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THE LAST OF US Ending Explained: Was Joel Right Or Wrong? 

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THE LAST OF US Ending Explained: Was Joel Right Or Wrong. In this video, we break down Joel's tough decision and whether we think he was right or wrong in what he decided to do. Marlene wanted to create the vaccine to potentially cure the infection, but in doing so revealed it would be at the cost of Ellie's life. Joel stepped in and took matters into his own hands, also lying about the events to Ellie, do you think he was right or wrong, what would you have done? let's get into it.
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Alright so The Last Of Us comes with an ending that I think will stick with everyone long after they experience it. Whether you watched the events play out in the game or show I think that it leaves a lasting impression due to the situation that the two protagonists find themselves in.
Towards the end of the story Joel finally reaches the fireflies with Ellie but he discovers that in order to make a vaccine that Ellie has to die. Joel is someone who lost his daughter and rather than going through the pain of this again he decides to murder all of the fireflies and take her back to his brother in Jackson.
Joel lies to her about what really happened and he makes Ellie believe that everything was all for nothing.
Well not for nothing as he now has a surrogate daughter and she has the father figure that she's always wanted in her life. He tells her in the show that raiders arrived at the hospital and though he leaves out this detail in the game he makes her believe that they've given up on finding a cure.
The game and show close out on the exact same scene with Ellie asking Joel to swear that everything he's said is true.
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Now, was Joel right or wrong?
Well firstly I think we have to discuss the two sides of the argument and how Marlene and Joel are actually pretty similar.
Both were tasked with guarding Ellie and they made a promise to protect her. Both knew that she was immune and both were told that there was a way to manufacture a cure from her.
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@heavyspoilers
@heavyspoilers 11 aylar önce
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@bryanheilman4376
@bryanheilman4376 11 aylar önce
I'm up in the air about it. He was saving Ellie and I don't know if I trust the Fireflies. But if the vaccine is real and could of saved humanity than he was wrong.
@colpul2103
@colpul2103 11 aylar önce
Here's the thing that makes me 100% side with Joel: Ellie wouldn't be dying for a cure, she would have been killed for the CHANCE at a cure. It wasn't Eillie = vaccine, it was Eillie = MAYBE a vaccine. And that chance seems from what the show told us to be vanishingly small. And, they gave Joel no reason to believe it was more than a shot in the dark. The Doctor is just a doctor, not specialist or researcher who'd been studying this type of thing, just a doctor. The opening of the series remember? "And, there are no treatments for this. No preventatives, no cures. They don't exist. It is not even possible to make them." Yet a Family Med doctor with decades old equipment and no support academically technically knows how to get the cure? They are so sure they need to put her down with in hours of her arriving. They don't want to study her? Maybe run some blood work, giver an MRI, CT scan... or test a sample of the fungus from her? They are only speculating on a hypothisis why Ellie is immune (actually asymptomatic)? Maybe it isn't a chemical, maybe it's in her genes. Maybe it is the strain she’s infected with like having had cowpox makes you immune to smallpox. Maybe the cure lies in her antigens, maybe a biopsy of her cortex would be enough, or a spinal tap to examine the chemicals and see if they can be synthetically produced.... If they have the capacity to get a cure from a dead Ellie they should also the capacity to get a cure from an alive Ellie. But they don't even have the facilities or expertise to examine or test so they are just throwing a dart blindfolded from a merry-go-round in a pitch black room not knowing if there's even a dart board there. And by going ahead with this they lose any future chance that they could actually find a cure from experiments with Ellie’s resistance.
@Kelticfury
@Kelticfury 11 aylar önce
Joel wasn't right, but I would have done the exact same thing.
@OneMore1UP
@OneMore1UP 11 aylar önce
Another thing about Ellies choice, if it was you that was Ellie...should you have really make the choice to end your life to "potentially" save the human race...
@jcaashby3
@jcaashby3 11 aylar önce
From what we see in the show the infected are not even a threat. Its starvation, exposure and raiders are the bigger threat. Being free from the virus seems LOW on the totem pole.
@paulpach
@paulpach 11 aylar önce
I think there is an important fact about Marlene: She never asked Ellie. Ellie would have said yes, but Marlene didn't know that. Ellie did not owe humanity anything. So Marlene was also in the wrong. The choice did not belong to her. Her action, no matter how noble the cause, was still murder.
@hydrangeadragon
@hydrangeadragon 11 aylar önce
Ellie is a minor, is seriously traumatized and has tremendous survivors guilt, she's not able to give legitimate consent to any such a thing
@paulpach
@paulpach 11 aylar önce
@@hydrangeadragon I agree with all that. However Marlene is not her parent or guardian, and her parents are not around to ask them. Quite the opposite, her mother explicitly told her to protect Ellie. So either way, Marlene had no right to make that decision for her.
@JBR1704
@JBR1704 11 aylar önce
​@@paulpach technically she is her guardian, Ellie's mom gave her to Marlene before she died
@breburke7286
@breburke7286 11 aylar önce
​@@paulpach If her mother explicitly told Marlene to protect her doesn't that technically make her Ellie's guardian?
@imeshumayanga7967
@imeshumayanga7967 11 aylar önce
@@breburke7286 And her guardian’s decision is to kill her without consent? Her mother would agree that Joel is the better guardian.
@morimo11
@morimo11 11 aylar önce
If Marlene wasn’t in such a rush to get Ellie into surgery it may have ended differently. If Joel had been able to see Ellie and ask her if she was willing to die, he may have let it happen. Maybe not, but we believe Ellie would say yes and Joel respects Ellie, and I think he would have respected her choice.
@Dick-Phallus
@Dick-Phallus 11 aylar önce
Even if he wouldn’t respect her choice, can we really blame him? NO, but it would make so much more sense with part two.
@morimo11
@morimo11 11 aylar önce
@@NH-pi5dw when did I ever say that I thought it would work? I’m saying Marlene could have probably prevented Joel from killing everyone by either asking Ellie, letting Joel see her, or both,
@morimo11
@morimo11 11 aylar önce
@@NH-pi5dw wtf are you even talking about? You’re awful arrogant for someone with such poor reading comprehension. Sure if I’m ever in a post apocalyptic situation I’ll be sure to reference your ridiculous commentary.🙄
@mrx-od3ji
@mrx-od3ji 10 aylar önce
@@morimo11 yes joei did the right thing i would have did the same thing to save her i would have killed all the flyflies.
@TheNeon42
@TheNeon42 10 aylar önce
@morimo - Thank you for bringing this up. It drives me crazy how this is not mentioned enough. The Fireflies did not treat Joel with enough respect, nor Ellie for that matter. Considering that they traveled so far on their own, the original meet up spot was littered with dead fireflies, Tess is not with Joel and Ellie, and that the fireflies wanted to kill Joel instead of honor their deal. If this story was made in the 1990's then perhaps, Joel and Ellie would have been able to say their goodbyes to each other and the story would have ended bitter-sweet. But Noooo! they thought they could push Joel around and that's exactly what they got because of it. Sir you get a 👍from me!
@sethmorales1519
@sethmorales1519 11 aylar önce
I lost my 6 week old son in a car accident in 2020 and I can really relate to Joel’s decision, I just had a son last year and I treat this child completely different now, I should probably not be so protective of him but I can’t go through that ever again
@sethmorales1519
@sethmorales1519 11 aylar önce
@@ThirstyCowboy thank you
@robertol.pineda7891
@robertol.pineda7891 11 aylar önce
I'm sorry. Wish you and your son a happy life.
@Gamernlte
@Gamernlte 11 aylar önce
im sorry for your loss
@pchiethegreat1
@pchiethegreat1 11 aylar önce
Sorry for the loss, brother.
@dimis2140
@dimis2140 11 aylar önce
Sorry for your loss!
