humanity in the apocalypse; Story analysis of Last of Ace Part 2 (final part)

Some time ago we decided to do a complete analysis of the story of the game "Lost of Us Part 2" or in Farsi "The Last Survivor of Us Part 2" in three separate articles. we have to present. We have already published the previous two parts, and now we are going to go to the third and final part of this story analysis, which will deal with the events of the final scene of the game and provide a general summary. humanity in the apocalypse; Story analysis of Last of Ace Part 2 (final part)

Some time ago we decided to do a complete analysis of the story of the game "Lost of Us Part 2" or in Farsi "The Last Survivor of Us Part 2" in three separate articles. we have to present. We have already published the previous two parts, and now we are going to go to the third and final part of this story analysis, which will deal with the events of the final scene of the game and provide a general summary.

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It goes without saying, but it is obvious that this article will reveal the story of Last of Ace Part 2 in full. Also, since the volume of the text is very high, it is recommended that you read it several times and in different chapters, if necessary, so that you can work more easily. For a better understanding of this article, it is recommended to take a look at the previous parts of this article. ">

Part I: The Farm

After 20 hours of brutality and violence, the best thing that can be gifted to the player is a moment of peace and tranquility. . Eli finally abandons his revenge mission and returns to Wyoming with Dinah and her newborn baby, JJ, where they live peacefully in a house with a beautiful view on a farm. Not only is this a great way to relax the player after all that violent action, but the atmosphere is simply delightful. Every bit of dialogue in this section, no matter how small, makes the player's heart happy because it seems like Ellie's suffering is finally over.

This happiness is constantly accompanied by heartwarming scenes. Ellie and Dina turn on the tape and start dancing, Ellie holding JJ in her arms, watching the beautiful sunset on the farm, and even telling the baby in her arms that she's going to teach him how to play the guitar. He gave, exactly the same promise that Joel had made and kept. Sitting and watching the sunset is a source of happiness and relaxation for Eli and for the player himself, and is a good way to end the story. The juxtaposition of the horror game we've played up to that point and the quiet rural life we're witnessing now makes this change all the more impressive, but also brings an element of unease. However, there is still something in the layers underneath.

Despite everything I said and the fact that there was a certain joy and happiness flowing throughout this section, I couldn't help but feel sad. . It's sad, isn't it? After all the events that the main characters have been through, it remains something like a false ending, where the conflict is apparently resolved but nothing is really resolved and the main tension still exists and seems to give us half of it. I mean, after all this suffering, is Eli going to deal with all of this? I don't mean that I don't want such a thing, but I think that this suffering is not over yet and this peace and tranquility is fake and fake. The game goes on and this suspicion turns out to be correct because the memory of Joel and his painful death is still alive in Ellie in the form of PTSD and still haunts her. humanity in the apocalypse; Story analysis of Last of Ace Part 2 (final part)

When he tries to take the sheep to the pen, one of them escapes and in the process knocks Billy to the ground, causing A voice is heard and in a fraction of a second Eli remembers Joel being beaten by Abby. Ellie begins to panic and the atmosphere around her changes drastically: the wind blows and creates a piercing and ear-splitting sound that fills everywhere, the environment turns the color of blood, and Ellie finds herself again in the same staircase that leads to the room that Joel was in. It was killed. Joel screams for help, but when Ellie reaches the door, no matter how hard she tries, the door won't budge. A bell rings and we quickly snap back to reality to see Eli sitting on the floor screaming. Dina comes to his aid and calms him down. The scene ends with the two of them sitting on the floor and their silence and cuts to a black screen.

