Now a little more past the halfway point, “The Last of Us” viewers have seen more than their fair share of loss, and despite the show’s slow-building style, it’s always been relatively quick. Episode 6 treads the waters on what it’s like to lose someone that’s always been there and features a cliffhanger fans of the game can finally say was obvious.
The whole post-apocalyptic zombie genre thing has always been about grinding. People grind their resources. People grind to live in whatever situation they’re in. People grind to get what they want. “Kin” shows a glimpse of organized normalcy in a time where all anybody needs is hope, even if you don’t know what it is.
After a rough standoff at the beginning of the episode, Joel and Ellie end up in the community of Jackson, which players should be all too familiar with. As the episode reveals, it’s essentially communism working the way it should. Everybody has a role, and while not everything is agreeable, it’s definitely a fair compromise.
There’s working electricity, school is in session, the community has movie nights, they get to celebrate Christmas–heck, Joel and Ellie are treated to a homecooked meal that includes some pumpkin pie. They’re even given their own houses to live in. It’s entitled living at its finest.
The main reason why Joel and Ellie find themselves in this enviable position is because it’s here where Joel is reunited with his brother Tommy, who he finds out is also about to become a father, making it harder for Joel to confide in him for help in regards to getting Ellie to the Fireflies.
This results in what’s probably the most iconic scene from the original game, and both Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey absolutely kill it as Joel and Ellie. Everything is picture perfect, from the delivery of the lines, to the looks on their faces, all the way to their wardrobe. Again, we really feel for these and the loss they’ve suffered in the last five episodes, and things eventually come to a head at the end where we perhaps see the biggest loss of all–right before perhaps the biggest (optional) storybeat in the series.
Everything is felt, and that’s what this television series has done best.
Can’t get enough of HBO’s The Last of Us? Check out our reviews of previous episodes:
- Episode 4: “Endure and Survive“
- Episode 3: “Long Long Time“
- Episode 2: “Infected“
- Episode 1: “When You’re Lost In The Darkness“
Or check out our reviews of the games!
- The Last of Us Part II (2020 – PS4)
- The Last of Us Remastered (2014 – PS4)
- The Last of Us: Left Behind (2014 – PS3)
- The Last of Us (2013 – PS3)