@jakemeyer8188
@jakemeyer8188 11 aylar önce
One thing is certain. If I were Marlene, I definitely would have waited until after the deed was done before telling Joel. I get why she thought Joel would understand, but her fatal mistake was not knowing about his daughter.
@markdelavega4953
@markdelavega4953 11 aylar önce
Bro..In part 2, they show what really happen before Marlene tell Joel that Ellie will die..I highly suggest you search it on youtube... ..Apparently, Dr. Jerry Anderson don't want Marlene to tell Joel that the operation will kill Ellie, but Marlene insist that Joel has the right to know cause he risk his life to take Ellie to them...They also show that Marlene don't want to sacrifice Ellie, She tell Dr. Anderson, "If that was Abby, your daughter, would you still do it???" At first, I thought Joel's decision to finish Marlene is the right thing to do...After watching part 2, I realized Marlene was honest whenshe tells Joel that the firefly won't pursue Ellie anymore that is why Joel should show mercy on her...
@thompsjf1
@thompsjf1 11 aylar önce
Well Written
@Gadget-Walkmen
@Gadget-Walkmen 11 aylar önce
It's not just "not knowing about his daughter", it's just that Marlene COULDN'T have known how much time joel and ellie spent with each other and how much they bonded along the way. That simple.
@thesundayshooter7763
@thesundayshooter7763 11 aylar önce
@@markdelavega4953 That's a retcon, doesn't count ツ
@markdelavega4953
@markdelavega4953 11 aylar önce
@@thesundayshooter7763 Most people count retcons, including me..If you don't, that's fine with me...Beside I don't consider it as a retcon cause I don't find any inconsistency about that plot and I always think that delaying the showing of Marlene and Dr. Anderson's conversation is part of plan cause it will make the players symphatize to Joel even more and it work tremendously that most players closed their mind about the beauty of Part 2 coz IMO Part 2 is better than part 1...I might be alone in that opinion so please don't crucify me because of that :)
@carliemccoy7659
@carliemccoy7659 11 aylar önce
I feel ellie wasn't expecting to die she said she would follow him anywhere and Marlene didn't say it was for sure that this would actually work as a vaccine
@Cliohna
@Cliohna 11 aylar önce
That's exactly it. She didn't know she might die. Although she says in episode 9: "After all we've been through, everything I've done. It can't be for nothing." She also says: "When we're done, we'll go wherever you want. Tommy's, sheep ranch, the moon. I'll follow you anywhere you go." Clearly indicating she expects to survive anything the Fireflies do to her for the cure. When she says "There's no half way with this. We finish what we started." She was talking about getting her to the Fireflies. At first it was just to the ones outside of Boston. That was the mission. They already went above and beyond if you think about it.
@emperorpalpatine6239
@emperorpalpatine6239 11 aylar önce
The show literally implied that the vaccine would work…
@jacobgonzalez2002
@jacobgonzalez2002 11 aylar önce
@@emperorpalpatine6239 Proof?
@noneofyourbusiness4294
@@emperorpalpatine6239 literally the opposite. Right at the beginning they were talking about how fungal infections would be much worse than a virus. And that tracks. In the real world, things kept going and we still don't have a vaccine against any fungal infection. Neither harmless but annoying ones, nor actually dangerous ones. In the TLOU universe, things stood still for literal decades, Ellie has a unique condition as far as anyone knows, and somehow some random Firefly "scientist" has the answer without being able to do any research? It's the Fireflies saying "dude, trust me" and nothing else.
@emperorpalpatine6239
@emperorpalpatine6239 11 aylar önce
@@jacobgonzalez2002 It’s literally said in the show. Hell, even the writers said so.
@s0nicx399
@s0nicx399 11 aylar önce
I think something that the games also show a lot better is Marlene's character in terms of her "leadership". The point that Marlene/the fireflies would just hand out the cure (and there's another rabbit hole of questions to go there but lets assume it works), is completely divorced from reality. In the games its made very clean through the audio logs that Marlene is way more power hungry than she lets on and would anything to keep herself on top. Tommy hinted at this at the Dam when talking about why he left them.
@lucyandecember2843
@lucyandecember2843 11 aylar önce
o.o
@danielsalas1064
@danielsalas1064 11 aylar önce
Great input
@tcwhiting
@tcwhiting 11 aylar önce
Joel is the true definition of a “renegade” he’s willing to unspeakable things for those he cares for.. showing an enormous amount of love ❤️ while at the same time is completely heartless … the complexities are fascinating
@IanMSantos
@IanMSantos 11 aylar önce
I lost my Brother in 2009, when he was 25. To this day, every day since, I’ve felt that loss. My Mom did, too. I feel like I can relate to Joel’s long lasting grief, and think it was portrayed so well in the show.
@edwardnygma5549
@edwardnygma5549 11 aylar önce
Im sorry for your loss
@IanMSantos
@IanMSantos 11 aylar önce
@@edwardnygma5549 Thank you. I appreciate this.
@keypeng4164
@keypeng4164 11 aylar önce
only a democrat liberal brandon supporter would virtue signal like this. makes sense you would be that selfish. MAGA Trump train in the house LET'S GO BRANDON
@Yolduranduran
@Yolduranduran 10 aylar önce
Sorry fpr thw loss of your brother. I agree that the portrayal of grief was well done.
@Yoriichi_Sengoku
@Yoriichi_Sengoku 11 aylar önce
This was a "crime of passion" for me. I think one key point that people don't mention is the fact that Marlene said she understands but Joel on his knees said "Please...You don't understand" Marlene didn't understand this Joel that has found and felt love once again.
@mrx-od3ji
@mrx-od3ji 10 aylar önce
yes joei did the right thing i would have did the same thing to save her i would have killed all the flyflies.
@KingOfWinter
@KingOfWinter 11 aylar önce
When Marlene said “what would Ellie want” I laughed. If I was Joel I would’ve said “idk and you don’t either because you didn’t ask her.” The hypocrisy of the fireflies is enough for me to agree with what Joel did on it’s own. Then add in no one even knows if the surgery or cure will even work and the sneaky, knife in the back, way the went about everything they did and I don’t blame Joel at all.
@Easymoney9864
@Easymoney9864 11 aylar önce
@@DanFarrell98 do you think if Riley was alive she still would’ve wanted to do it
@jacobgonzalez2002
@jacobgonzalez2002 11 aylar önce
@@DanFarrell98 How would you know?
@evanjuleen
@evanjuleen 11 aylar önce
I fully believe they wouldn't have found a cure and it would have been for nothing....
@Chef_JRod
@Chef_JRod 11 aylar önce
​@@DanFarrell98 doesnt matter what anyone thinks. They never asked and Ellie never got a chance to decide. That alone would be good enough reason to not go through with it.
@HighPhoenix1754
@HighPhoenix1754 2 aylar önce
To add to that... they went back on Joel's payment. They were going to exile him. None of his equipment, and none of the guns and supplies that he was promised. The same woman that made the deal with him. Btw.
@chazfromtheburg
@chazfromtheburg 11 aylar önce
Here's another question: would Abby's dad have been so willing to sacrifice her life for a potential cure?
@OMGACKT24
@OMGACKT24 11 aylar önce
I don't believe that he would. Marlene asks him twice in the flashback from TLOU2 if he would make the same decision with Abby and he never answers her.
@cleigh113
@cleigh113 11 aylar önce
good point to ponder
@JK-kb3cr
@JK-kb3cr 11 aylar önce
No. He also decides to pull a scalpel on Joel instead of getting out of his way, even though Joel has a gun. How insane is this guy about cutting up Ellie? He's a doctor! What sort of doctor kills patients?
@adtastic1533
@adtastic1533 11 aylar önce
What kinda Dr operates on someone without consent?
@daddyGbaby
@daddyGbaby 11 aylar önce
@@adtastic1533 the kind that got consent from her guardian.