This scene delicately shows all of PTSD and his current and real mental state. and that makes it a painful scene. Her life may have happy moments and appearances, but deep down, it's a minefield filled with things that remind her of Joel, ready to explode at any moment. Given the happy life we saw moments before, the devastating effect of this scene is even greater, showing us that that happy life is what Ellie can have. Yes, but it seems that it is not attainable for him under these conditions. The scene also has a crazy power that makes us feel a lot of empathy for Ellie, especially considering what we saw her in just an hour ago. Now we are completely by Ellie's side and we feel her pain, we don't even think about Abby anymore. It's a story about Joel and Ellie, specifically how Ellie deals nonviolently with Joel's death; So, with this idea, we go to another day of Ellie's new life. Ellie begins, much like the opening of Winter in The Last of Us: Part 1. However, there is someone waiting for Ellie at home: Tommy. Tommy survives a bullet to the knee and a bullet to the back of the head (which appears to have hit him in the eye) but make no mistake, he is now a broken man. He walks with difficulty, has lost one of his eyes, is separated from his wife and is drowning in the thirst for revenge. Tommy explains to Ellie that someone tipped him off about Abby and Leo's possible whereabouts, saying he saw them on a trip to the California coast. When Tommy finishes his words, sad music starts playing and Ellie's face becomes sadder than anything else. Deanna breaks the silence and tells Tommy that they're over these events, and Ellie looks at Tommy with a look of defeat and pure sadness and softly whispers, "I'm sorry." This is when Jeffrey Pierce as Tommy takes over the scene and fully immerses himself in this new broken persona by blaming Ellie. Tommy says to Ellie as she gets up and walks out, "I think it's easy for you to forget (Abby) now that you're sitting here safely."

Dina follows Tommy and Ivan has an argument with her and leaves Eli alone at home. It is very sad and disturbing to see a happy and full of joy man who is now a broken man because of his obsession with revenge. Not only has Tommy suffered a lot of physical damage, but he is also broken mentally because of Jessie's death and of course the destruction of his personal life. However, even with these complications, he still blindly pursues revenge, this time ignoring Ellie's new life and emotional state and asking her to do it for him.

What the impact of this Further enhancing the scene is the comparison of Tommy's current state with his state at the beginning of the game. Some people look at Tommy on this page and think that the writing and character of Tommy here is weak and what he does is against his character. However, this is a superficial look at this scene. At the beginning of the game, Tommy has something to lose, he has a wife, he runs the town, and he's generally a much older and wiser person than the young Ellie, caught in the flames of revenge.

However, when he embarks on this revenge mission early in the game at Ellie's request, the adventure ends up changing him. We specifically see the consequences of some of Tommy's terrible actions, and those consequences get worse as he gets closer and closer to revenge. We can only assume that when he's back in Jackson, Tommy will continue to search and let Joel's death haunt him until Mariah finally decides to leave him. It's a cruel and realized way of showing Tommy's character trajectory and the real consequences of this obsession and preoccupation, indirectly telling us that this is who Ellie could have become, or might even become. It's also interesting that Eli planted the seeds of revenge in Tommy's head in the beginning, and now Tommy does the same to him at the end. After Dinah and Tommy argue outside the house and leave Ellie alone, the camera follows them in a dramatic pan, then pauses on Ellie's hesitant, helpless, angry face as she stares at the spinning Right on camera, we realize that Eli is staring at the same plan that Tommy brought with him, and here we make sure that this story does not end like this and that there must be an end to Eli's mental helplessness.

While Dina and JJ are asleep, Ellie gets out of bed and wanders around the house. He ends up being drawn to his guitar, and while thinking about Deanna, Joel, Tommy, and their past lives, he begins to play a song that is all too familiar to him, allowing him to return to the night of the party, the night before. He goes back and thinks about the beginning of all these sinister events.

As the screen fades to black, we hear a Crooked Still song and finally we see Ellie at the party, standing alone and watching people dance. He does and watches Dina in particular. Jesse enters the scene and talks to Ellie about how Joel got to Jesse and about the previous patrol that Ellie was with them. has given a speech However, given what we've seen in the flashbacks, we now know how sensitive and possibly painful this is for Ellie. humanity in the apocalypse; Story analysis of Last of Ace Part 2 (final part)

As the music comes to an end, Jesse makes a reference to Deanna, and Ellie reacts by joking that it will take two weeks for Jesse and Deanna to get back together, but Jesse isn't sure. That's when Dina walks up to them and ignores Jesse, but instead takes Ellie's hand and leads her to the dance floor. Now, a much calmer and gentler song is played, which is actually the same song that Ellie was playing a few minutes ago in the present tense.

