WARNING: This article contains MAJOR SPOILERS on HBO’s The Last of Us Season Finale in accordance with the Naughty Dog video game. Read at your own risk!
If you’ve been keeping up with HBO series The Last of Us, you’re well aware that the main goal of the entire series, specifically the journey of Joel Miller (Pedro Pascal) and Ellie (Bella Ramsey) is to extract the cure from Ellie’s seemingly immune body to the fungal virus. However, gamers are pretty much expecting Twitter fans to explode once the revelation settles in by its season finale.
“It was… exhausting,” Ramsey told Vogue when asked how filming the season finale went, “[But] those were some of my favourite days on set. That sounds really masochistic, but it’s the scenes that break me that I love the most, in a way.”
However, it wasn’t exactly the filming that got the actor concerned: “[The Last of Us season finale] is going to divide people massively — massively.” And Ramsey’s 100% accurate on that.
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The Naughty Dog video game caused an uproar upon players reaching the end of the game, in which Joel had finally found the Fireflies’ camp, hoorah, however, the journey doesn’t exactly end there yet.
Once Joel was ready to let Ellie go and potentially let the Fireflies do surgery in search of a vaccine within Ellie, there’s a catch. And in this twist, Joel is left to decide for the sake of his love for his newfound family, and for Ellie’s sake, too. This decision will purposely bloom its outcome in The Last of Us Season 2.
Seeing as co-showrunners Neil Druckmann and Craig Mazin have been sticking closely to how the Naughty Dog video game progresses, it’s no surprise that we’ll be once again watching the video game come to life on the season finale. Incidentally, while season finales are usually longer than its prior episodes, The Last of Us Episode 9 is the shortest within Season 1. The reason which we can only find out once it’s released on March 12.
For now, The Last of Us Episode 8 premieres this Sunday, March 5, 2023, on HBO Max.