@davidruiz2474
@davidruiz2474 11 aylar önce
Joel essentially made the same decision that Ellie's mom made when Ellie's mom told Marlene about cutting the cord after she was bit....she lied to save Ellie's life the same way Joel did. It shows us what we as parents will do to save our kids
@alastairclarke
@alastairclarke 11 aylar önce
Well said.
@Twistedwolf-ru2qk
@Twistedwolf-ru2qk 11 aylar önce
I just don't understand why He did'nt just tell her what they were going to do? I mean they put her under and were not goin to give her a choice or tell her. We don't know 100% if the cure would even work.
@samlipper3803
@samlipper3803 11 aylar önce
@@Twistedwolf-ru2qk ellie was willing to die for the cure
@odizza1688
@odizza1688 11 aylar önce
DEEP
@odizza1688
@odizza1688 11 aylar önce
​@@Twistedwolf-ru2qk you should be asking that question of Marlene. Ellie would've made the sacrifice willingly but not without letting Joel know her decision. Joel would've respected it Marlene ruined EVERYTHING with her approach. Marlene just proves the modern woman isn't built for the apocalypse 😂😂😂
@Okijuben
@Okijuben 11 aylar önce
The biggest flaw in this part of the story was how quickly the doctor landed on 'we gotta kill her.' A proper brain surgeon could take a sample of the cordyceps from the immune host's brain without killing them. If you only have one sample source for this benign type of cordyceps, you would want to preserve the host body as long as possible. I would think you'd run trials with the first replicated samples, in-vitro and in-vivo testing in animals which were known to carry the harmful cordyceps first, then on humans who were either just infected or terminal patients who were willing to volunteer to be infected. But you'd keep Ellie alive until you figured it out, right? You've waited 20+ years for this. Killing her would be a last resort and only after months upon months of alternative failures. This leads me to believe they were going to fail to produce a cure from the outset. Joel, as a father, did the right thing. His only mistake, which we know he will pay dearly for, was lying to Ellie afterward.
@daddyGbaby
@daddyGbaby 11 aylar önce
I'm guess they didn't have right tool to ensure ellie was stable during the procedure.
@SecretGrim6997
@SecretGrim6997 11 aylar önce
Ellie saved humanity, Joel's humanity, which in turn made Joel save Ellie.
@bigolomofe415
@bigolomofe415 11 aylar önce
that is just a messed up twist lol
@miko67
@miko67 10 aylar önce
and murdered everyone in the process. the end didn't justify the means.
@hardcorevictor2552
@hardcorevictor2552 3 aylar önce
@miki67 well… let’s say that to the group of so called « saviors of the world » who would willingly use children lifes as raw material ressources pretending saving many other. Sacrificing lives in order to save others is an hypocritical compromise cause you don’t value a human life ! You’ll find me misanthropic but a human race who would act this way doesn’t deserve to be saved.
@alpacain1075
@alpacain1075 11 aylar önce
Everything about resources, firefly incompetence, “the world isn’t worth saving”, the fireflies being just like FEDRA, whether or not the cure is possible, and on and on, ultimately doesn’t matter. One thing matters to Joel in that hospital, “Ellie is my daughter and if you try to kill her, I’ll kill you”
@nabsyb2610
@nabsyb2610 11 aylar önce
The last moments of Ellie’s mode and her plans for the future kinda made Joel believe that she wouldn’t want that.
@wilkimist
@wilkimist 11 aylar önce
It's rare that Joel and Ellie experience a humanity that is worth saving. Marlene and the fireflies are ready to kill Ellie after a year of not knowing she's alive or even on the way. No tests, no preparation to make a cure, no consent from Ellie that she is willing to give her life. When Marlene is telling Joel it's what Ellie wants, she knows she has no understanding of what Ellie wants and is willing to sacrifice, which is why they never asked her or told her what would happen. It's hard to say Joel didn't make the right decision when the Fireflies haven't shown to be moral actors to be trusted.
@nayetcuba
@nayetcuba 11 aylar önce
People think the procedure was guaranteed but in reality there was no guarantee they would have found a cure.
@cky7765
@cky7765 11 aylar önce
Right??
@jcaashby3
@jcaashby3 11 aylar önce
Also from the show only. Were the infected that big of a threat? The show failed to show them as a threat at every turn. So it made me feel like is a cure really needed? Sure it would be great but I could easily see the fireflies being selective who gets it and who doesnt. IF it even worked like you said.
@subodhdk
@subodhdk 11 aylar önce
Agree. “Our doctor believes that the cordyceps has grown with her” and no tests, no imaging, no confirmation of what the doctor believes to be true, no plan to use that to make a vaccine and yet they make haste to open her up.
@aweaver6895
@aweaver6895 11 aylar önce
Exactly. It looked like that "surgeon" was running a pretty half ass operation. Is he a lab tech, too? An expert in virology? Shouldn't they keep her alive for extensive research and trials? I'm with Joel.
@rieyuki
@rieyuki 11 aylar önce
@@aweaver6895 In a bigger comment here, I basically said the same things you did here, and argued that the doctor was grossly incompetent because he must have been a chiropractor. Boy was way out of his league. 😂
@fernandogarajalde4066
@fernandogarajalde4066 11 aylar önce
6:02 on this we agree; Ellie’s pause between Joel’s swearing to the lie and her “Okay” is what she was thinking through and settling for the best of both.
@lesliehardeman6212
@lesliehardeman6212 11 aylar önce
After my nephew was adopted, I avoided all kids, and never wanted to have any myself. In my 20's I had a daughter, she was a perfect little asshole, just like her dad was. He died when she was 3 so I really loved that was just like him. She's now 21 and if I had to give her up to save humanity, I'd totally do what Joel did so I'm on his side. I'd become a mass murderer for my daughter. I believe that Marlene knew Ellies mom was bit while she was still umbilically attached to Ellie, she had to have been aware that was why Ellie was immune. Knowing all that I don't understand why Marlene didn't round up some other pregnant women and have them bit right before they give birth. It's just as fuked up as Marlene letting her friends child be a lab rat/killed to find a cure...
@AdmiralTiberius
@AdmiralTiberius 11 aylar önce
Can anyone tell me what's the name of the remix that starts at 17:00 ? I know It's a remix to the original theme, 😢 but I'm unable to find it anywhere. lol Paul help !
@jonchambers724
@jonchambers724 11 aylar önce
Do you think the Fireflies would give the cure to everyone? I think they would use it as leverage against anyone who was not on their side.
@sharkmaffer467
@sharkmaffer467 11 aylar önce
Great coverage on the entire series thanks so much always looked forward to watching your videos after the episodes at work
@OMGACKT24
@OMGACKT24 11 aylar önce
Feel like so much of this could have been avoided if the Fireflies didn't just throw Ellie's consent out the window. If Joel could have been given time to see Ellie to talk about the procedure and Ellie given time to talk to him, I feel like she could have convinced him that that was what she 100% wanted to do with her life and was ready to lay down that sacrifice. While it would have still hurt to let her go, at least Joel would see that it was, in fact, her choice to go through with the brain surgery and respect that. So if we're choosing teams, I'm personally siding with Joel on this one.
@caseyhart4999
@caseyhart4999 11 aylar önce
Indeed. The fireflies demonstrated pretty conclusively that if Ellie did decline to go through with it hearing the consequences, they would have still tried to kill her anyway
@yusufraage8554
@yusufraage8554 11 aylar önce
Marlene didnt ask because she doesnt know Ellie and she could not risk the chance of being honest. If Joel were in her position he would know Ellie is a savior and would save anybody let alone the whole of humanity.
@billykorando6820
@billykorando6820 11 aylar önce
Marlene/Fireflies didn’t ask because they sacrificed too much/were too bought in on their path that they weren’t in a position to respect a “no” from Ellie.