The two slowly begin to dance and flirt with each other, and it's a wonderful game. Ashley Johnson and Shannon Woodward create a memorable scene. As they continue to dance, Eli takes on a distressed expression and says to Dina: "Everyone in this room is staring at you" and Dina responds to Eli's words like this: "Maybe they are staring at you too. Maybe they are jealous of you" but Ellie still resists and says: "I'm just a girl, I'm not a threat." A moment later, as the music gets louder, Dinah says to Ellie, "I think they must be scared," and then leans in to kiss her.

After the kiss, Ellie smiles as if at her happiest. Her life is on but the moment is quickly ruined by a drunken old man named Seth, who you probably remember from earlier in the game, who aggressively tells Ellie and Dinah that this is a family event and they should stop. do They apologize and start to leave but Seth continues to harass them, so Dinah reacts, causing a drunken old Seth to call them a not-so-nice word. Hearing the scuffle, the people around them stop dancing and Eli says something to Seth to retaliate, however Joel suddenly comes out of nowhere and pushes Seth and tells him to get lost. humanity in the apocalypse; Story analysis of Last of Ace Part 2 (final part)

At this point, the music stops completely and everyone's attention is drawn to the conflict and whispers form inside the place. Maria and Tommy immediately get between the two of them and separate them and lead Seth outside so that the fight doesn't continue any further, leaving Ellie and Joel alone, which of course does not end well. At this point, Joel just asks Ellie if she's okay, but Ellie suddenly aggressively says to Joel, "What's wrong with you?" Joel quietly replies, "He had no right..." but Ellie immediately interrupts him and brutally says, "And you have the right? "Joel, I don't need your help." This sentence makes Joel as upset and sad as possible, but he says very slowly and sadly: "Right" and walks away. Then we see Ellie's face, full of embarrassment, anger, and maybe even a little guilt, and the scene ends at that moment.

I don't want to sound like the whole game is setting up for this moment, but it's undeniable. The game has done a lot of groundwork for this moment since the beginning. We first saw the early parts of this sequence at Sony's E3 2018 conference, so it was fascinating to see it in its entirety. I also really like this move of the game that mentions this sequence from the very beginning and as soon as possible, but waits until late enough to show it at the right moment. This not only makes this scene more impactful, but also gives Ellie a strong and important reason and memory through which to look at an important event in the past.

Ellie's encounter with Joel is more painful in this sequence. It is something that may be seen at the first moment. Based on the events we've seen in previous flashbacks, it looks like this will be Ellie and Joel's first serious conversation after Ellie learns the truth, which will obviously end very badly. Joel didn't do anything wrong, he stepped in when Ellie needed him and just asked if Ellie was okay, but Ellie treated him with yelling and that strong reaction, adding to Joel's grief. What's worse is that he has to accept this behavior and leave the place without any real explanation because he knows he's upset Ellie in the past with his work at the hospital and it's clear he wants to make it up however he can and again. Let's go back to the end of this sequence, the camera focuses on Ellie's face. It is full of emotion and complexity thanks to amazing graphics and great acting. No special music can be heard next to it and there is only the sound of the crowd who are probably talking about him. This moment creates a unique atmosphere in the transition of this scene to the present, where we see Ellie putting on Joel's jacket and carrying her load in She puts her bag down and gets ready to leave.

Dina walks into the room and tells her to go back to bed, but Ellie suddenly says, "I have to finish." He goes on to tell Dina that he doesn't sleep, he doesn't eat, and he can't let go of the past like Dina does. Shannon Woodward, who plays Dina, reacts emotionally, saying that it's not easy for her either, but for JJ's sake and Ellie's sake, she's trying to let go of the past. However, Ellie is still determined to go. "I'm not doing this anymore," says Deanna, completely emotionally broken, but seemingly having no effect on Ellie. And as a sad but soothing guitar strums, Ellie says sadly, yet calmly, "It's up to you." And without looking back, he runs out of the house in the middle of the night, leaving Dina, JJ and his life behind to continue his mission of revenge by compulsion.

Part 2: Santa Barbara humanity in the apocalypse; Story analysis of Last of Ace Part 2 (final part)

As the beautiful guitar music continues, We see Abby and Lou searching the busy streets of California for traces of Firefly. This section mainly helps us to get to know where Abby and Lou are now and their purpose, but at the same time, it is also very effective in showing the new relationship that has formed between them and how they have come to terms with their past traumas. .

