Joel Completely Broke Ellie Down in ‘The Last of Us’ Finale—For the Better

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The morally ambiguous ending of The Last of Us’ first season will surely divide viewers. It’s impossible not to feel conflicted by the outcome of its events, both for viewers and for our heroes.

However, if there is one thing that is crystal-clear by the time the credits roll, it’s that Joel (Pedro Pascal) sabotaged Ellie’s (Bella Ramsey) entire sense of self with one huge lie. But that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In fact, it’s an important decision that sets the stage for the next phase of Ellie’s character development.

(Warning: Spoilers ahead for the season finale of The Last of Us!)

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