@amidopey8804
@amidopey8804 11 aylar önce
100% agree with this… Ellie wasn’t given the opportunity to choose… her agency was taken away and that was wrong… and they (Joel/Ellie) weren’t given a chance to say goodbye…
@tracydale154
@tracydale154 11 aylar önce
I agree.
@klue8578
@klue8578 11 aylar önce
Good channel you got going on here. Seconded series will most definitely 🤞 be the period of time between 1&2 (plus some flashbacks) which will provide more Pedro time and flesh out the story to make TLOU2 more relatable. Of course, could follow suit and run GOT risks but there is an easy backstory opportunity which would be dumb to overlook given Druckman is on board…
@juliaa327
@juliaa327 11 aylar önce
I think it's a beautiful paradox: Marlene should have asked Ellie, but we only know that because we know Ellie, having watched her journey. However, if Marlene had come to know Ellie as the audience and Joel have (as a parent), would she have been able to sacrifice her? Or would she, like Joel and Anna, have decided to save Ellie?
@onikaimu
@onikaimu 11 aylar önce
Love the video. I think for me it all boils down to one thing. It is not 100% sure to work not even 50% sure to work. It might work, the Fireflies think it will work. If they said "Yes, it works. We know it works but Ellie has to die." Then Joel is in the wrong but I understand him. As it sits with me the Fireflies hope it works and is willing to kill Ellie for a chance. Then I feel Joel understands that Ellie is dying for nothing and has to save her. Stay safe and warm.
@valkyrie2307
@valkyrie2307 11 aylar önce
Paul, it's so good to hear your voice!! Did you ditch Jared? He was really dragging this channel down.
@MrChupacabra555
@MrChupacabra555 11 aylar önce
One question I have related to the 'recap' segment before the show: We hear Joel mention that most infected don't live longer than a couple of months after infection. If that's true, and its been 20 years since Breakout Day, then shouldn't the majority of the infected be dead now? In other words, no hordes of infected, just one of the occasional 10 percent that survived being infected.
@christinarusso8303
@christinarusso8303 11 aylar önce
Any parent or person that has experienced the type of loss that changes your entire life, it’s not even a question. And even if you haven’t, episode one they had that biologist from Jakarta explicitly say, there is no cure for this type of infection. If there was no hope for a cure while the world was at its best, there’s no way one team of medical professionals are engineering a vaccine in that run down hospital. This was the best version of Joel and he is the true hero IMO. These insane people were going kill the only known immune person to exist- if the vaccine fails, they destroy their only hope in finding out what or why she is or became immune. Keeping her alive, researching, reproducing her genes, is what could actually save the world.
@allegate387
@allegate387 11 aylar önce
Also didn't they say that they thought that her infection made her invisible to the cordyceps? The two bites say that's a lie, never mind if they had talked to her she could have said, "Oh yeah they chased me all the time". I think he did the right thing because all it was in the end was hope, misplaced at that.
@adrianvanleeuwen
@adrianvanleeuwen 11 aylar önce
The biologist was sort of wrong. Ellie's existence proves there is another method of bypassing one type of infection with another type of mutated infection that is less life threatening.
@ranger_savage8406
@ranger_savage8406 11 aylar önce
There were a bit of creative liberties taken in the biologist scene, we actually do have medicines that can combat fungus, not explicitly the kind that can fight something below the skin like depicted in the last of us but we do have it. In the world of the last of us iirc it's an alternate reality where fungus research was even less than our world as well.... yknow, on top of the fact they had rapidly growing fungus that somehow hyper-evolved in one generation to perfectly control humans the way it needs to basically bring all of humanity to its knees.
@snowi8650
@snowi8650 11 aylar önce
Its not a cure from cordycepts. Its that ellie has kind of "harmless" infection so the "bad" infection doesnt try to attack her. So its kind of like vaccine.
@mattgilbert7347
@mattgilbert7347 11 aylar önce
Yes. Ellie was new data that biologist did not have access to, although the logistics of manufacturing and distributing the treatment are mind-boggling. If we assume that it is possible, even a small possibility, then I would have to say that it's worth the sacrifice. Empathy is not always the best guide to making morally defensible decisions. Rationality tempered by compassion is better.
@cgprojects3770
@cgprojects3770 11 aylar önce
Somewhere in an alternate reality, Joel, Ellie and Marlene have a conversation. After intense deliberation, Ellie volunteers, no cure is found. A broken Joel walks off into the sunset and spends his life on an abandoned golf course.
@Cptkirk1315
@Cptkirk1315 11 aylar önce
Oh nah, Joel would have killed himself if that happened
@raven_in_disguise1649
Bruh I lost it at "Golf course" 🤣🤣😭🤣👌
@lucaskades
@lucaskades 11 aylar önce
Brilliant video, nice perspective from a real father, made me rethink my point of view that was stuck since the first time I've played 8 years ago. Nicely done, you chump
@MALLYGEEZ1
@MALLYGEEZ1 11 aylar önce
Joel actually didn't go against Ellie wishes. Ellie thought she was gonna live. She said after this, she would follow him anywhere. Marlene is the bad one here. She admitted she didn't give Ellie the choice. And joel couldn't make them wake Ellie to give her the choice. Because they clearly didn't care what Ellie would choose. They chose for her. They don't even know if it would work. They weren't gonna test her blood or anything else first. They essentially were gonna kill Ellie. Because she had no idea they were gonna take her brain out. That's murder. Also, what would they do with the cure if it worked. Would they hold it over people head?
@mat9h1
@mat9h1 11 aylar önce
This is completely true. I think Ellie's wishes would also consider what the decision would mean for Joe. I doubt she'd rush to be the martyr until it was clear there were no other options.
@MALLYGEEZ1
@MALLYGEEZ1 11 aylar önce
@Michael Taylor When Marlene said, I didn't tell her. I was like, is this lady crazy. Also, they're not gonna test her blood for antibiotics? Then the surgeon saying I don't know if we have enough power to finish the surgery. Really!
@chatter4427
@chatter4427 11 aylar önce
oh, they for sure could've waited in that garage, or let her choose after they left the place. but both of them didn't care about her choice tbh
@MALLYGEEZ1
@MALLYGEEZ1 11 aylar önce
@chatter There was no waiting in the garage. Why would joel trust Marlene after she didn't tell Ellie. And threatened to have him shot if he tried anything. Joel only had 1 option. Get her out of there. Marlene definitely did not care about Elie choice. Why would she honor her waking up for a choice. Joel had every reason not to trust anything Marlene said in that garbage. He doesn't know if she has more men on the way. Joel would have be killed, and Ellie brain would have been taken out.
@412Sportsz
@412Sportsz 11 aylar önce
I lost a child in August 2020, he was terminal, unfortunately. So we kind of expected it, but I am definitely more of a papa bear with my other three children as I can never go through that again. So I can definitely relate to Joel in that aspect.
@perceivedvelocity9914
@perceivedvelocity9914 11 aylar önce
A parent's purpose is to protect their child and prepare them to be an adult. Sacrificing a child for the greater good goes against every instinct that a parent has. I strongly suspect that the vast majority of parents would do exactly what Joel did if they were asked to make that choice.
@heltaku9397
@heltaku9397 11 aylar önce
Imo it isn't so much about Joel choosing wrong, it was about Marlene making bad choices regarding both Ellie and Joel. She should have either talked to both of them together about what the situation entailed and let them discuss it and come to the conclusion that it's what needed to be done and what Ellie wants, or she should've just killed them both mercifully. Ripping Ellie unceremoniously away from Joel and trying to force him to just go away and do nothing was the most disastrous choice she could have made.
