Spoilers for The Last of Us episode 4 below!

The Last of Us developer, Neil Druckmann, just recently discussed Ellie’s weird response to her huge minute in episode 4. After resupplying at Bill (Nick Offerman) and Frank’s (Murray Bartlett) heavily-fortified substance, Joel (Pedro Pascal) and Ellie (Bella Ramsey) make their method throughout the nation to discover Tommy (Gabriel Luna) inWyoming At Kansas City, the set discover their course obstructed and take a detour through the city just to get assailed by a violent survivor group. While safeguarding Ellie, Joel is flanked by a Hunter and almost eliminated, requiring Ellie to shoot the aggressor to conserve Joel.

Upset that he required Ellie to conserve his life, Joel takes the weapon from her while the aggressor pleads for his life to be spared.

Where some might have anticipated Ellie to be the voice of morality and need Joel to spare the male’s life, she rather complies with Joel’s directions to support the damaged wall while he ends the aggressor’s life. Speaking with Troy Baker on HBO’s The Last of Us Podcast, Druckmann breaks down Ellie’s odd response to the destructive minute. Read what Druckmann stated below:

And it’s intriguing, both characters– we had a great deal of discussions about what this minute suggests and what ought to their responses be and they ought to be reassuring each other. They simply endured this thing, and rather Ellie is feeling afraid and embarassment. She’s ready to weep. It troubles her more that she will weep than what Joel’s ready to do to this male. Often in this category, a character like Ellie would signify the innocence that still exists in this world. This minute, when they man is pleading for his life, Ellie would be arguing on that man’s behalf like, “What if we left him alone? What if we save him?” And she does none of that. She comprehends what requires to take place, and she leaves and lets it take place. Her believed procedure is, “I feel sad for him so I must be weak.”

How Ellie’s Actions Affect Her Going Forward

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Since The Last of Us episode 1, Ellie’s response to violence has actually shown that maturing in a post-apocalyptic world has actually had a severe result on her. This is right away apparent by her awestruck response to Joel mercilessly beating a FEDRA soldier to death with his bare hands when they were captured leaving theBoston Quarantine Zone Episode 3 saw Ellie enjoy the liberty to cut and eliminate an incapacitated contaminated she experienced in a basement bunker, more showing her fascination with violence.

When confronted with eliminating a genuine individual, specifically one advocating his life, Ellie thought twice, as any practical individual would. However, rather of bargaining with Joel for the male’s life, Druckmann describes that Ellie holds a sense of desire to be like Joel and wishes to have the capability to take violent action when the time comes. As Ellie’s journey continues, she will likely get her possibility to show herself once again.

The Last of Us episode 5 trailer teases Joel and Ellie’s tense escape from Kansas City as Kathleen (Melanie Lynskey) leads her Hunter group in a look for Henry (Lamar Johnson) and Sam (Keivonn Montreal Woodard), the 2 survivors who shocked Ellie and Joel at the end of the episode. The trailer programs Ellie utilizing her handgun once again versus her pursuers who more than most likely desire her dead. With The Last of Us episode 5 getting here 2 days previously on Friday, audiences do not need to wait long to see how Ellie’s viewed failure impacts how she handles the Hunters.

Source: HBO Max