The Last of Us Post Mortems
Finished The Last of Us today, so naturally I scoured the web for some explanations and interpretations of the ending.
Edge Post Mortem
And my own impressions into the ending just after finishing the game:
The ending was a bit of a thinker for me. On the surface it portrays Joel’s act as selfish and completely inconsiderate of the needs or desires of others. Thinking back to the start of the game before the pandemic, Joel isn’t in the best of places. From the phone conversation he has, we find out he may be having some money/work troubles. I got the impression that his daughter may have been the only thing keeping him happy and in a comfortable state but this is based from very little information provided.
In the final section of the game, Joel becomes more talkative, opening up to Ellie about his past and generally becomes the more chatty of the two. Where Ellie is uncertain of their future and what will happen when they get to the hospital, Joel is making plans of what he and Ellie will do afterwards, (Teach her how to swim, how to play guitar, etc.). I feel Joel re-enters his comfort zone and becomes completely oblivious to his environment, most noted when he tells Ellie that they don’t have to go to the hospital. But this time, he’ll be more prepared to do what he can to stay in it. His personality has never extended towards being concerned for others. He needs Ellie to survive, even if that means prolonging the pandemic.
I think the theme of “Incidents happening for a reason” has some effect on Joel’s irrational actions and what this theme means to both Ellie and Joel, but that’s for another badly phrased essay :P