The end of The Last of Us Episode II left new fans scratching their heads as to how players could have come to terms with these events before. Last Sunday’s episode, which followed the path of Joel (Pedro Pascal), Tess (Anna Torv), and Ellie (Bella Ramsey) as they moved out of the quarantine zone, gave a big nod that “the shock will continue, and morale will probably never improve.”
And as someone who watched the first four episodes of the series for our The Last of Us review, I can say with confidence that this reflects one of The Last of Us’ skills. While some might think the zombie-like drama genre was a long time ago, TLOU still manages to pull off sentiment on a regular basis.
But, as we’ll talk below, you’ll want to migrate to HBO Max next week. Trust me on that.
Of course, this story will contain some The Last of Us spoilers, though Twitter users have done a good job not spoiling the series for others online. This story will go over the details of the second episode of the series, which was covered in the recap of The Last of Us, episode two.
The end of The Last of Us Episode 2 inspires even more tearful reactions
As gamers knew going into The Last of Us on HBO, Tess wasn’t long for this world. She dies in Episode 2, sacrificing herself to destroy a horde of infected people and throw them all out of Joel and Ellie’s tracks. But the way Anna Torv delivered Joel’s forlorn, angry, and bleak dialogue, when she made up her mind, was simply brilliant.
The best response came from user @psychedamygdala, who asked how people could play such a painful game. The question of whether or not this will happen in every episode is likely on the minds of many.
Do they bring you to love the characters and kill them off at the end of every tlou episode? SMH how did you play thisJanuary 23, 2023
Loudspeaker @tweet (Opens in a new tab) She loves The Last of Us, which somehow managed to emotionally destroy her despite her pre-existing knowledge from the game, writing “tlou is also a good f**king im so happy (every episode devastated me even though I already knew what was going to happen)”
player alejandra, @tweet (Opens in a new tab)she felt heartbroken despite knowing what was to come, writing “I knew it was coming in episode 2 of tlou but I still got tears in another episode 10/10.”
Then we come to Chrissy, aka @tweet (Opens in a new tab), who tweeted “This line in tlou loop i-“, and it’s hard to think of which line Chrissie is referring to. My guess is “Save who you can save”, but it could be any of the lines Anna Torv gives in that scene about her not leaving.
I’m at the end of Episode 2 of #TheLastOfUs when I had to relive Tess’ fate again… pic.twitter.com/els8Vguk3cJanuary 23, 2023
User Jordan Gibbs, aka @SiberiaMachines, found some humor in the grief. Gibbs shared a video of Danny DeVito’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia character Frank reacting emotionally and angrily, with the caption, “I’m at the end of Episode 2 of #TheLastOfUs when I had to ease Tess’ fate again…”
Analysis: Get ready for more in The Last of Us, Episode 3
The Last of Us, as those who have played the games know, is full of emotional moments that will leave your eyes teary-eyed and your jaws on the floor.
I can’t explain why The Last of Us episode three caused so much chatter, but I can say that it forced me to do something I’ve always wanted to do: start a list of the best episodes of TV in a year. I’ve already watched it twice, and it didn’t get less impactful the second time around.