@J37OVE
@J37OVE 11 aylar önce
true true and it caused him to act the way he did, ellie was ready to do it but Marlene execution of it was totally off. Not gonna lie i understand why he did what he did but i hate he did it because i love Marlene so i can say now Joel death would not be sad for me but Ellie reaction to it will probably touch me more than him actually dying, this is honestly the joel i didnt wont but whatever
@ginawolfe155
@ginawolfe155 11 aylar önce
I agree. Marlene treated Joel and Ellie as, how Joel put it in the beginning,“cargo”. She too had lost her own humanity. I keep saying this, but why was surgery the only option??? How do we know that she can’t pass on the immunity to a child??? Maybe try harvesting some eggs first.
@J37OVE
@J37OVE 11 aylar önce
@@ginawolfe155 thats even more brutal, harvesting eggs, so you want them to impregnate her it sounds like🤷🏾
@enochgraham4957
@enochgraham4957 11 aylar önce
Really good points dude. Also, sorry that other guy copied your comment. In the future, don't engage with people who do that. It just makes their plagiarized comment higher in the TRvid algorithm
@Azriel884
@Azriel884 11 aylar önce
I came here to give this comment a like since that other person copy and pasted your comment. If y'all both bots, ima feel like an idiot🤣
@BubblyinUSA2010
@BubblyinUSA2010 11 aylar önce
I think Joel was right in saving Ellie . There was a huge if when it came to a vaccine that could be made ,that would work. He loved her as a daughter and didn’t want her to die. There was no guarantee that this vaccine would work or even made! Joel needed Ellie and Ellie needed Joel. They grew to love and trust each other as family. Something they both missed. They each filled in a part of the other that was desperately needed, which is a good thing! So yes, Joel did the right thing❤
@RodCornholio
@RodCornholio 11 aylar önce
Trust is huge. When she finds out about his lie, that could be difficult to recover from. He should have said, "They were going to take your brain in the HOPE that some doctor's theory about a cure was right. It may not have worked. You aren't an adult yet, so you can't make that choice. So I did. And I killed everyone that was a threat including Marlene."
@leob3447
@leob3447 11 aylar önce
Yeah, but, then we wouldn't have a part 2 :-) But you are right - that probably would have been the best thing to say to salvage the situation.
@meowmeowthegamercat7074
You nailed it! Cheers
@gailseatonhumbert
@gailseatonhumbert 11 aylar önce
Thank you for your reactions to this story. It's pretty simple Ellie wasn't given a choice. They were going to kill her always for others benefit. Standard medical situation ethics question they have been using since after WWII and the concentration camps and medical experiments carried out on prisoners there also without consent. Joel is ethically correct and nobody knows if killing Ellie for this experiment would even work as a cure for others.
@joe3019772008
@joe3019772008 11 aylar önce
my parents always said to us kids when we were younger whenever we complained about something or talking being how grownups have it better and such, they always said one thing to us, when you become a parent, you will know and by that they meant that as a parent we have to make sacrifices all the time and the choices we have to make about everything isn't as cut and dry as kids always think it is, so, in the case of joel rescuing ellie from being cut open for this cure, my child or my adoptive child, i will give my life for them if it comes down to it. i will fight for them or die trying.
@leeroyjenkins323
@leeroyjenkins323 11 aylar önce
Let's focus on the events that happened in this episode. - Joel gave Ellie another choice to just go back to Tommy's and forget about the ~cure~ but respected Ellie's wishes to continue going on - The Fireflies, for some big brain reasons, decided to throw a grenade at them rather than just stopping them to idk escort them to the hospital???? Lmfao instead, bomb goes boom. -Joel opened up to Ellie, became vulnerable and honest. That moment together was their way of saying I love you to each other (confirmed by the showrunners in the podcast) so they obviously care for one another. Ellie as Joel's another chance to save his "daughter" and Joel as Ellie's person who will never leave or die, hence her saying she's glad Joel failed to aliven't himself. - Marlene, another smooth brain, didn't inform Ellie about the surgery. Ellie thought they're just gonna draw blood from her and it's done. Given that the Fireflies soldiers only knocked Joel out (at least that's how we're shown), couldn't they or Marlene talk to Ellie about things pre-surgery? Nope, Marlene didn't want Ellie to have autonomy. She's willing to sacrifice her best friend's daughter for a cure that's not even guaranteed to work. Remember Ellie's mom Anna telling Marlene to find someone to take care of Ellie? Marlene was never a parental figure because she's busy being a leader. When she tells Joel she understands, it's coming from a different point of view. Joel protected Ellie as his own daughter, Marlene cared for Ellie because of a promise to a friend and now, she's a potential bandaid solution to a seemingly endless problem. A cure? The doctor from the 2nd episode already said it's impossible, there's nothing like it. -Even the doctor is Jimmy Neutron Albert Einstein IQ level, him and 2 nurses can't realistically create and synthesize a cure. That hospital is dirty as shit as well. I'm sure I missed a lot but yeah. Sure as shit that "cure" won't work. Seriously, we were in a pandemic and look how long it took for them to develop vaccines, heck, the virus is not even eradicated completely. This is different from the cordyceps in the show and for sure, based on the professor that we've seen in episode 2, there's no cure for that nor will it miraculously eradicate the cordyceps all over the world.
@zizoumonk10
@zizoumonk10 11 aylar önce
Artistic licenses taken for dramatic amelioration
@pollypuffington2243
@pollypuffington2243 11 aylar önce
BINGO!! ALL THIS RIGHT HERE⬆️
@timmendoza3782
@timmendoza3782 11 aylar önce
Yes! Another point to add is that a "cure" or a "vaccine" isnt gonna fix the world or humanity. There are people like David, ravagers, slavers, cannibals, etc etc that THRIVED in the apocalypse. A cure for the cordycep infection isnt gonna change those people. All in all I would agree with Joels decision. Those motherf***ers dont deserve a cure 🤣🤣🤣
@AdwoaKaren
@AdwoaKaren 11 aylar önce
Exactly
@cky7765
@cky7765 11 aylar önce
Exactly you smart mf 👏👏👍 someone who actually knows what their talking about
@cooldawg2009
@cooldawg2009 11 aylar önce
Love this commentary, thank you
@FLTYCLKS
@FLTYCLKS 11 aylar önce
Mind blowing, thanks for that.
@leslierutledge7196
@leslierutledge7196 11 aylar önce
Omg.. “but there’s a big butt.. “ and Kim K flashes on the screen.. seriously laughed out loud!!!😂
@RaNdDom345
@RaNdDom345 11 aylar önce
The killing part was a true rage of a father
@heretics1987
@heretics1987 11 aylar önce
There was no guarantee the procedure would have resulted in a cure, and Ellie's death most likely would have been in vain. Marlene and the Fireflies were just putting all their faith in some last ditch effort to end the apocalypse, but realistically the answer is more complicated than 1 immune girl and a room with 3 medical staff. They already had a flashback earlier in the season where an expert in the field of fungai said there was no cure and subsequently informed the military to bomb an entire city; that's with a whole slew of resources and doctors that could have worked towards a cure and something the post outbreak world was very much lacking. I also find it pretty hard to believe that the Fireflies were the sole group to find someone immune. The CDC and U.S. government have way more resources than some ragtag faction and those institutions didn't just fall over night; odds are they encountered people immune to the Cordyceps and experimented on them with no success. The real moral question here is whether we take that risk to give humanity a chance at a cure or save a single life knowing there are no guarantees? I am a father of 3 and being put in Joel's situation I would have made the same choice, and accepted whatever consequences came with it.
@ramzankadyrov6035
@ramzankadyrov6035 11 aylar önce
Exactly. Father of 2 girls and 2 boys here and I would slump an entire building too to save them.
@raven_in_disguise1649
Exactly I am not even a parent myself but currently I am raising 3 of my siblings that I knew and raised since birth, I am their guardian and hist one thought of them being in danger or be put in the situation where Ellie was put just makes me turn mama bear mode and forget all the morals and humanity be doomed. These siblings are a part of me and no ones taking that away, especially humans.
