The Last of Us' Final Hours: The Generation's Perfect Ending

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Posted 7:13pm on Fri 21 June 2013
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The Last of Us' Final Hours: The Generation's Perfect Ending
The ending of The Last of Us not only wraps up Naughty Dog's latest perfectly, but it is a fine send off to the generation as a whole. Spoilers within.

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Posted 7:13pm on Fri 21 June 2013
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I don't even think it's as black or white as Ellie knowing or not, I don't even think she knows if she believes Joel or not. Also, I read the ending slightly differently. I didn't see it as Joel not be able to come to terms with Sarah's death, during that astoundingly lovely bit with the giraffes he quite candidly talks to Ellie about it. He just wouldn't be able to cope with it again, regardless of the greater good. If she was gone he'd no longer have anything to fight for.
Posted 7:14pm on Fri 21 June 2013
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I finished the game today and I must say, I am really impressed. In the beginning I was shown the quarantine zone, the army and overall how *****ty things are. Based on that I expected the ending to be somehow a really epic setpiece that would blow my mind.
About 2/3 through the game I realized that's not the case.

The story isn't about the whole humankind, it isn't about the cure, it's about Joel...and Ellie. The ending was so shocking and at the same time just perfect.
After the credits rolled, I couldn't get it out of my head and still I'm looking at articles like these.

From the beginning of the "hospital section" my mind was racing as I tried to decide what I would do, or what Joel would do. Save the girl, or save everyone else (potentially)? Then, BAM, right at the end Ellie told her story and asked something like "when is it going to be my turn" I realized that this girl would've happily sacrificed herself for the good of everyone else, and that somehow took out the whole "good" purpose of Joel's actions.
Posted 7:53pm on Fri 21 June 2013
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The tale is one of those that is so beautifully written that a number of different interpretations to its conclusion can be equally justifiable. I think that Ellie does know that Joel is lying but due to her previously mentioned fear of being alone, as well as Joel being the only person left that she cares about that hasn't left her yet, she is willing to deny the truth so she can live her life with a true connection with someone she loves. Both her and Joel are willing to sacrifice the whole of mankind for their relationship, and their relationship is now the reason that both of them will strive to survive in this world.
Posted 8:04pm on Fri 21 June 2013
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There's some discussion of the last line here http://www.edge-online.com/features/...ers-be-damned/

The actresses interpretation was that Ellie knows Joel is lying, although I wouldn't say "she has no choice but to accept it" I think she just doesn't mind. I think she's disappointed that he feels the need to lie to her but also understands that he might have his reasons for doing so.

I wasn't sure about the ending first, but the more I've thought about it, the more I like it. I wasn't comfortable playing through that last sequence because for the first time in the game, I didn't want to be killing these people; I didn't think they deserved it. But now I think I was supposed to be feeling that way, so I respect it a lot more for that. The more I played the more it seemed inevitable that one of them would die at the end so I'm happy that it went a route I didn't predict.

I would also say, even though it doesn't justify Joel's actions, I don't know how much you can really trust the fireflies and we don't really know if sacrificing Ellie would have saved mankind anyway. Even with a vaccine that makes people immune to bites and spores, it's still not going to make you immune to a clicker eating your face off. Also do we even know if the fireflies would have shared this immunity with the world? They might have just kept it to themselves, from what the game shows us; they don't come across as the noblest of people to me. Even though Ellie probably would have willingly sacrificed herself, it's messed up that they don't even give her a choice in the matter.

It also might not have been that easy to replicate the vaccine so that everyone in the world could have it anyway, with all that's happened, would mankind still even be able to rebuild things after that? It still wouldn't necessarily solve everything.

And the strange thing is, even though I wouldn't have done what Joel did, I do feel happier knowing both those characters are alive than I would have done if one of them had died but the world was saved.

Hmm I didn’t mean to make a post this long when I started writing it.
Posted 8:17pm on Fri 21 June 2013
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I took it as she knew he was lying but had finally found someone she had connected with (her confession to Sam of having fears of being alone). I had expected it to go down the lines of the "Children of Men" ending; for which I'm glad it didn't. The 'Giraffe' part of Salt Lake city is definitely my top highlight of any game for me; without it the ending wouldn't mean half as much. I appreciated how it gave you control of Ellie again for the final scene so you judged Joel from her perspective and the choice he made plagued my mind to such an extent that I couldn't get to sleep afterwards. I also thought it was clever of them to avoid putting Ellie in a situation of having to shoot another human after the David predicament/trauma and her stating "Everything I've done can't be for nothing" (to avoid the criticism that Tomb Raider had).
Posted 8:42pm on Fri 21 June 2013
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There's some discussion of the last line here http://www.edge-online.com/features/...ers-be-damned/

The actresses interpretation was that Ellie knows Joel is lying, although I wouldn't say "she has no choice but to accept it" I think she just doesn't mind. I think she's disappointed that he feels the need to lie to her but also understands that he might have his reasons for doing so.

I wasn't sure about the ending first, but the more I've thought about it, the more I like it. I wasn't comfortable playing through that last sequence because for the first time in the game, I didn't want to be killing these people; I didn't think they deserved it. But now I think I was supposed to be feeling that way, so I respect it a lot more for that. The more I played the more it seemed inevitable that one of them would die at the end so I'm happy that it went a route I didn't predict.

I would also say, even though it doesn't justify Joel's actions, I don't know how much you can really trust the fireflies and we don't really know if sacrificing Ellie would have saved mankind anyway. Even with a vaccine that makes people immune to bites and spores, it's still not going to make you immune to a clicker eating your face off. Also do we even know if the fireflies would have shared this immunity with the world? They might have just kept it to themselves, from what the game shows us; they don't come across as the noblest of people to me. Even though Ellie probably would have willingly sacrificed herself, it's messed up that they don't even give her a choice in the matter.

It also might not have been that easy to replicate the vaccine so that everyone in the world could have it anyway, with all that's happened, would mankind still even be able to rebuild things after that? It still wouldn't necessarily solve everything.

And the strange thing is, even though I wouldn't have done what Joel did, I do feel happier knowing both those characters are alive than I would have done if one of them had died but the world was saved.

Hmm I didn’t mean to make a post this long when I started writing it.

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To your point about should Joel trust the Fireflies to begin with; it never really delves into why Tommy left the Fireflies; he's probably the most morally sound character you come across, so why would he feel it necessary to leave the perceived 'good guys'.
Posted 11:51pm on Sun 23 June 2013
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I have mixed feelings on the ending, but I can say that Joel did the wrong thing, if only because, even if things work out of them at the dam (or wherever they moved to, if they did move that is) eventually he will die, and then Ellie will be alone. Which is something she clearly didn't want.
Posted 12:30pm on Mon 24 June 2013
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Superb ending to a superb game. Never have I felt so engaged, so moved, and so utterly immersed in a video game in my 25 years of gaming.....except perhaps Horace Goes Skiing, I mean come on, that was legendary!

As a father, I really identified with what Joel was going through, and I was actually glad the decision was taken out of my hands. I thought about the ending for a good hour or so in bed last night...what would I have done? Surely I'd have done the "right" thing and sacrificed one to save many...but actually if I was there, and it was my daughter (or daughter figure in Joel's case), would I? Would I?...damn who knows.
Posted 6:20pm on Tue 25 June 2013
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It's funny that a lot of comments I've read suggest people reallyidentified with Joel at the end, and felt justified in killing the fireflies. But what they can't abide is that he lied to Ellie.
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