Fans Mourn Major Character’s Death in The Last of Us Episode 2

Fans Mourn Major Character’s Death in The Last of Us Episode 2

The Last of Us episode 2 ends with the heart-wrenching death of a major character, Tess. Fans of the series have been mourning the same on social media platforms.

The Last of Us is a post-apocalyptic thriller series on HBO Max based on the popular PlayStation video game of the same name. It stars Pedro Pascal as Joel Miller, a smuggler and Anna Torv as Tess, his partner. 

After a deal goes wrong, the couple is given the responsibility to escort a teenager, Ellie (Bella Ramsey) out of the city to a group of scientists, as she is immune to the raging zombie infestation in the United States. 

In the latest episode of the series, Joel, Tess and Ellie escape FEDRA’s quarantine zone soldiers, but nearly escape death by the hands of Clickers, who mark one of the deadliest stages in the cordyceps infection. However, one of the Clickers bites Tess, eventually leading to her death. 

In her dying moments, Tess helps Joel and Ellie escape by drowning the State House lobby with gasoline and burning it down when the nearby infested group arrives. This gives Joel and Ellie sufficient time to escape as Tess succumbs to her injuries. 

Fans Mourn Major Character Death in The Last of Us Episode 2
Tess and Joel | Source: IMDb

Tess’ death has brought about mixed reactions among the audience. They have taken to social media to mourn their favorite character and express their disgust about how it was portrayed. However, some of them have also appreciated the turn of events. Here’s how fans of The Last of Us reacted to Tess’ death.

Before the show premiered on HBO Max, creators Neil Druckmann and Craig Mazin mentioned that they intend to be faithful to the much-loved and acclaimed source material. They also teased some interesting changes in the narrative, such as the varying nature of the infected. 

Tess’ death remains more or less similar to that of the game. However, there were some key differences as well. In the game, Tess sacrificed herself during a shootout with the FEDRA soldiers. Though Tess’ death in the game took place offscreen, it was equally heart-breaking. 

Fans Mourn Major Character Death in The Last of Us Episode 2
Tess and Ellie | Source: IMDb

Though her presence was limited, Tess left a significant impact on the show within a span of two episodes. She was introduced as a rugged survivor with very little hope for humanity. But she remained strong throughout her time as she led Joel and Ellie across Boston. 

She also inspired and motivated Joel to continue with the mission despite his doubts and encouraged Ellie to remain strong. Her determination and strength will continue inspiring Joel to escort Ellie safely to the Fireflies as the show progresses. 

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About The Last Of Us

The Last of Us is an upcoming HBO TV series adaptation of the award-winning video game of the same name originally developed by Naughty Dog. It is set in the future of 2033, as a fungal infestation plagues humans turning them feral and blind before finally finishing them off. The series will follow Joel’s journey trying to escort an immune 14-year-old Ellie to doctors, who hope to study her in order to procure a vaccine.

The cast is made up of Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey, both famed for their roles in Games of Thrones, along with Gabriel Luna, Merle Dandridge and Nico Parker. Naughty Dog co-president Neil Druckmann will be running the show partnering with Craig Mazin, c0-producer and writer.