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‘The Last of Us’ featurette explains Joel’s decisions for the first season finale

‘The Last of Us’ featurette explains Joel’s decisions for the first season finale

‘The Last of Us’ featurette explains Joel’s decisions for the first season finale

‘The Last of Us’ featurette explains Joel’s decisions for the first season finale

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  • The Season 1 finale of The Last of Us has arrived.
  • Fans could have asked for more.
  • Ellie understands in her heart that Joel is lying.
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The Season 1 finale of The Last of Us has arrived, and all fans could have asked for and more. The program eventually delivers the anticipated giraffe moment, explains Ellie’s background, and, of course, reveals Joel‘s decisions. The series has repeatedly explored the consuming essence of unadulterated love and how it may lead to absurd, even violent, behaviour. Co-creators Craig Mazin, Neil Druckmann, Pedro Pascal, and Bella Ramsey go into further detail about Joel‘s choice and how contradictory it is in a new featurette.

“The thought experiment for this whole story is the unconditional love a parent feels for their child. And how far can you take this story to demonstrate what that means?” The evil side of love is also discussed;“It is not just about the beautiful parts of love, it’s also about the dark side. It’s about how everything wonderful and everything bad ultimately can start with love,” Mazin continues. Joel and Ellie started out as an estranged couple afraid to communicate, but by the end of Season 1, they had learned to rely on and trust one another. “It’s about the way we treasure the people that we love more than everyone else. How love leads to emotions that can rage out of control.”

“We’ve seen Joel kill. We’ve seen him lose loved ones. So, how do you take that any further?”  “What if it’s between saving all of humanity, or this one girl. That’s the easiest choice he’s ever made in his life.”  We have been following Joel as he goes on a healing road after losing his daughter the night of the breakout, which hardens him.  “what would make one choose one thing over the survival of humanity, essentially. Which is something that he does because he finds himself incapable of losing again.”

The parking lot scene is the final shot, says Merle Dandridge, who played Marlene in both of the games and the television show.“The parking lot is the last shot. It’s the last opportunity to save what Ellie can gift the world. Joel, he is wrestling with his grief, and he can’t see past it.” “There’s no limit to how much we could try to understand that, how much we could defend it, or judge it.”  continues Pascal.  “this beautiful shadow that one can explore and question, find the horror and find the humanity of.”he believes Joel‘s choice to be.

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According to Druckmann, “we’ve been working towards this trust that is forming between these two characters, and how honest they are with each other, and how much they learn to rely on each other.”  during the course of the story. Yet “Joel puts all of that on the line. Like a parent, you feel like you need to lie to your children to protect them. And that’s what Joel does at the very end,” he clarifies.

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Ellie understands in her heart that Joel is lying, according to Ramsey. “But she can’t let herself believe it, because it’s too painful, and it’s too scary, the idea that her only purpose in life hasn’t been fulfilled,” the author claims. “That that had been taken away from her by the person that she loves and trusts the most is too overwhelming. So she forces herself to believe Joel.”

“Time doesn’t really heal anything. It just makes it fade. But people heal things.” says Mazin. It only causes it to fade. Yet, individuals are healers. As Joel and Ellie had been frank with one another throughout this episode, “in that moment, you understand the depth of what she means to him. And the horror of it all is why the ending has to be the way it is,”says Mazin.

The co-creator adds that there has been debate over the conclusion for more than ten years. The question at hand is: “Should Joel have done what he did? And a lot of people will say no, and a lot of people will say yes,” says Mazin. “In the end, the only thing we can be sure of is that we understand why he did it, and we understand that Ellie would not have wanted him to do it. That complexity is why The Last of Us, as a narrative is so gorgeous. It’s why it’s the most beautiful story told, in the entire genre of video games.”

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