felt something beautiful about it.”
The sequence additionally confirms how Ellie turned immune, although for Druckmann, “more importantly than that,” together with Johnson as Ellie’s mother additionally led to a key little bit of storytelling, one which brings additional punch to the top of the episode.