These two get along well despite their failures, just like Joel and Ellie did in the first game. We see many sweet moments that are reminiscent of this style of storytelling, but there is one particular moment from this episode that sticks out in my mind. While searching an abandoned house, they find a children's room with walls painted like a forest. Lev is confused by the idea, but Abby explains that this is how they decorate children's rooms and that her father did the same for her. It shows us that they are both comfortable talking about their lost loved ones and have come to terms with it, just as Joel learned the same thing about Sarah, but more importantly it shows us that they can now be okay. get along.

Abby and Leo travel to California to follow Owen's wish and revive his purpose and find Firefly. While searching the house, they suddenly find a shelter with an old radio. The scene you see here has some of the best acting in the game. Abby uses different frequencies and tries to contact the Firefly people up to 7 times, each time repeating "is this frequency currently in use, this is Abby from Santa Barbara" and each time she gets more and more demoralized. It will.

The last time, Abby is almost in tears and is on the verge of complete despair, but at the peak of despair, a slight sound is heard. Abby suddenly comes to life and immediately answers the soft call of the radio, and at this moment, beautiful and hopeful music is heard, which can be considered an optimistic and hopeful take on the original music of the first game. As she begins to talk to the Firefly people, Abby can barely contain her excitement and almost forgets for a moment to provide important information that proves she was a Firefly herself. After this, a man over the radio explains that about 200 people are stationed on Catalina Island and shows Abby the way to get there, wishing Lou and Abby good luck getting there. The end of the call causes Abby to shed a few tears of happiness on Abby's cheeks. Not only is he excited and happy that he was able to communicate with Firefly, but he's thrilled that Owen was proven right. humanity in the apocalypse; Story analysis of Last of Ace Part 2 (final part)

However, when they are excited to get out of that house, they are ambushed and attacked by a mysterious group called Rattler. Abby is immediately restrained by the group, while Leo shoots one of the men before being knocked out. We don't know them, but by the brutal behavior of the leader of the group towards the person who was shot and quickly removes the bullet from his body, we understand that Abby and Lou have met a brutal group. When both of them are caught and captured, the scene returns to Ellie's storyline with an ominous tone.

Ellie has followed Abby and Lou by boat and reached Santa Barbara and wants her revenge mission. End and calm yourself down. At this time, the main theme of the game is heard with its sad and uncomfortable feeling. Now that more in California to search and explore Speaking of which, I wanted to mention how cool it is to see a new environment and a different color palette since we spent most of the game in Seattle and experienced the same environment. Don't get me wrong, Seattle's dreary rainy weather and blue/grey color palette is amazing, but it's refreshing to see palm trees, sandy beaches, lighter vegetation, clear waters, and some sunshine for once.

Ellie He regains consciousness, now blood has covered his entire arm and his clothes are decorated with bloodstains. At the same time, he vaguely sees two people approaching him. As they approach, we find out that one of them is the boss of the Rattler gang and the other is the guy that Leo shot. They cut Ellie's trap rope and then proceed to do the same for a clicker trap, not realizing that the clicker isn't dead and it's almost possible that the person who was shot was bitten by the clicker, scaring the guy. will be This makes Ellie laugh and make fun of the person, but the person doesn't seem to find it funny at all. humanity in the apocalypse; Story analysis of Last of Ace Part 2 (final part)

He grabs Ellie and tries to clicker feed Ellie, but Ellie quickly releases herself and clickers the man's hand, then quickly grabs his gun and shoots the man. And then he shoots his boss in the leg. Ellie then limps over to the head of the Rattler group and interrogates him, who, luckily for Ellie, knows Abby and gives Ellie her location, saying that she's being held at their recreation camp in the high-rise building. He asks Ellie to spare his life and not kill him now that he has given her the information, but Ellie shoots the man anyway, and this reminds us of Joel's action at the end of the winter part of the previous game. /p>

I really like this scene because we get to see a new part of Ellie's personality that we never fully explored during the game. This allows us to see a more confident and imposing Ellie, and this really affects the player. During her time in Seattle, Ellie panics or has various nervous breakdowns and feels miserable every time she does something terrible. However, Eli in California is quite the opposite. At this point, he doesn't seem to be worried about such things, but on the other hand, it doesn't seem like he's doing it out of obsession and thirst for revenge. She's been through a lot and even tried to forget Abby, but now she's here to finish out of necessity more than anything else.