@clayongunzelle9555
@clayongunzelle9555 11 aylar önce
I love the music they choose when Joel was killing the fireflies because it wasn'ta moment of triumph but one of betrayal also Ellie days she was afraid of being alone but now Joel is much more afraid of being alone than her I think...
@jonchambers724
@jonchambers724 11 aylar önce
I think it is important to note that Marlene was never a mother figure to Elle. She never cared enough about Elle to be a part of her life. She did the bare minimum that was asked if her by Elle's mother and that is consistent with her character. The only thing that mattered to her was the revolution she was trying to achieve. She would have sacrificed anyone to further her goals.
@turnerjazz7872
@turnerjazz7872 11 aylar önce
"It's beyond right or not" is dead on. Joel had two terrible options presented to him. There was no right choice available.
@TalkofN3w
@TalkofN3w 11 aylar önce
Man this was a great video. 👏🏽
@johanstenfelt1206
@johanstenfelt1206 11 aylar önce
Hm, fair and valid points and opinions, it’s truly a hard question to answer, This was a very interesting Video, you did very well with this one, good job👍🏿, i wonder what you’ll cover next, guess we’ll see.
@variable57
@variable57 11 aylar önce
There’s some connection here with what happens with Ellie, and when Kathleen tells Henry that “kids die Henry, they die all the time”. Like how much is one child worth? Or something.
@l05555
@l05555 11 aylar önce
Great point
@thesundayshooter7763
@thesundayshooter7763 11 aylar önce
Yep- last time Joel heard an argument like that, ended worse for everybody
@tomchan2559
@tomchan2559 11 aylar önce
1, Ellie's mom was immune as well but she didn't know. 2, There aren't enough infected fight scenes in the series.
@dgmilloway
@dgmilloway 11 aylar önce
1. I'm not sure that was the case. My impression was it was the result of still being tied to the umbilical when bitten. But it's certainly a possibility. 2. I sympathize, but looking at the episodes, I can't find a single one that would be made better by adding a zombie fight scene
@Ndstars1
@Ndstars1 11 aylar önce
1. Not immune. You can see the tendrils growing around the bite and she was starting to lose muscle control when Marlene found here.
@toomanymonkeys21
@toomanymonkeys21 11 aylar önce
Also bear in mind that just because there’s a chance they could find a cure in the cordyceps in Ellie, there’s no certainty. They might kill her and gain nothing.
@themanofshadows
@themanofshadows 11 aylar önce
Exactly.
@thebandit1x7
@thebandit1x7 11 aylar önce
Awesome video
@colinsmith9849
@colinsmith9849 11 aylar önce
Here are a few question for all Pedro as The Mandalorian did the exact same thing in rescuing Grogu (Baby Yoda at the time) in Series 1. The only difference here is that Grogu was held by the ‘Evil Empire’ and Mando (Pedro) killed a lot of Storm Troopers too (like we have seen many people do countless times before - plus Storm Troopers with armour seem more like robots than humans) There was literally zero outcry over this and it is pretty much the exact same scenario - rescued a child, took said child on an adventure to be dropped off at the end, people at the end wanted to do a medical experiment on the child. So my first question - none of actually know if the Firefly’s are good, bad or indifferent or what their motivations are, so we? (maybe they are not the Empire, but killing a child to see if they ‘might’ be able to do something is pretty bad) Also the Doctor at the end (who is important) didn’t want to let her leave - why did he think he knew best too?
@zights
@zights 11 aylar önce
ND: The original ending that for a long time we discussed is Ellie would believe the lie and you’d see them walking off to Tommy’s town and the camera would track up and you’d feel like, they’re going to be ok. It was about a week before we shot that scene and we thought, this isn’t honest, this doesn’t feel right, Ellie would know, I don’t buy it, we have to change this. This is an Ashley thing but no matter what the acting direction is, she’s going to nod her head and be like, ‘OK… OK’. And throughout shooting, a lot of her improvisation for Ellie involved saying, ‘ok’. And I thought, you have to end on that. Whatever it is Joel tells her, she has to just be like, ‘ok’. So Ashley, when you’d say that to Neil, you weren’t being glib, it really was a matter of trusting his direction. Is that the same feeling you wanted Ellie to communicate to Joel? AJ: That’s how I was playing it. Obviously she has a bullshit detector, she clearly knows he’s lying, but she says, alright, let’s see where this goes. ND: And it’s also like, how do you approach that? Would she start asking very detailed questions? Why would they release me before I woke up? Why wouldn’t I talk to someone before leaving? Was Marlene there? No, she would just ask the one obvious question: are you lying?
@curious4466
@curious4466 11 aylar önce
Both Joel and Marlene were wrong. They needed Ellie's honest self opinion without anybody's manipulation.
@yusufraage8554
@yusufraage8554 11 aylar önce
Ellie is a kid and an orphan only a guardian can make such decision for her and Joel is the guardian not Marlene.
@curious4466
@curious4466 11 aylar önce
@@yusufraage8554 they're heck no guardian neither Marlene or Joel. They're both betrayers of their own trust and respect. That's the sh*tty world they lived in. A mother figure who's gonna kill Ellie without her knowing and a father figure who kill her hope. They both thought her as their guiding light yet that guiding light was struggling to keep herself bright and they didn't care to lift it up but wanted that light for themselves.
@jcaashby3
@jcaashby3 11 aylar önce
Yea I felt this way for years. They both made choices for her. Both lied to her.
@P4boot
@P4boot 11 aylar önce
@@curious4466 Joel made the right decision for Ellie. Ellie hoped to save the world while still having her life (“i will go with you wherever you go”) . Fireflies was a about to murder her with uncertain chances of making the vaccine. Only wrong Joel did was lying to Ellie.
@RiceDaddy07
@RiceDaddy07 11 aylar önce
And if you were Marlene and Ellie had said no? Let's assume there was a very high chance of the cure working.
@connorhansen690
@connorhansen690 11 aylar önce
That ending makes me cry every fucking time, it’s a trigger, it’s so brilliantly beautiful
@Cecile2906
@Cecile2906 11 aylar önce
Thank you for another great and thought provoking video! Do I wish I’d think of the greater good and make the “right” decision? Of course, but the truth is, I wouldn’t sacrifice my child
@Balls4Days
@Balls4Days 11 aylar önce
Well thought out synopsis Paul - of course Joel would make this choice... I agree with you about the lack of an altruistic nature with the Fireflies, anotherwords they would skew more towards Kathlene than Marlene. I'm always impressed with your attention to detail. Nice Kim K. reference at 11:44 lol...
@izumolee6714
@izumolee6714 11 aylar önce
Marlene had poor judgement of character since she never would've thought that Joel would ever get attached to another person ever again. The Joel she meets in the Boston QZ is not the same person she meets again in Salt Lake City. Yes the old Joel would've given up on Ellie in a heartbeat & that is who Marlene thought she was dealing with. Unfortunately for her & the rest of the Fireflies, this Joel would do what any parent would do to protect their 'child'. Joel went to the extremes to do just that.
@mariejae
@mariejae 11 aylar önce
I think there will be another part of this story for Ellie. I don't think after part 2, her story is over after her last fight with Abby... maybe just that chapter of her life but as other characters of the show mentioned, she is smart and a leader... I think she will become more important than her immunity and maybe there is still a possibility of a cure when she feels it is her time.
