The cliffhanger in The Last of Us episode 6 has viewers on edge. Joel (Pedro Pascal) and Ellie (Bella Ramsey) travel to Wyoming three months after the terrible deaths of Henry (Lamar Johnson) and Sam (Keivonn Woodard) in Kansas City to discover Tommy (Gabriel Luna) living in a fully functional community.
Joel returns Ellie to the Fireflies’ camp in Colorado after briefly visiting Jackson. There, the two come upon a small vicious gang of raiders who seriously hurt Joel.
Although Joel and Ellie escaped the Firefly stronghold alive, The Last of Us episode 6 ends with Joel falling from his horse unconscious, leaving Ellie with the entire burden of protector as Joel nears death. Following the cliffhanger, followers took to social media to express their outrage at the survivors’ predicament. Here are some of their comments:
How HBO’s The Last of Us Modified Joel’s Injury
Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann, the show’s creators, consistently told fans in the lead-up to the series premiere that the adaptation would honour the original video game, retaining the popular story’s fundamental narrative beats while adapting some components for the new medium.
Episode 6 recreates key scenes from the game, including Joel’s reunion with Tommy in Wyoming. Even though the episode shifts the location of their moment to the fully functional settlement of Jackson, Wyoming, the attack on Joel and Ellie is radically different in the end.
Joel and Ellie arrive at the University of Eastern Colorado to find it deserted, similar to the video game The Last of Us. They search the campus for proof of the Fireflies and the location of another base, but there are no survivors. The episode deviates from the source material when Joel and Ellie observe the incoming intruders.
He lands on rubble and is pierced by a rebar fragment. Ellie then encourages Joel to continue, guiding him back to the horse while shooting many incoming raiders.
The game’s ending sequence is similar to The Last of Us episode 6, with Joel falling from his horse and Ellie needing to employ the abilities Joel taught her to keep them both alive.