Let’s discuss The Final of Us episode 9

After 9 weeks, now we have reached The Final of Us’ final episode (for this season, no longer no longer as much as).

This episode – Eye for the Light – is an emotional one, and as ever leaves tons to search the advice of with you all.

So, for one final time, let’s dive on in.


Episode 9 preview.

Sooner than I watched this episode, I knew there have been diverse issues from the game I wished to see included – these have been (in no say expose) the giraffes, Ellie’s water distress and Joel’s determined attempts to assign her, Joel’s final from side to side with Marlene (particularly the line “you would impartial reach after her”), Ellie giving Joel the portray of him with Sarah, and Ellie’s “enough” on the cease.

And, did I secure this stuff? Well, largely.

I know that face… Image HBO.

The final episode of The Final of Us’ first season begins with a cool open – one thing the present has as of late eschewed. We see a carefully pregnant lady running by map of some woods, clearly being chased by an contaminated (though they form no longer appear to be viewed).

Fans of the game will directly recognise this actor as Ashley Johnson, who played Ellie in The Final of Us Half 1 and 2. As previously announced, here she is taking half in Ellie’s mother, Anna. Ah-ha, in order that is who’s in the bump!

Anna makes it to an abandoned farmhouse (perhaps somewhat of foreshadowing, or an Easter egg from Half 2), where she barricades the doors as her pursuer continues to apply. Oh, there is additionally the dinky truth Anna is in labour. Her waters have broken and, boy, is she feeling these contractions.

As a mother, I’m in a position to only agree with how extremely tense this project must have been for Anna. Alone, in mortal distress and with no distress reduction. No thanks!

The contaminated that chased down Anna. Image HBO.

The contaminated that has been chasing Anna in the destroy breaks by map of the door to where Anna is hiding, and Anna (again, whereas in labour) fights for no longer only her life, nonetheless the lifetime of her unborn toddler. She sooner or later overcomes the contaminated by stabbing it with her switchblade. On the opposite hand, despite her most attention-grabbing efforts, Anna is bitten in the fight.

With the contaminated lying on the bottom beside her, Anna is brought back to the moment by the sound of crying – her toddler has been born. Anna mercurial makes spend of her switchblade to lower the umbilical wire, and picks up her little one.

As her toddler cries, Anna appears to be like at her newborn with pleasure and bask in.

“You expose ’em. You fucking expose ’em Ellie.”

Anna with a newborn Ellie. Image HBO.

Following this introduction, and presumably later that identical day, we see a team of folks drawing near near the constructing Anna is in. It’s Marlene and the Fireflies (arriving with torches in the boring of night, having a glance corresponding to thier firefly namesakes).

They secure Anna, who’s conserving each Ellie and her switchblade to her neck. Marlene sees Anna is contaminated, and apologies. Anna states Ellie is hungry, nonetheless she hasn’t wanted to nurse her (which is understandable, given her contaminated reputation).

Anna gives Ellie to Marlene and asks her to love her daughter, claiming she used to be bitten after she had lower the umbilical wire. She additionally hands Marlene her switchblade for her to present to Ellie, and asks Marlene to form one final favour. Make a selection care of Ellie in Boston, and kill her (Anna, no longer Ellie).

On the origin Marlene cannot carry herself to form it, nonetheless after hearing Anna order out to her, she relents. She hands the newborn Ellie over to 1 more member of the Fireflies, asking them to quilt her ears. She then returns to the room Anna is in, and shoots her as Ellie begins to order. Marlene then takes Ellie in her hands.

Marlene finds Anna. Image HBO.

Crying, she takes Ellie from Anna. Image HBO.

As with a gigantic preference of times over this series, The Final of Us’ showrunners have taken tale parts from the game and elaborated on them. These who played Half 1 will know Ellie’s mother and Marlene knew each other, and Anna entrusted Ellie into Marlene’s care. Within the game, you presumably can additionally read a letter Anna wrote to Ellie sooner than she died. Within the intervening time, in the American Desires droll series, we secure out Ellie’s actual switchblade aged to be her mother’s.