@Cptkirk1315
@Cptkirk1315 11 aylar önce
We as the fanbase need her to go back and kill Abby, she already lost everything even tho she spared her…
@David-xy2ly
@David-xy2ly 11 aylar önce
Joel was more brutal than the punisher going through the fire fly like hot knife through butter. Fantastic episode
@silasen02
@silasen02 11 aylar önce
Yeah the Way he let go of all humanity to kill everybody trying to stop him. Crazy
@Spoonydarksydejay
@Spoonydarksydejay 11 aylar önce
That was a cool sequence indeed! But I found it a bit odd, in the TV series they express how "old" and "weak" Joel is getting. And someone like his younger brother Tommy might be more suited to look after Ellie. Yet at the end there he pretty much Jon wick soloed the entire Fireflies garrison like it was nothing. xD
@Criticalhitkoala
@Criticalhitkoala 11 aylar önce
@@Spoonydarksydejay They were probably used to zerg rushing Zombies and not someone who can take cover and shoot back who actually had the training.
@lossypooh
@lossypooh 11 aylar önce
​@@Spoonydarksydejay not really Joel had more experience remember he always was a loner, the fireflies were always in a group so their guard & experience was lower.... Eg was when they were walking Joel out he keeps stopping & none of them picked that up... Ik everything is scripted but that how the write portrayed them
@mrfun177
@mrfun177 11 aylar önce
@@Spoonydarksydejay Joel was a soldier like his brother before they were contracters before the collapse. Most of the firefly soldiers seem to be born right before the collapse or after and thus have none of the experience joel has.
@ericalbers4867
@ericalbers4867 11 aylar önce
One big thing about the cure that people misstate or misunderstand is that they only said "maybe". That *if* they can see what's given her immunity they *think* they can replicate it for a cure. That's not certainty. Also we assume Ellie would be ok with it. She's never given a choice by the Fireflies. If she were informed about the uncertainty and the fact that she would have to die.. would she do it? I don't think so. Now if there was 100% certainty (or very close to it) then maybe, even likely she would.
@wreckitrigo230
@wreckitrigo230 11 aylar önce
I like how this discussion happened years ago and is now resurfacing
@epochnoir3215
@epochnoir3215 11 aylar önce
I think it comes down to Marlene not letting them say goodbye to eachother. The rest is reactionary, and I don't think you can blame someone for how they react under extremely stressful circumstances. Just my opinion though.
@rpavangchhia8953
@rpavangchhia8953 11 aylar önce
So youll also support Alicent in House of the dragon? Because it is the same situation.
@chatter4427
@chatter4427 11 aylar önce
@@rpavangchhia8953 can you explain a little
@rpavangchhia8953
@rpavangchhia8953 11 aylar önce
@@chatter4427 joel is murdering for his child, Alicent is murdering for her children. Its the same thing.
@scarlettgrey1529
@scarlettgrey1529 11 aylar önce
@@rpavangchhia8953 difference is, ellie will actually be killed by the fireflies, Alicents kids wouldn't have been killed Rhaenrya if Alicent hadn't done everything she does
@lustrazor44
@lustrazor44 11 aylar önce
@@rpavangchhia8953 it’s not the same thing. Joel’s saving someone who is currently being murdered. Allicent is rigging a system to put her children at the top of the political system and murdering others because she thinks Rhaenyra will kill them despite having no real reason, other than Otto, to believe so. They’re not comparable.
@rynopotomas2236
@rynopotomas2236 11 aylar önce
Alot of the Last of us was shot and filmed in my city. Honestly, it's the weirdest thing seeing my old hotel i used to work for in the background in ruins and decay (LET IT ROT!). But also seeing it In a video on like every spoiler review channel on TRvid is weird, too....like imagine seeing your house in every youtubers video this week 🤣 (note the hotel in question is the light blue building in the background when ellie and joel get ambushed in the fanale "Regency suites calgary")
@GaryBook
@GaryBook 11 aylar önce
Excellent summary!
@Mythical.History
@Mythical.History 11 aylar önce
Joel was right cuz if he hadn't saved her, then we wouldn't have a season 2
@munkayttaja6913
@munkayttaja6913 11 aylar önce
We would've
@chatter4427
@chatter4427 11 aylar önce
a world with vaccines and the conflict and change that brings, playing as heartbroken Joel. would've been a better season 2
@BeHappy-mq1mo
@BeHappy-mq1mo 11 aylar önce
As a parent there was no other way! You couldn't sacrifice your child for anything!!!! No matter how many people it could have saved. Your parental, mind takes over and ask you want to do is protect your child. No matter the cost!!!
@xNAICOMx
@xNAICOMx 11 aylar önce
From an evolutionary point of view, it looks like life programmed this instinct (protect child so that it can later survives, lives and produce even more life) quite with a rare but major bug, once triggered it just deletes the hole program itself. Maybe it will be revised in the next update
@doubles1984
@doubles1984 11 aylar önce
Hey man. Nice video. I just wanted to point out Joel never knowingly went against Ellies wishes. The conversation they have about her being willing to sacrifice herself comes way after the fact. So I like the video, but you're dead wrong about that. And that's THE major pivot point for the debates over this. You really shouldn't get that wrong, it's too important.
@garrison11295
@garrison11295 11 aylar önce
I agree I have a little one now too it definitly makes us look at the world differently. For one yes it's not the same for Joel+Ellie as she's not his real daughter but at the same time if you experience real trauma and loss like that subconsciously you do not want to relive that pain. It'll make you want to do anything to avoid reliving it. I think we can find comparisons to this with our own traumas big or small(loss and rejection). Id also sprinkle in the fireflies own morality and surviviability being questionable on top of your point of manafacturing the cure. I think Marlene should've went about this differently I believe taking that choice away was the main contributing factor to this type of carnage. I think it's split down the middle personally but any parent can see why he'd have such a response.
@kevz2474
@kevz2474 11 aylar önce
Joel must have been a navy seal the way he cleared out that whole hospital. lol
@Frlja
@Frlja 11 aylar önce
Am in the wrong where, when I think that in the games it was pointed out through an audio recording that Ellie wasn't the first person being immune and that there is no guarantee that they would have been able to make a vaccine, and this fact further motivated Joel to save her?
@RockneOliver
@RockneOliver 11 aylar önce
Marlene is operating on a sense of DUTY, and also believes the ends justify the means. And she took away Ellie's agency because of this. And I agree, the Fireflies with a cure would weaponize it for control. Her sense of duty is also why she's willing to sacrifice a kid SHE raised. There's no love there. Joel is operating on a sense of LOVE. He loves Ellie as her own child. And while he took away her agency as well, it makes more sense to me - it's to protect her when she couldn't protect herself. TLDR: So yeah, I'm on team Joel. Here's why. I'm a father of five healthy, amazing adult children. And as a father I heavily relate to Joel and his feelings towards Ellie. She is, for all intents and purposes now, HIS daughter. And the love you feel for your child is so primal, so intense that it's almost frightening. Most parents I know would scorch the planet for their kids, especially when they're children. Right or wrong, you cannot ask a father to willingly sacrifice their INNOCENT child - and in this case their ONLY child, the only thing that is giving his life purpose - for any reason. Even if it's to save humanity. Is that morally defensible? Well, that's open for debate (and it's probably not, to be honest). But I understand why he made the decision he did. And to be honest, right or wrong, I would have done the same for any one of my kids.
@perceivedvelocity9914
@perceivedvelocity9914 11 aylar önce
I'm a father of three kids and I agree with you 100%. This may sound odd but.... My children are the reason why I participate in society. I couldn't sacrifice one of my children for the greater good of the society as a whole.
@asciiavatar
@asciiavatar 11 aylar önce
That Marlene 'raised' Ellie is not entirely accurate. Ellie was acquianted with Marlene, but Ellie grew up in a FEDRA orphanage. Marlene dumped her off on the very people she came to oppose. Marlene only came back into Ellie's life when Ellie had something to contribute to the cause - possible cure.
@yusufraage8554
@yusufraage8554 11 aylar önce
Marlene never raised Ellie she dumbed her at FEDRA as soon as she came to Boston.
@jcaashby3
@jcaashby3 11 aylar önce
Ellie did not even know WHO Marlene was.
@RockneOliver
@RockneOliver 11 aylar önce
@@asciiavatar - Good point.
