The Last of Us Episode 8 Proves Joel and Ellie Are Even More Dangerous When Apart

Credit: Liane Hentscher/HBO

Credit: Liane Hentscher/HBO

The Last of Us Episode 8 has finally premiered and not surprisingly, the HBO show's penultimate episode was all about the human drama as Joel and Ellie were separated to fend for themselves. Still, When We Are In Need proved that the duo don't need each other's help to be a danger to the people who want to harm them.

In The Last of Us Episode 8, Ellie is increasingly concerned about Joel's wound which has become infected. When she sets out to hunt a deer, she encounters a preacher named David and his right-hand man James. Ellie grudgingly agrees to trade the deer for some medicine and while waiting for James to return with the penicillin, David reveals that he leads a group that just lost a member. The man just happened to be the same raider Joel had killed after being stabbed with a broken baseball bat.

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Credit: Liane Hentscher/HBO

Although they let Ellie escape, David becomes determined to make her a part of their group and takes some men to find them and kill Joel. Ellie tries to draw them away from Joel's hiding place but is captured by David, who tells his men they can kill Joel.

This is the first time that Joel and Ellie have been apart since the premiere episode but it becomes clear that they are far from helpless on their own. Joel finally gets enough strength to overpower and torture the men who came in to kill him. He then forces them to tell him where Ellie was taken.

Ellie also refused to be overpowered by David, who initially tries to convince her to join their group. However, he changes his mind when she discovers he has been killing people and feeding them to his group members. When he tries to assault her, Ellie fights back, brutally killing him in the process.

As awesome as it was to see Joel and Ellie in action on their own, The Last of Us Episode 8 still concluded with the duo reuniting after their harrowing encounters.

The Last of Us Episode 8 is now streaming on HBO Max.

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