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REVIEW | THE LAST OF US: SEASON 1 EPISODE 5 "ENDURE AND SURVIVE"

You can't deny the brilliance of the bloater ripping someone in half and the terrifying scene in the car. The Last of Us continues to impress from week to week.
WRITTEN BY ELLIOT LINES / FEBRUARY 15, 2023

After spending the last episode setting the scene in Kansas City, this episode dives deeper into exactly what happened in the city with the overpowering of FEDRA. We are also introduced to new characters Henry and Sam, who join Joel and Ellie on trying to escape the city as both are wanted by the rebels.


The episode provides us with added depth to already established characters and the new ones on screen. Henry is doing and has done everything to help his brother stay alive no matter what the cost, this is something that is evident throughout the episode. The arrival of these two characters tests Joel and Ellie, not only to trust these people but to work in tandem with them to get to their goal. We also get a better look at Kathleen, the leader of this group of people hunting them. She is willing to stop at nothing to get the man that "killed" her brother, and the performance of Melanie Lynskey is exceptional in those moments she gets on screen, it isn't all that menacing but it is a relentless and resentful performance which adds to the character in the situation she is in.

Some people may have got to this point and question the lack of appearance from the infected, especially since episode 2, but those prayers have been answered. In a sequence that sees Joel having to kill a man shooting at them while escaping, this escalates when Kathleen shows up with an army of people, only to see one of her trucks sink to the ground and break open a hole that releases a huge swarm of infected, including a "bloater". This whole scene is epic, polished off by some incredibly gory action scenes.


Luckily the four of Joel, Ellie, Henry and Sam escape, but not without consequence. Sam confides in Ellie that he has been bitten, which then Ellie tries to save his life by offering her blood. However, by morning the turn has happened and Henry has to make a split second and extremely sad choice, for the both of them.


With more action and the additional characters, this is probably my favourite episode so far. The character connections felt real, with plenty of emotion and it felt like an episode for Joel and Ellie to grow in. You can't deny the brilliance of the bloater ripping someone in half and the terrifying scene in the car. The Last of Us continues to impress from week to week.



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