@iamjro
@iamjro 10 aylar önce
It’s important to note, there’s no guarantee it would even work. If Marlene and the scientist could’ve been sure, then that maybe would have added another piece to help sway but the way they just rushed into doing it without explaining or seeking permission/confirmation was wrong.
@user_dnf83n0s8sg9u
@user_dnf83n0s8sg9u 9 aylar önce
They acted like complete dickheads!
@TaekookEditsSBL
@TaekookEditsSBL 11 aylar önce
I can understand both sides. When it's someone we love, it's very hard to look at the bigger picture. But also, we can't deny that every action has a reaction, and he will have to pay for his choices, the same way he made the fireflies pay for their choices. That's something TLOU forces you to understand, and you can be open to empathize and have a great experience or be petty and complain because you only care about one side of the story. I can't wait for season 2.
@SK-yz7cr
@SK-yz7cr 11 aylar önce
I love how the thumbnail of Screen Crush just has the answer for the thumbnail of this vid.
@sirrexanus
@sirrexanus 11 aylar önce
Great review. I’m a parent to two young children and the idea that Joel was the villain didn’t even cross my mind. I feel as a parent there is no choice in saving Ellie, although the methods needed some consideration ha ha
@synaesthesia2010
@synaesthesia2010 11 aylar önce
you need to remember he was a father once. after the pain of losing his daughter he lost his humanity. Ellie helped him to find it again and he came to see her as a second daughter. the prospect of losing her would have pushed him over the edge, you really can't blame him for doing what he did
@aryanbhuta3382
@aryanbhuta3382 11 aylar önce
Joel inflicted misery on millions of men, women, and children, because he couldn't bear to experience emotional pain himself. He condemned millions of fathers to lose their children, spouses to cannibalize each other, and absolute carnage, because he couldn't bear to let one person die. That's not noble. That's not right. And that's cowardice.
@akienanaskidjfjr
@akienanaskidjfjr 11 aylar önce
@@aryanbhuta3382 Funny how you would be willing to sacrifice your own flesh and blood for a chance of something good happening. And yet you call Joel a coward. The irony.
@richardbarton5910
@richardbarton5910 9 aylar önce
​@@aryanbhuta3382 coward ah what a joke a parent choose there kid over millions of people is not cowardly its called being a parent.
@raven_in_disguise1649
Exactly! And people have the audacity to say that is Joel selfish!?! Bruh blind idiots
@emmanueldeita5362
@emmanueldeita5362 11 aylar önce
I still can’t help but think Joel would have let it happen had Marlene gave him a chance to have some final moments together and todo Ellie straight up what was gonna happen instead of lying
@nick2788
@nick2788 11 aylar önce
Yeah no. He never would let that happen maralene is a fucking lunatic
@hypocritetrollbot7729
@hypocritetrollbot7729 11 aylar önce
I don’t think for a moment he would’ve let it happen even if they were able to say goodbye. Joel could not and would not allow himself to lose another “child.” If he allowed it, he was also dooming himself to self deleting successfully this time. Imagine Joel allowing it to happen and then Ellie’s sacrifice did not amount to a cure? His new life goal is to execute every firefly in existence.
@jakedutton5424
@jakedutton5424 11 aylar önce
Joel is a selfish and greedy person, there's no way he would have walked away and let her die
@jakz0110
@jakz0110 11 aylar önce
Wait….. even if they’re immune they still need to survive not getting shredded to bits so how do they fix the problem
@liferealgood
@liferealgood 11 aylar önce
It's honestly not a hard choice. You don't take the child's life. I mean you can't even guarantee killing her will result in a cure. I recall hearing this similar scenario in a Twilight Zone episode or an Outer Limits episode.
@garyfrombrooklyn
@garyfrombrooklyn 11 aylar önce
In his mind he repeated “this is the way”
@kuramahaydeeann
@kuramahaydeeann 5 aylar önce
If the table turned and your love one is at the same situation as Ellie, I would also do the same decision so yah I understand what Joel is going through.
@englandcalling9721
@englandcalling9721 11 aylar önce
Marlene's unwillingness to even ask Ellie for her permission, showed her own indifference, to the lives of others. She was willing to murder a child, because she believed Ellie, had greater value, as a dead medical experiment, than alive as a child. There is no right or wrong here, only tragedy. A truly stunning TV series.
@BuckyBarnesATL
@BuckyBarnesATL 11 aylar önce
If I was in his shoes, I would have done what he did. I couldn’t even imagine losing my kid no matter the reason. Id do any to keep them alive. Anything. Like you said Paul, I doubt they could do a cure from just her. I just don’t hope Joel’s fate isn’t the way it is in the 2nd season. Want more seasons.
@carlissaneumann8133
@carlissaneumann8133 10 aylar önce
I absolutely understand and was rooting for Joel. After everything they had been through together, and Joel had just opened his heart up again for her. It would have killed him if she died. When you love someone you would kill the whole world just to save them, and that’s exactly what he did.
@GoinGonzo
@GoinGonzo 11 aylar önce
It’s the classic train philosophy, kill a lot to keep someone close to you or kill the person close to you to spare the random lot
@meilinatalioengelmann553
Great video, but you should have a warning for spoilers for the last of us ii, since it’s the material for season 2 of the show.
@isaaclopez-eb6yg
@isaaclopez-eb6yg 11 aylar önce
I think Marlene exemplifies how a cure is not only seen as a way for humanity to live on but also as a way to go back to the way things were before the outbreak. However can humanity really go back to the way things were. I think at this point it's too late to go back. I'm pretty The raiders and those who enslave others for their gain won't want the cure because they are "content" living in a world where they are in charge. Why would they want to go back.
@JoseLopez-vp8vu
@JoseLopez-vp8vu 11 aylar önce
Next season homie going on a pga tour . FORE!!!
@mr.jeorgexiii1732
@mr.jeorgexiii1732 11 aylar önce
I always go down thinking the best way to handle this is giving Ellie the choice herself but at the same time I'm like...it's so much weight to put on a child, no matter how mature or hardened she is, is it as fair to make her decide?
@gabrielordonez8011
@gabrielordonez8011 11 aylar önce
You would let your 15 year old kid choose between dying or not dying? Pls never be parent.
@RockneOliver
@RockneOliver 11 aylar önce
It's not fair to lay that burden on a child - even one as mature as Ellie. Marlene was definitely in the wrong, in many ways.
@epiciddrwhodavid1
@epiciddrwhodavid1 11 aylar önce
She still should have the choice all the way she thought that her blood was the cure she made plans to be with Joel after it was done the for Joel they wanted him to just hand over a child to her death asking a man who 20 years ago lost his own child he wasn’t going to lose another to a what if cure
@kevinphanhvilay8552
@kevinphanhvilay8552 11 aylar önce
That's why Joel lied to her, he didn't want to put that her on.
@epiciddrwhodavid1
@epiciddrwhodavid1 11 aylar önce
@@kevinphanhvilay8552 joel didn’t lie to her because he also thought it was in the blood if he had known he wouldn’t have made plans to teach play the guitar he wouldn’t have got to close to her he he would not have taken her there in the first place
@vanallen1666
@vanallen1666 11 aylar önce
Just used the phrase for Ellie "sacrifice for the greater good" that is how human evolution proceeds to overcome the odds since the beginning of time...
@ericawillis.
@ericawillis. 11 aylar önce
In the first episode the scientist says "It's not even possible" for a cure. I think it's interesting they put that line in there
@jasonjackson33
@jasonjackson33 11 aylar önce
He didn't know someone like Ellie could exist
@jasonaugustine3370
@jasonaugustine3370 11 aylar önce
Well, it’s like vision said in avengers, infinity war We don’t trade lives, captain
@alphthaalien3399
@alphthaalien3399 5 aylar önce
Best concept for a drama, period…
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