On the opposite hand, we never hear exactly how Anna died. It’s no longer actually even acknowledged she used to be contaminated sooner than her loss of life, though given the enviornment of The Final of Us, it is miles uncomplicated to settle. Anna’s is a tale Neil Druckmann has wanted to expose for a whereas, nonetheless except now the celebrities never aligned and allowed him to form so.

Anna’s letter to Ellie. Images Sportive Dog.

After this heartbreaking introduction to the finale, we’re then brought back to the most modern day. As in the game, Joel and Ellie are now in Salt Lake Metropolis, and Ellie is in a direct of unhappy following the events with David and his followers. She is distracted, and would now not readily snatch with Joel (and bless him, he does are attempting – he tells her he’ll educate her the guitar when this is everywhere, and tries to talk with her about Boggle).

Ellie is subdued in the origin of the episode. Image HBO.

As they form their subdued means by map of the city, Joel gives Ellie a hump as much as a increased platform (it is terribly gameplay-ey, with even a Sportive Dog yellow smudge showing the signifies that I appreciated). The plan is that she passes a ladder down to him, so he too can form his means onto the platform. On the opposite hand, Ellie becomes distracted, and after clumsily tossing the ladder down to Joel, she dashes off.

If you had played the game, you are going to grab exactly what’s going on, and boy did I’ve a colossal smile on my face when I saw Ellie scarper off a long way from Joel with no clarification. Yes, ladies folk and gentlemen, the well-known merchandise on my episode wishlist would be checked off. When Joel sooner or later catches up with Ellie, she is with a giraffe. Oh, my heart.

I’m in a position to also impartial have had a dash or two here. Image HBO.

Even the outfits are the the same. Image Sportive Dog.

This moment in the game is in overall cited as being one among basically the most attention-grabbing examples of storytelling in video games. It no longer only helps Joel designate the impression their dash one day of The United States has taken on Ellie, nonetheless it actually additionally reinforces Ellie’s resolution to reach the Fireflies. Yes, she has been unhappy, nonetheless she is resolute in her cease plan.

Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey each form a most attention-grabbing job of taking pictures the significance of this scene. Joel appears to be like on with such bask in as Ellie smiles and giggles whereas feeding the giraffe. It’s a improbable, peaceful moment of innocence and parental affection.

As in the game (and as I’ve alluded to), the two earn a moment to dwell here, and deem on their dash. When having a glance out over the herd of giraffes, Joel asks Ellie if it is everything she hoped for. “Or no longer it is obtained its usaand downs, nonetheless possibilities are you’ll perhaps presumably no longer declare that gaze,” Ellie replies.

Joel then tells Ellie they form no longer must tear on any additional. They’re going to flip back, and return to Jackson. They’re repeatedly a family.

“We form no longer must form that,” he tells her.

Ellie, taking in Joel’s words, explains she would now not need their dash to have been for nothing – “After everything we’ve got been by map of. On the least I’ve performed…” she reflects.

“There’s no halfway with this. We form what we started,” Ellie tells Joel after promising after they are performed she’s going to apply him wherever he wants to tear. There is hope in each of the characters’ words.

As the duo proceed on their means by map of Salt Lake Metropolis, they reach one day of an abandoned medical camp. As in the game, Joel remembers the time he used to be a affected person at one among them.

On the opposite hand, now not like in the game, in the present Joel finds he used to be on the medical camp attributable to he tried – and failed – to kill himself. The scar on his head is from where he flinched when firing the gun. He talks to Ellie about this moment, asserting he peaceable doesnt know why he flinched as he used to be “ready”. It used to be after the outbreak, and he had misplaced Sarah. He had no motive to dwell.

The sport’s medical camp. Image Sportive Dog.

Joel tries to present to Ellie why he’s telling her all this, nonetheless she says she will be able to guess. “Time heals all wounds,” she states. Joel then tells her it wasn’t time that healed him, sooner than giving Ellie a famous see.

It used to be her. Ellie is his surrogate daughter, and he loves her deeply. Ellie, in flip, tells Joel she is cheerful “that didn’t work out”, nodding at his gunshot scar. The 2 then proceed on, and the mood is lightened with about a of Ellie’s traditional (or “shitty”, in Joel’s words) puns.

