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In “The Last of Us,web series” set in 2013, a catastrophic event unfolded across the United States, plunging the nation into chaos and despair. A mutant Cordyceps fungus outbreak wreaked havoc, transforming humans into ravenous creatures known as the “infected.” This harrowing backdrop sets the stage for the epic journey of Joel, a grieving father, and Ellie, a young girl with a secret that could change everything. Welcome to the world of “The Last of Us.”
The Last of Us - Episode Guide
1. Episode 1: When You're Lost in the Darkness
In “The Last of Us” Episode 1, titled “When You’re Lost in the Darkness” (2003), a worldwide fungal outbreak occurs, caused by mutated Cordyceps. Joel, his daughter Sarah, and brother Tommy flee their Texas home but face tragedy when Sarah is killed by a soldier. Twenty years later, Joel survives as a smuggler in a Boston quarantine zone managed by FEDRA. When Tommy goes silent in Wyoming, Joel and Tess seek help from a dealer, Robert, for a car battery, but he cheats them. Their quest for the battery leads them to the Fireflies, who request they transport Ellie, an apparently immune teenager, to the Massachusetts State House.
2. Episode 2: Infected
In “The Last of Us” Episode 2, titled “Infected,” a flashback in Jakarta, Indonesia, shows officials consulting a mycologist about an infected corpse, realizing there’s no cure. They consider bombing the city. In the present, Ellie tells Joel and Tess she’s en route west to help find a cure. Navigating through infected hordes in a history museum, they encounter “clickers” and Ellie gets bitten. Upon reaching the State House, they discover the Fireflies dead. Tess reveals her infection, but Ellie’s bite heals, proving her immunity. While under attack, Tess persuades Joel to escape with Ellie to their allies in Lincoln, Massachusetts, sacrificing herself by blowing up the building along with the infected swarm.
3. Episode 3: Long, Long Time
In “The Last of Us” Episode 3, titled “Long, Long Time,” Joel and Ellie embark on a journey to meet Bill and Frank. Along the way, Ellie witnesses evidence of government atrocities during the early pandemic days. Years later, Tess and Frank’s groups form a tentative friendship. Upon their arrival, Joel and Ellie find a heartfelt letter from Bill, expressing that protecting Frank brought purpose to his life and leaving all his supplies to Joel and Tess. Without Joel’s knowledge, Ellie takes Frank’s pistol. They continue their quest in Bill’s truck to locate Tommy.
4. Episode 4: Please Hold to My Hand
In “The Last of Us” Episode 4, titled “Please Hold to My Hand,” as Joel and Ellie travel through Missouri, they’re forced into a Kansas City detour and ambushed. Joel defeats two attackers, but a third nearly chokes him before Ellie saves him with Frank’s pistol. Joel talks to Ellie about the confrontation and returns her the pistol. Perry, Kathleen’s second-in-command, believes he’s located Henry’s hideout, but something sinister lurks beneath the building. That night, Joel and Ellie sleep in a high-rise apartment, hoping to scout an escape route in the daylight. To their surprise, they wake up to Henry and his younger brother Sam holding them at gunpoint.
5. Episode 5: Endure and Survive
In “The Last of Us” Episode 5, titled “Endure and Survive,” Henry and Sam strike a truce with Joel and Ellie. Henry suggests escaping together through underground tunnels he knows, and Joel reluctantly agrees. Henry admits to betraying Kathleen’s brother to FEDRA for Sam’s medication. Ellie and Sam bond quickly. While fleeing, they face a sniper and Joel takes him out, but he’d alerted Kathleen, who arrives with her militia. Infected, including a “bloater” and child clicker, emerge, leading to chaos. Henry sacrifices himself after Sam is bitten, leaving Joel and Ellie to continue their journey west.
6. Episode 6: Kin
In “The Last of Us” Episode 6, titled “Kin,” Joel and Ellie arrive in Jackson, Wyoming, reconnecting with Tommy and Maria. Joel confides in Tommy about Ellie’s immunity, leading to a plan to take her to the Fireflies. Ellie overhears and confronts Joel. They later set out to find the Fireflies in Colorado, but face a raider attack, resulting in Joel’s injury and a precarious situation.
7. Episode 7: Left Behind
In “The Last of Us” Episode 7, titled “Left Behind,” Ellie tends to Joel’s injuries while recalling her past with her friend Riley. They reminisce about their time in military school, their reunion, and their decision to stay together after being bitten by an infected. In the present, Ellie skillfully stitches Joel’s wound.
8. Episode 8: When We Are in Need
In “The Last of Us” Episode 8, titled “When We Are in Need,” Ellie leaves Joel to hunt. She encounters David and James, trading deer for penicillin. David reveals the attacker was from his group, prompting Ellie to rush back to Joel. David’s men pursue her, leading to her capture. Joel awakens, interrogates the men, and rescues Ellie, who kills David in self-defense. They find solace after the ordeal.
9. Episode 9: Look for the Light
In “The Last of Us” Episode 9, titled “Look for the Light,” a flashback reveals Ellie’s mother, Anna, being bitten while giving birth. Marlene takes Ellie and euthanizes Anna as she requested. In the present, Joel tells Ellie about his past, and she’s captured by Fireflies. Joel rescues her from a hospital where they planned to extract a cure. On their way to Jackson, Ellie questions him, and he reassures her with a lie.
Conclusion: A Story of Love, Loss, and Unbreakable Bonds
The Last of Us is a hauntingly beautiful tale of survival, sacrifice, and the enduring power of human connection. Joel and Ellie’s journey, filled with heartache and hope, is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit in the face of overwhelming adversity. This masterpiece stands as a testament to the emotional depth, with its unforgettable characters and a world ravaged by the Cordyceps fungus outbreak. It’s a testament to the enduring human spirit, even in the darkest of times.