Just the way that Ellie is thrown into Joel’s lap and all he had to do was get her across town and he’d have what he wanted. His day starts and he’s expecting to get his guns back and him and Tess will have food stamps to eat and that’s it. He has nothing in his heart anymore, just the basic instinct to survive. Then suddenly he has to get this girl to some fireflies and while admiring the sunrise together he can’t help the small amount of SOMETHING he feels. But then Tess gets bitten, and there’s no fireflies, and now suddenly, after losing his friend, probably long time intimate partner, he has to take this girl miles away to his brother Tommy. “How far are we gunna take this thing??”
The two are together for months, and slowly over time he starts to laugh at her jokes and answer her questions about life before all this.
She goes from a job to someone he can’t help but care for, at least a little bit. They finally get to Tommy’s and Joel still just wants to hand her over and get on with it. Sure he cares about her, but does that matter?? He didn’t want this, and now he wants to finish the job and get out of there. He wants to do things the way he was going to do them at the start, drop her off and get out. But they’ve already been through so much together can he still really do that?
Ellie tells Joel, “Everyone I have ever loved has either turned or left, everyone except you. So don’t tell me I’d be safe because I’d just feel even more scared.”
I’m paraphrasing of course (bad memory)
The argument gets heated, and Joel hurts Ellie’s feelings pretty badly.
It’s kind of like trying to get rid of her with cruelty, but once he sees how much it hurt her, how much those words actually hurt, he felt bad. Why? Because he cares. He cares at this point. He cares if Ellie’s feelings are hurt.
This is the point where after months and months together, Joel admits to himself that he cares about Ellie, that all their small moments together have gradually made him CARE about her.
Autumn is the short time that we see Joel be more open with Ellie. It’s longer a job. He wants to take Ellie.
It turns out the fireflies are even further away, but Hunters enter the Uni, and during a fight Joel is impaled through the stomach.
This segment is so amazing.
Ellie has been looking after Joel, nursing his wound, hunting for food. We enter on a day where she encounters to men while hunting, and after enduring a horde of infected with one of them, he reveals himself as a part of the group of people that Joel and Ellie killed at the Uni.
Ellie gets the fuck out of there, nurses Joel’s wounds and sleeps beside him.
In the morning she tries to get the hunters away from their hideout, but they shoot her horse, and Thomas cages her.
Joel snaps up, and calls out for Ellie. Hunters outside shoot at him, and after he takes them out, he drags two back to their hideout. He is beating the shit out of these two.
"point to where she is, and it better be the exact same spot your friend points to." BAM. SHOT IN THE HEAD. "It’s the right spot man!" "It’s ok, I believed him.."
So it’s obvious now Thomas wants to keep Ellie alive as a sex pet, but after breaking his fingers, apparently it’s going to be impossible talking the other out of killing her for her flesh. She escapes after biting Thomas and revealing she’s infected. This whole encounter ends with Joel ruthlessly killing to find Ellie’s whereabouts. Ellie tries to sneak away, but Thomas ends up with her in a dinner hall. The two end up in a both knocked out situation, but just as she’s crawling for a knife to kill him, he’s up and kicking the shit out of her. She’s inches from it when he’s on top of her, choking her and probably has more intentions. She reaches the knife and cuts him, over and over and over again.
Ellie’s innocence dies in this moment
Joel reaches the dinner hall and grabs her. He comforts her by saying it’s ok baby girl..
There’s a beautiful moment where we can’t hear what they’re saying but we can feel it. Ellie has just viciously killed to stay alive. She can’t forget that. She has fought to stay alive to reach the fireflies.
Joel has killed and killed to keep her alive as well. But not for the same reason. He loves her like he loved his own daughter. Nothing is going to hurt her now
In the spring time they are about to reach the hospital when Joel says “We don’t have to go through with this, you know that right?”
"After everything we’ve been through, after everything I’ve done..it can’t be for nothing."
this started out as a job for joel, a pain in the ass, but now “just go back to Tommy’s. be done with this whole thing.”
Really reaching the fireflies was never important to Joel..First he just wanted to drop her off and be done with it all. But now he just wants Ellie to be safe and happy. But Ellie has done so much to get here, all she wants is to reach the fireflies and do what she can.
So really, when faced with it; They make it, Ellie is in surgery being prepped, Joel is being escorted out, did he do the right thing?
She was never told she would have to die for it, never given the option to say no, but does it matter? Would they have let her go if she did say no? Joel couldn’t let another daughter die, he literally kills innocent brain surgeons in this moment to protect her. But the lines between right and wrong were blurred along time ago..
so after almost a year together, on they’re way to Tommy’s again, Ellie says, “swear, swear everything you said about the fireflies was true.
This is so amazing. Becasue she almost knows in this moment he’s lying. They’ve spent a year building a relationship of trust and in this moment Joel lies to her, and she EXCEPTS it. Would she if she knew that Joel had killed doctors and marlene to get her out of their? She doesn’t know she would have died either. She excpets what Joel tells her.
After losing her innocence trying to reach the fireflies, she expects that they’re not looking for a cure anymore, because Joel said it.
tl;dr I finished playing TLOU for the 2nd time and had to write about it.
It’s really badly written, but I don’t care really.
The Last Of Us- 10/10 (Now my favourite game of all time, trumping Banjo Kazooie and Super Mario 64.)