“Of us are making apocalypse jokes like there is now not any the next day to come to come.”

This good moment is rapidly interrupted by some army having a glance varieties and a smoke bomb, and Joel is rapidly knocked uncocnsious by an unknown solider.

The scene then cuts to Joel coming to in the Salt Lake Metropolis effectively being heart, and Marlene. These unknown infantrymen have been Fireflies, who didn’t know who Joel and Ellie have been (so, no, there is now not any such thing as a water allotment in this episode – as soon as extra the showrunners have moved the point of ardour from “gameplay sections” to persona style, with Anna and Joel’s backstories each being embellished upon in the finale).

Marlene finds Ellie is being prepped for surgical map. The Firefly doctors agree with they’ll secure a medication for the cordyceps. And, here, we secure out impartial why Ellie is immune. The cordyceps has been with her since birth, thanks to the bite Anna recieved when she used to be in labour.

Joel realises, nonetheless, that cordyceps grows one day of the brain. Twigging that Ellie will die if she is operated on, Joel begs Marlene to secure somebody else, and asks to be taken to Ellie. Marlene refuses, and tells Joel she is sorry and understands how he’s feeling. Marlene talks about Ellie’s birth and her promise to Anna.

“I have not every other preference,” Marlene explains.

She then tells her men to stroll Joel to the freeway, with orders to shoot him if he “tries anything else”. She additionally gives them Ellie’s switchblade to sooner or later give to Joel. It’s all very very just like the game, though I did actually feel somewhat bit just like the present tried to paint Marlene as extra of a villain at this point with the music and lights.

And, corresponding to the game, Joel rapidly makes a resolution that would possibly perhaps affect the rest of humanity. He has already misplaced one daughter, he isn’t any longer going to lose one more one. Earlier than this episode’s originate, cast members had acknowledged the finale will be divisive, and we’re about to see why.

Alongside with his mind made up, Joel kills the Fireflies escorting him, after which, in a pretty chilling sequence of events, he proceeds to gun down the Fireflies – even these that are attempting and renounce. He leaves rankings of boring in his wake, impartial as he does in the game.

The present performs this slaughtering out to about a pretty haunting music, adding a unhappy to Joel’s actions. Doubtless I’m being pedantic here, nonetheless I form actually feel this bloodbath used to be somewhat out of effect for the present’s version of Joel. Now now not the action itself (extra on that in a moment), nonetheless the actual execution of it.

Whereas now we have viewed Joel’s violent trends, corresponding to when he beat the FEDRA soldier to loss of life in episode one, the single other time he has shown any actual proficiency with a gun used to be in Kansas Metropolis or mercurial taking pictures at motionless targets with Ellie. Now, nonetheless, he appears to be like to be to be cutting a course by map of the Fireflies like he’s a member of a definite ops division.

At this point in the game, these taking half in as Joel had viewed his ability as a marksman countless times over. On the opposite hand, with the present’s diminished point of curiosity on violence as an answer to pass the tale forward (a resolution I form designate), his surprising professionalism in opposition to a well informed militia seemed, effectively, surprising.

Shots fired. Image HBO.

Joel wants to grab where Ellie is. Image Sportive Dog.

Joel on his rampage. Image Sportive Dog.

Regardless, with his course to Ellie now clear, Joel makes his means to the surgical theatre.

As in the game, Joel kills the surgeon about to objective on Ellie (who’s unconscious). He then orders the nurses to unhook Ellie from the theatre’s tools. There is now not any such thing as a hesitation – Joel has one point of curiosity, and it is her.

As he leaves the room with Ellie in his hands, the digicam specializes in the deceased surgeon, a hint at what’s peaceable to reach back in series two.

Oh, hey Laura Bailey! Image HBO.

Joel rapidly arrives on the effectively being heart’s garage, and sees a car he can spend to secure him and Ellie a long way from Salt Lake Metropolis.

As he makes his means against the auto, he’s met by Marlene. She holds him at gunpoint, telling him he has the chance to change his mind. She asks him what Ellie would need, and it is obvious Joel is aware of Ellie would must secure a medication.

