The Ending of The Last of Us Episode 4 Explained: Who are Henry and Sam?

The Ending of The Last of Us Episode 4 Explained: Who are Henry and Sam?
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The Ending of The Last of Us Episode 4 Explained: Who are Henry and Sam?
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Warning: This article contains spoilers for The Last of Us. Read at your own risk!

Joel and Ellie take a detour as they end up in Kansas City where they encounter a revolutionary movement that puts them in danger. Derailed without the truck of Bill, they would have to survive on foot but this is where they meet two new characters. Here's what happened in The Last of Us Episode 4, explained.

The Ending of The Last of Us Episode 4 Explained

The Ending of The Last of Us Episode 4 Explained
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The Ending of The Last of Us Episode 4 Explained

Titled Please Hold My Hand, The Last of Us Episode 4 continues with the journey of Joel and Ellie after they get supplies from Bill and Frank's. As they face a detour and some dilemma, the series introduces a new set of characters that will make it or break it for them.

With a ton of jokes and some bonding over guns, Joel and Ellie forges a deeper relationship between each other, even building some sort of trust now that Joel entrusts Ellie with a gun after she saved his life. Still, that couldn't discount the fact that they lost the truck and most of their supplies after seeing people.

These men are under Kathleen, a revolutionary leader in Kansas City and while she seems soft-spoken, don't let her soothing voice fool you because she is one ruthless woman who wouldn't hesitate to kill, and she has Perry and a whole army to support her cause like looking for Henry and Sam.

In the end of The Last of Us Episode 4, Ellie wakes Joel up, frantic because a gun is pointed to her head and it pans to Henry. Joel is not in the clear, too, as there is Sam, a young child who signals Joel to stay quiet while pointing a gun to his head.

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Who are Henry and Sam in The Last of Us?

Who are Henry and Sam in The Last of Us?
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Who are Henry and Sam in The Last of Us?

This brings everyone to Henry and Sam, the brothers who are hunted by Kathleen. To start, they are characters from the game who left the Hartford quarantine zone and met Joel and Ellie in Pittsburgh. In the series, however, the location is changed to Kansas City. Sam is also deaf, by the way.

This decision of Sam being deaf and being actually played by a deaf actor, Keivonn Woodard, is shared by showrunner Neil Druckmann to The Washington Post where he said, “One of the changes that we made for the TV show is we made Sam deaf."

Druckmann further explained, "That kind of constraint led to really interesting storytelling decisions that, in some ways, make that sequence more impactful than it is in the game.”

With the introduction of Kathleen, Henry, and Sam, Joel and Ellie would have to test the waters and see which company would be safer to be with. In the game, they go with Henry and Sam, which is most likely happening in the series as well.

See The Last of Us Episode 4, now streaming on HBO Max. The Last of Us Episode 5 will be airing earlier than usual on February 10th instead of the 12th.

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