The Last of Us S1 Episode 7: Release Date, Recap, and Speculation

The Last of Us S1 Episode 7: Release Date, Recap, and Speculation

Joel and Ellie have come a long way from being two strangers, and despite how much Joel denies it, he’s slipped past the idea that Ellie is “cargo.” His panic attacks stemming from his grief, recent losses, and the anxiety of keeping Ellie safe till they reach the Fireflies are wearing him down, but now this stab wound has me worried.

It may be a while until we know if Joel is dead and if he’ll be “left behind” since the next episode will dive into Ellie’s origins and her relationship with long-lost friend Riley and the Firefly leader Marlene. What can we expect from episode 7 of The Last of Us?

1. Episode 7 Synopsis/Speculation

I don’t have an official synopsis for you, but I do have a few ideas about where the next episode will take us. 

HBO Max released a preview for episode 7 a few days ago, and just like episode 1 began with a flashback into Joel’s life at the time of the outbreak, we’ll get a look at Ellie’s life in the quarantine zone.

The upcoming episode will highlight the details of Ellie’s past and how growing up in the quarantine zone was not a cakewalk. The episode will also touch upon her relationship with Riley, a friend that ends up betraying her when she reveals she’s with the Fireflies.

Next week’s episode will feature the story of how Riley’s deception led to Marlene finding Ellie, thinking her as the cure for humanity and how the Firefly leader ended up knowing who she really was and delivering her to the QZ.

The showrunners have promised that the next episode will dig deep into the “profound connection” between Marlene and Ellie and how Riley left behind her closest friend to the Fireflies, and how it affected Ellie’s perspective of people. 

The next episode will probably touch upon Ellie using her beginner-level survivor skills to protect Joel while he is down and will further strengthen the bond between the duo.

The Last of Us S1 Episode 7: Release Date, Recap, and Speculation
Ellie and Riley

2. Episode 7 Release Date

Episode 7 of the The Last of Us series, titled “Left Behind”, has been released on Sunday, Feb 26, 2023.

3. Season 1 Schedule

The Last of Us Season 1 Episode No.The Last of Us Season 1 Episode TitleDirectionTeleplayRelease Date
1When You’re Lost in the DarknessCraig MazinCraig Mazin & Neil DruckmannJanuary 15 2023
2InfectionNeil DruckmannCraig MazinJanuary 22 2023
3Long Long TimePeter HoarCraig MazinJanuary 29 2023
4Please Hold My handJeremy WebbCraig MazinFebruary 5 2023
5Endure and SurviveJeremy WebbCraig MazinFebruary 12 2023
6KinJasmila ŽbanićCraig MazinFebruary 19 2023
7Left BehindLiza JohnsonNeil DruckmannFebruary 26 2023
8When We Are in NeedAli AbbasiCraig MazinMarch 5 2023
9TBAAli AbbasiCraig MazinMarch 12 2023

4. Where to Watch The Last of Us

The Last of Us is streaming exclusively on HBO & HBO Max in the US.

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5. Episode 6 Recap

The Last of Us S1 Episode 7: Release Date, Recap, and Speculation
Joel is Badly Wounded

Three months have passed since Joel and Ellie left Killer City after burying Henry and Sam, and they are still on the way to find Tommy. They come across an elderly couple, who seem friendly enough, but warn them not to move further past the river, better known as the River of Death.

Joel fears Tommy may be gone, but his conversations with Ellie about a post-cure future help him stay stable long enough till they arrive at the river. Masked men and women surround them on horseback, checking to see if they’re infected, but once Joel asks if they know Tommy, they head to Jackson.

Arriving at a decent settlement, a bubble of normal amid the apocalypse, Tommy and Joel reunite, and the younger Miller reveals his peaceful life with Maria, his wife. Joel tries to recruit Tommy as Ellie’s protector as he fears that he himself is not up to the job anymore, but Tommy reveals Maria is pregnant.

Joel still informs Ellie they will go their separate ways, but come morning, they leave Jackson, and Tommy, together. They reach the Firefly outpost to find it abandoned, but a few bandits pounce on them, mortally wounding Joel, and Ellie begs him not to leave her behind.

6. About The Last Of Us

The Last of Us is an HBO TV series adaptation of the award-winning video game of the same name originally developed by Naughty Dog.

It is set in 2033, as a fungal infestation plagues humans, turning them feral and blind before finally finishing them off. The series follows Joel’s journey to escort an immune 14-year-old Ellie to the Fireflies, who hope to study her to procure a vaccine.

The cast comprises Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey, both famed for their roles in Games of Thrones, along with Gabriel Luna, Merle Dandridge, and Nico Parker. The show was renewed for season 2.