“No topic how laborious you are trying, regardless of what number of folks you kill, she’s going to develop up Joel. After which you are going to die, or she’ll leave, after which what? How long sooner than she’s torn apart by contaminated, or murdered by raiders? Because she lives in a broken world, that possibilities are you’ll perhaps presumably also impartial have saved.”

Marlene tries to motive with Joel, telling him that even after everything that has befell “or no longer it is now not any longer too leisurely”, they’ll work one thing out. “We are in a position to peaceable have the flexibility,” she tells Joel.

Marlene tries to motive with Joel. Image HBO.

“You would possibly perhaps no longer assign her.” Image Sportive Dog.

We then see Joel utilizing by map of the country, and in the origin it appears to be like to be he’s by myself. On the opposite hand, he’s no longer – he has Ellie with him.

As she comes to, she is pressured. Joel then does one thing that, alongside with his execution of the Fireflies, has caused frequent debate one day of the secure. He lies to Ellie.

Joel tells her there are “dozens” in the market who’re immune, nonetheless that the doctors can also no longer secure anything else to abet with a medication. As such, they’ve stopped having a glance.

He then tells Ellie the Fireflies have been all killed by raiders, and in order that they have been fortunate to flee. When Ellie asks if Marlene is relaxed, Joel can no longer carry himself to answer her ask of. As a change, he tells Ellie he’s taking them “home”. As Ellie rolls over in the back of the auto, he apologises.

“What befell?” Image Sportive Dog.

The scene then cuts back to the garage, corresponding to it does in the game, and we see Joel shoot Marlene.

She survives the well-known shot, and as she is bleeding out on the garage floor she asks Joel to let her tear. Joel then appears to be like Marlene boring in the glance, and states: “You’d impartial reach after her” (episode wishlist, test two).

He then shoots Marlene again, killing her.

I knew Marlene’s loss of life used to be coming, nonetheless it actually peaceable injure. Image HBO.

Joel shoots Marlene. Images Sportive Dog.

The rest of this episode is roughly a straight copy from the game, with some improbable acting from Pascal and Ramsey.

Once their car breaks down, Joel tells Ellie they’re going to must hike the rest of the means to Jackson.

Throughout their hike, Joel talks to Ellie about Sarah, commenting that they would have loved each other. Joel says Ellie would have made Sarah laugh, and even supposing they are diversified he’s sure they would have gotten alongside.

Joel talks about Sarah. Image Sportive Dog.

Joel and Ellie then crest a hill, and designate Jackson in the valley ahead of them. As Joel sets off again, Ellie stops him. She then recalls the time she obtained bitten by the contaminated. This is the well-known time Ellie tells Joel about Riley. Ellie then reflects on the others who have died alongside the means, corresponding to Tess and Sam.

She then asks Joel to “articulate” to her that everything he acknowledged about the “Fireflies is staunch”. He swears it is, and series one ends with Ellie having a glance uncertainly at Joel. “Okay,” she says, despite there peaceable being a component of doubt in her bid. And with that, the credits initiating to roll on series one (test quantity three).

I need a whereas to recuperate from this line. Image Sportive Dog.

As I acknowledged, this used to be roughly shot one for one from the game. And, as we wrap up on series one among The Final of Us, I’m left with the the same feeling – and identical ask of – I had taking half in the game. Turned into Joel correct to form what he did, after which deceive Ellie about it?

Troy Baker, who performs Joel in the games (and James in the present, see final week’s episode), has previously acknowledged he believes Joel’s actions on the cease of The Final of Us Half 1 to be “basically the most selfish act ever”. On the opposite hand, he would now not actually feel the ending can also have been played out every other means, as, in Joel’s eyes, Ellie used to be “his world” and as such saving her used to be extra famous than saving humanity.

Baker has acknowledged he feels the true fault of Joel’s actions lies no longer in the deaths of the Fireflies and these sure to become contaminated in the end, nonetheless fairly it is miles the lie he tells Ellie in the game’s epilogue – one thing we see explored in Half 2, and one thing we are going to be in a position to actually see constructed upon in The Final of Us’ future seasons.

