[Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers for The Last of Us: Part II. For more of our coverage, be sure to check out our spoiler-free review, our beginner’s tips & tricks here, the list of trophies, and a full-on spoiler rundown here.]
Whether you’ve performed The Last of Us: Part II or not, it’s arduous to flee the popular culture pull of the title. What started again in 2013 with Naughty Dog’s acclaimed and award-winning recreation The Last of Us has now come full circle. We don’t know if “Part II” would be the ultimate a part of the franchise, however for now, we’re absolutely happy with the story that Neil Druckmann, Halley Gross, and the artistic workforce have shared with us. So whereas we absolutely advocate enjoying all obtainable video games within the franchise for your self to get the complete expertise, we additionally wish to break down the ending of The Last of Us: Part II for people on the market. But first!
You don’t essentially have to know the complete story from The Last of Us, but it surely helps. Essentially, the gruff survivalist and smuggler Joel escorted the younger however robust Ellie throughout the post-apocalyptic American countryside to be able to ship her to a ready group generally known as the Fireflies. Why? Because Ellie will be the lone human who’s resistant to the consequences of a parasitic fungus that infects, mutates, and finally kills each different residing individual on Earth. But when Joel found that the Firefly docs would have needed to kill Ellie to develop a remedy, he opted to kill the lot of them as a substitute, saving Ellie’s life on the expense of the human race.
That’s the story to date. And it picks up proper the place we left off. To get the complete drive of the story, play it (clearly), or take a look at my spoiler rundown linked above to get a refresher. Essentially, The Last of Us: Part II is about Ellie discovering a solution to forgive Joel after studying that he’s been mendacity to her all these years and robbed her of her one probability, in her thoughts anyway, to be somebody really particular. It’s additionally about Ellie discovering a solution to forgive herself after not patching issues up with Joel earlier than his premature loss of life by the hands of a vengeful foe. So whereas Ellie’s revenge towards Abby, who violently murdered Joel, might really feel just like the crux of the story of The Last of Us: Part II, it’s however an infinitesimally small a part of the general story.
Why? Because Ellie’s story is barely half of it. While her revenge might take up 95% of her journey, an important half is the opposite 5%. More on that in a minute. The different half of The Last of Us: Part II is definitely performed from the angle of Abby herself, a personality we, as avid gamers, are conditioned to completely hate from the earliest moments. She killed Joel, the character we spent hours with within the earlier recreation, and her individuals are searching Ellie and others. What redemptive high quality may probably be present in Abby? What’s the purpose of even searching for redemption when video video games have skilled us to count on the Good Guys taking out the Bad Guys by any means crucial?
This is the place The Last of Us: Part II excels. It forces you to both put down the controller and cease enjoying completely (Bad Ending) or reside throughout the pores and skin of a personality you completely hate. Spending the very same period of time in Abby’s footwear as you do Ellie’s permits you to empathize together with her, to see her aspect of the story, to be taught her background and her each day life to be able to higher perceive her. And if you happen to can perceive each Ellie and Abby, you possibly can perceive the ending of The Last of Us: Part II.
After enjoying as each Ellie and Abby towards members of the W.L.F. the Seraphites, and the Infected, we get a time bounce to some months later. Ellie resides with Dina and child J.J. in a bucolic farmhouse setting outdoors of Jackson. But Tommy comes calling with a lead on Abby and Lev, which Ellie takes as a possibility to realize her vengeance and eventually get some peace and quiet. The drawback is that Dina tells Ellie, in no unsure phrases, that if she goes via with this, they’re carried out; Dina “can’t go through that again,” a reference to Jesse, the daddy of her child, being murdered at Abby’s fingers. Ellie prioritizes vengeance over a down-home household life, partially to fulfill her personal wishes, partially to placate the PTSD that troubles her.
In these intervening months, Abby and Lev are imprisoned by the Santa Barbara gang generally known as the Rattlers. This group chains up Runners as watch-dogs and forces prisoners into slave labor to reap their crops (and probably develop into meals themselves, persevering with the theme of cannibalism from the primary recreation, although that’s unconfirmed). Ellie, too, is apprehended by the Rattlers, however she’s capable of escape, monitoring the remainder of the gang to their compound. After murdering but extra Bad Guys, Ellie frees the prisoners who take revenge towards their captors. They level Ellie in the direction of the seashore the place Abby and Lev are left for lifeless, tied up crucifixion-style on the “Pillars”, the previous wood posts of a long-gone pier.
Ellie, grievously wounded from her struggle towards the Rattlers, saves Abby and Lev, however calls for that Abby fights her one final time. Ellie will get the upperhand this time, night the rating from their earlier skirmish by which Abby was the victor, and nearly drowns Abby … however she lets her reside. And then, she lets her and Lev go. It’s Ellie’s second to place vengeance apart, even when it’s proper in her grasp. And it’s that second that Ellie and Abby’s parallel tales come to an in depth … for now.
In the epilogue, we see Ellie, now down two fingers due to Abby’s highly effective chunk, returning to the deserted farmhome she shared with Dina and J.J. Everything in the home is gone apart from Ellie’s previous issues, like her journal and guitar. She performs “Future Days” on the guitar, somewhat poorly, owing to being two fingers shorter than she was. She thinks again to her final dialog with Joel. We be taught that she has a heart-to-heart with him by which she tells him that she doesn’t forgive him but, however that she desires to attempt to take action. In different phrases, Joel and Ellie parted on good phrases and had been nearly to begin making amends earlier than he died. So whereas it’s tragic that Joel died the best way he did, and that Ellie feels cheated for not attending to completely forgive him, no less than she didn’t go away issues between them endlessly unhealed. Things between her and Dina, nevertheless …
Ellie leaves the guitar behind as she packs up her meager possessions and heads again outdoors, strolling in the direction of the forest, for elements unknown…
Until The Last of Us: Part III?