I give detailed, blow by blow details as I review. If you want to skip the spoilers jump down to the Scoring!
Ellie’s Mom (Flashback)
The season finale opens with a pregnant woman running through the woods. In the distance we can hear infected screams. She makes it back to a farmhouse only to find its empty. When her water breaks she reaches down and finds a thick yellow mucus instead of clear fluid.
Is she infected? Is this Ellie’s Mom? Yes, yes it is. Her name is Anna.
The pregnant woman flee up the stairs but its too late. One of the infected has found her. As the infected attacks the woman gives birth. Ellie is Born.
When Anna’s friend return to the farmhouse they find her, bitten and infected – but afraid to nurse her daughter. Anna lies to her group. Anna emphatically says that she cut the cord before she was bit. A lie, but likely the only reason that Ellie is alive.
Anna begs Marlene to kill her as the virus takes over. Marlene struggles, but does what’s needed. Baby Ellie cries as the sound of the gunshot startles her.
Ellie (Current Day)
When we snap back to the current timeline Ellie is sitting in the back of a truck. Joel scavenges supplies and a boardgame as Ellie zoned out, lost in her own thoughts.
The two move through a city and are forced to climb a sky scraper to get a better view.
Ellie seems off. Something is eating at her. At least until Joel lifts her up to the next level in the building and she comes face to face with a Giraffe. It looks like the local zoo animals escaped and have survived.
As Joel and Ellie look out over the surviving animals Joel pitches Ellie on returning to Tommy. Ellie tells him there is no half way. They need to finish what they started.
The two find an old army post and Joel breaks down and tells Ellie how she has helped him. How she healed him. The bond for a moment before continuing there trek. At least until some a-hole throws a flash bang grenade at them. Ellie is dragged away as Joel is clocked in the head with the butt of a rifle.
When Joel wakes up he is with Marlene. The Fireflies have them. Marlene wants to know how Joel did it. She lost a lot of people crossing the country. Joel wants to see Ellie but Marlene tells him he can’t. Ellie is about to go into surgery. They want to remove the Cordyceps from Ellie – from her brain.
Joel demands they take him to Ellie but Marlene doesn’t care. She has excuses, and she claims to understand, but she would betray Anna’s trust if it means saving the world.
Marlene tells her mom to take Joel to the highway. If he tries anything, kill him. Before they leave Marlene hands Ellie’s switch blade to one of the soldiers. When they let him go he can have the blade to defend himself.
As the soldiers guide Joel downstairs he attacks. They didn’t stand a chance. He picks up one of their rifles and begins to talk through the facility, killing Fireflies as he goes.
Joel is death.
When he finally make it to the OR he demands they unhook Ellie. The first doctor finds out quickly that Joel is not kidding.
Joel picks up Ellie and carries her to the elevator. As a father I felt the moment that he stairs down at her in his arms. I would sacrifice the world for my chidden. The good of the many makes perfect sense until the good of the few impacts your family.
Marlene confronts Joel in the parking garage. She tells him, begs him, to think of the many. To think how Ellie could help them fix the world. He doesn’t care. Joel kills Marlene before taking Ellie off in a truck.
Joel & Ellie Escape
Ellie wakes up in the truck, still have drugged. Joel tells her lies. He doesn’t want her to know the decision he made for both of them. For all of them.
As Ellie and Joel hike through the mountains he tells her about Sarah. He tells Ellie he thinks they would have liked each other.
As they walk Ellie admits that the first person she killed was Riley. This leads Ellie to demand that Joel swear that the lies he told her about the fireflies was true.
Joel swears, not showing any signs that he is being deceptive.
The credits roll.
Season 1 of The Last of Us is over.
Look for the Light Scoring
I couldn’t look away for a second of Look for the Light. I can only give it a 100/100 and say it is Worth Your Time.
Things I loved about this episode:
- Ellie’s mom looks just like Ellie. Did they use her real mom or was that all CGI?
- Pedro Pascal. He is just amazing.
- Bella Ramsey. She is just amazing.
- The chemistry between Pedro and Bella is a beautiful thing. It makes the whole world and the story so much more believable.
- When Joel goes full Rambo to save Ellie. He is a dangerous man.
- Joel putting Marlene down. I love how there was no indecision. Joel knowns Marlene would just come after Ellie. It is a quick and easy decision for Joel.
Things I hated about this episode:
- Are the infected not attracted to animals? The giraffes were cool but would they really be alive in a world infected with a mind controlling fungus?
- Marlene just lets Joel go? No way she wouldn’t have realized that he would kill for Ellie at this point.
|1||1||When You’re Lost in the Darkness||100|
|1||3||Long Long Time||95|
|1||4||Please Hold on to My Hand||94|
|1||5||Endure and Survive||100|
|1||8||When We Are In Need||100|
|1||9||Look for the Light||100|