Following arguably one of the show's most harrowing hours, The Last of Us returns next week for the final episode of its freshman season and, if you're familiar with the game, then you should be well aware that it will likely be the show's most intense and potentially devastating hour yet.
Before we get to that, let's quickly recap this week's episode as Ellie (Bella Ramsey) continued to care for Joel (Pedro Pascal) in his weakened state. But, things take a turn when a quick hunting trip results in her crossing paths with a pair of strange men David (Scott Shepherd) and James (Troy Baker) from a nearby community.
She does manage to initially get the upper hand and secure some penicillin, but when she discovers their connection to the men they encountered at the college, she makes her escape and goes to treat Joel and hopefully get him back on his feet before they come searching. While her efforts show promise by morning, she does run out of time and must create a diversion to keep David and his survivors away from Joel, so she makes a break for it on horseback.
Unfortunately, she does get captured and ultimately learns David's deep dark secret - that he's been feeding human meat to his colony, a racket he hopes to bring her in on as his teenage bride. Yeah, he's a sick man and Ellie suddenly finds herself in a whole world of danger.
Elsewhere, David's minions continue to search for Joel and when it seems like all hope is lost, he strikes and takes out the other three men, but not before torturing them for intel on Ellie's whereabouts. With the info in hand, he rushes to save her... but, he's too late.
Ellie manages to break free by taking out James first before doing her best to evade David, as the cafeteria burns, and finally making a critical strike - or well, several critical strikes - to take him out once and for all. She then walks out of the cafeteria and nearly breaks down before Joel finally finds her and calms her down. They walk off and now, we're in the endgame.
Check out the new preview for the season one finale, titled "Look for the Light," below:
Plus, check out the featurette for episode eight:
The Last of Us features Pedro Pascal as Joel, Bella Ramsey as Ellie, Gabriel Luna as Tommy, Anna Torv as Tess, Nico Parker as Sarah, Murray Bartlett as Frank, Nick Offerman as Bill, Storm Reid as Riley, Merle Dandridge as Marlene, Jeffrey Pierce as Perry, Lamar Johnson as Henry, Keivonn Woodard as Sam, Graham Greene as Marlon, Elaine Miles as Florence, and Ashley Johnson and Troy Baker.
THE LAST OF US story takes place twenty years after modern civilization has been destroyed. Joel, a hardened survivor, is hired to smuggle Ellie, a 14-year-old girl, out of an oppressive quarantine zone. What starts as a small job soon becomes a brutal, heartbreaking journey, as they both must traverse the U.S. and depend on each other for survival.