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'The Last of Us' Episode One Ending Explained: Who Is Ellie?

'The Last of Us' Episode One Ending Explained: Who Is Ellie?

As we wait for the second episode to arrive, let's do a deep dive into the first episode and check out the details you might have missed.

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We just might have the best-ever video game to live-action adaptation in our hands with The Last Of Us. Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey deliver promising performances as Joel and Ellie, the protagonists of the story, as the audience is introduced to a world that is crumbling down after a freak fungal infection starts to turn the infected person into bloodthirsty monsters. With a 9.5 rating on IMDB, The Last Of Us has become a beacon of light for HBO, hoping that the show becomes the next big blockbuster. HBO also released a trailer to tease us what lies ahead in future episodes, and you can take a look at it below. So, before the arrival of the second episode on January 22, let us just break down the first episode and study the details that you might have missed. Make sure to brace yourselves for the spoilers ahead.



 

The pilot episode of the show is called When You're Lost in the Darkness, and we see an idyllic opening where we see a person in a 1968 talk show explaining how we don't have to be afraid of bacteria and viruses but fungi and giving us an explanation about how pandemics work and how climate change plays an important part in the catastrophic results of pandemics as well. After the opening credits, we are introduced to Joel and his daughter in 2003, living somewhere in Texas, and Joel's brother Tommy. The audience can overhear the chaotic reportings over the radio, but soon the chaos spills all over the world. Before we know it, the apocalypse is knocking on the door of our protagonist. Joel loses his daughter in the mayhem, and the story jumps 20 years ahead where Joel resides in the Boston quarantine zone managed by the Federal Disaster Response Agency (FEDRA) as a smuggler, and he also has a partner named Tess.

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Piled-up dead bodies being burned on the streets and a dusty landscape will give the viewers a sense of paranoia and a signal of some impending doom. Joel mainly smuggles things in and out of the quarantine zone. The resistance group named Fireflies is also mentioned, and we get to know that they are blowing things up all around the area. The title of the episode is also seen as graffiti on some broken glass windows, and it reads: “When you're lost in the darkness, look for the light.”

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Who Is Ellie?

Ellie is the 14-year-old girl of Marlene, the leader of the Fireflies, and she begs Joel and Tess to escort Ellie to the Massachusetts State House. The smuggler duo soon realizes that Ellie is infected. However, unlike other infected people, she has miraculously not turned into a monster yet. By the end of the episode, it is established that she might be immune to the Cordyceps infection. Another team of the Fireflies is supposed to take Ellie and then attempt to extract a cure from her for the infection in the facility.

What Happened To Tommy?

After the time jump, we can see Joel searching for Tommy, and his whereabouts are not known. The brothers keep in touch briefly through a radio tower, but Joel doesn't get any replies from Tommy for over three weeks, and Joel ventures out to search for him. However, through some hints in the show, we can guess that Tommy is possibly in Boston.

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How Does The First Episode End?

The first episode wraps up in an interesting manner with a shot of Joel's radio, which is also used to signal other smugglers, playing Never Let Me Down Again, a 1987 song by Depeche Mode. Curious netizens have theorized that this song might be foreshadowing some trouble waiting ahead for the protagonists. As the show is following the footsteps of the game closely, we can expect all the other episodes coming up ahead to impress the audience and the gamers alike. The Last Of Us is now available for streaming on HBO and HBO Max with weekly episodes. 



 

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