As for me, it has been 10 years since I first heard these words, and I’m peaceable no longer sure where I tumble on this say argument. As a parent, I’m in a position to no longer even fathom what it’ll also impartial peaceable be like to lose somewhat one, so I worship why Joel fights so desperatly to assign Ellie. On the opposite hand, the lies he tells her form me deeply unlucky.

Joel lies to Ellie to give protection to himself. Image Sportive Dog.

As a complete, I’ve on the total enjoyed this adaptation of The Final of Us. The series creators have walked a careful line of developing the present accessible to newcomers, nonetheless have additionally included tons to nourish fans of the game.

I appreciated the showrunners’ resolution to point of curiosity extra on the characters in this world one day of the series, and I feel fleshing out stories corresponding to these of Bill and Frank, Marlene and Kathleen enhanced the general memoir. It has been refreshing to step a long way from Joel and Ellie in the present, nonetheless the total whereas never actually feel like their characters have been being brushed off or sidelined.

Of route, I’d no longer be shocked if we sooner or later cease up with some roughly The Final of Us dash-off series, as there are clearly diverse experiences that also can very effectively be knowledgeable (I’d actually like to see extra of Marlon and Florence).

I’d have loved to see extra of Graham Greene’s Marlon. Image HBO.

On that demonstrate, I additionally cherished how the games’ normal cast have been included in this adaptation. Now now not impartial dinky cameos (Laura Bailey apart), these have been fleshed out roles, and I enjoyed spotting these actors shooting up as the series went on.

Troy Baker as James. Within the game, he performs Joel. Image HBO.

Jeffery Pierce as Perry. Pierce performs Tommy in the games. Image HBO.

Laura Bailey in the present. Bailey performs Abby in Half 2, and used to be additionally the newscaster in Half 1. Image HBO.

Merle Dandridge performs Marlene in the present and the game. Image HBO.

On the opposite hand, as this type of sizable fan of the game, I form actually feel there used to be one thing lacking from this series, particularly in later episodes where issues felt somewhat rushed, and an additional few episodes shouldn’t have long gone amiss. I endure in mind reading a evaluate that acknowledged one thing alongside the traces that the present used to be an most attention-grabbing jigsaw puzzle nonetheless one who had about a lacking items. I feel this elegant noteworthy sums up my emotions of series one.

On the least, in the origin of this piece, I mentioned diverse key parts from the game I’d have loved to see translated over to the tv series, and as you now know, they have been no longer all there.

Please form no longer secure me unsuitable, I fully designate no longer everything would be included. On the opposite hand, I form actually feel omitting issues corresponding to Joel receiving the portray of his daughter and Ellie’s incapacity to swim (particularly as this used to be referenced in episode two) used to be somewhat of a overlooked opportunity.

Ellie gives Joel the portray of his daughter. Image Sportive Dog.

Joel and Ellie impartial about drown. Image Sportive Dog.

That being acknowledged, HBO’s adaptation of The Final of Us has obtained below my pores and skin, and I form no longer see it leaving any time rapidly. The present has made me smile, it has made me laugh, it has made me order and it has made me suppose. It took many issues I like about the game, and embellished on them in a map I didn’t neccesarily ask. Episode three with Bill and Frank is presumably one among my favourite episodes of tv ever, and even weeks on I peaceable can no longer see at strawberries in the the same means.

All in all, the highs have been extremely high, with the lows few and a long way between, nonetheless undeniably there.

Sequence co-creator Craig Mazin with actors Merle Dandridge and Pedro Pascal.

I tear to glance the total series again with my husband (who has no longer played the games) in a month or so.

I’m having a glance forward to seeing his response to all of it, particularly as he has no prior data of the tale rather then it is map in a submit-apocalyptic The United States and aspects a individual and a girl. I’ve promised him I will are attempting and no longer obsessively present the total Easter eggs and callbacks to the game.

Sooner than I tear, I impartial must thanks inquisitive about reading alongside with me as the present has continued. It has been a actual treat to dive additional into a series I’ve a form of bask in for, and I’ve enjoyed reading your complete thoughts on each episode. It has been a fun lumber, and I’m cheerful to have been ready to half it with you.

Truth be knowledgeable, I’m no longer sure what I tear to form with myself next Monday… Actually, perhaps I will restart taking half in The Final of Us Half 2.

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