The penultimate episode of The Last of Us does what it’s been doing all season; it stays very faithful to the source material while also fleshing out a bit of the world building while also making changes seemingly for the better.
After last week’s dive into “Left Behind,” the series brings us back to the show’s more current events. Joel is in a terrible state after the stabbing he suffered in episode six, and though Ellie seemed to have successfully and painfully sewed him up, he’s going to need more than that.
In the game, it was at this point where players were actually in control of Ellie and it was a big moment. Obviously, she doesn’t have Joel’s imposing size or skills in combat, but she’s picked up a few skills from Joel and we see them here. From hunting to negotiation with other people, they’re put on display here.
This is the “David” episode, which players will know all too well. Scott Shepherd’s performance as David was a solid one. Like other minor characters before him, it was really fascinating seeing how the showrunners immediately give us an opinion fleshing out these characters. Shepherd’s voice didn’t come off as creepy as it did in the game, but he sure as all hell was a terrifying presence. From seeing him strike a little girl, to his ignorance of trying to get what he wants while his base burns down in flames–David is somebody anybody would love to punch in the face.
He’s a former teacher turned preacher in the show, and like he did with Ellie in the game, he comes off as someone that Ellie could trust. But this is The Last of Us; that was never going to happen–not with the leader of a cult that has some unsavory practices when it comes to sustenance.
As far as pleasant surprises go, we finally see what Troy Baker (the voice of Joel in the game) is up to in his cameo. He’s David’s right hand man, and yes — he dies, but we’ll leave that suspence for you to watch.
All this leads up to an exciting ending that had a very slight change, and it was one they made for the better. After all, who would run into a burning building to save people they don’t actually know are in there?
Fans of the game should be pleased to see how much they stuck to the game, but going into the season finally you wonder, or even hope, that it’ll be at a desired length to really tie up some loose ends… or at least the ones viewers know about.
Can’t get enough of HBO’s The Last of Us? Check out our reviews of previous episodes:
- Episode 7: “Left Behind“
- Episode 6: “Kin“
- Episode 5: “Endure and Survive“
- Episode 4: “Please Hold To My Hand“
- 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)