As Ellie travels, she completely It becomes clear how much he is hurt. Despite this, he manages to find the Rattlers' base and said tall building, and here the ambient storytelling does a great job of showing who the group really are and what they do. They are a ruthless group who practically practice a kind of slavery in the post-apocalyptic world of The Last of Us Part 2.

Finally, Ellie infiltrates their base and reaches a prison where people are imprisoned and Of course, there is a guard there. Ellie fights with the guard and pushes him towards the prison bars, which causes the prisoners to help him and kill the guard and take the prison key from his pocket. The prisoners immediately prepare to escape and each of them takes a weapon. At this point Ellie asks them about Abby but she is not there and one of the prisoners tells Ellie that she is by the beach in a place called "The Pillars" and is probably dead by now. With this alarming news, Ellie lets them pass and goes after Abby herself.

Now that Ellie's pain has worsened and she's out of breath, her movement has slowed but she struggles her way out. And he guides to the place he was told. Now that the prisoners have been released and have taken up arms, he hears gunshots, screams and numerous explosions in the middle of the road, which indicate a conflict between the prisoners and the guards. He finally makes it to the beach, which is shrouded in thick fog. When we get to the pillars, the atmosphere is almost as thick as the fog itself: dozens of people are tied to the pillars, most of them beaten and dead, and you have to go to find Abi. Look at them. humanity in the apocalypse; Story analysis of Last of Ace Part 2 (final part)

After searching for a while, Ellie finally spots Abby, looking The previous one is very different and physically completely broken. His hair is cut short, his muscles are practically gone, his whole body is malnourished, and his face and body are scratched and scarred by being hit by a rod. As we witness this scene, both the player and Ellie unconsciously feel sympathy, and Ellie, not out of revenge but out of kindness, pulls out her pocketknife to cut the rope Abby is tied to and free her. When Abby breaks free from the pillar and falls down, with what little energy she has left, she rushes to Leo to free him. Leo is just as broken and worn out as Abby, but he is also fortunately alive. Abby manages to pick up Leo and head to the beach, telling Ellie that there is a boat there. This scene, where Abby carries Leo in her arms and takes him to the beach, may subconsciously remind us of Joel and carrying Ellie at the end of the previous game, and maybe Ellie herself had such a thought in her mind at this moment. . The two walk slowly, building tension in the scene until finally the boats are revealed along the misty shore. This is where the player realizes that the game's main menu view is for this scene.

Abby gently puts Leo into her boat, while Ellie goes to the other boat alone and puts her bag in it, but For a moment, he looks at his hand, which is covered in blood, and suddenly the image of Joel's bloodied and beaten face, which has become a nightmare for Ellie, comes in front of his eyes. It is at this moment that Eli realizes what he came for and what he has to do, and when Eli looks at Abby, the music also shows us Eli's purpose. When he opens it, Ellie tells him she can't let him leave. Notice, here Ellie is not saying that she wants to kill Abby or anything like that, she is saying that she can't let Abby leave. Ellie is fully aware of the consequences of this revenge mission here, but it's as if she has to do it. Abby's entire body freezes in place with the intensity of the music, and she makes it clear that she has no intention of fighting. Ellie is determined, however, and throws Abby into the water, beating her as she falls. Abby is still yelling that she doesn't want to fight; So Ellie decides to threaten Leo. Abby suddenly feels the danger and desperately says: "She's not part of this story" but Ellie quickly replies: "You made her a part of this story." Abby agrees and they both get ready for battle. The tension of the music rises and their battle begins. humanity in the apocalypse; Story analysis of Last of Ace Part 2 (final part)

What follows is the fiercest and most brutal battle. It is among them. Ellie lands a particularly powerful blow, stabbing Abby with her knife, while Abby tries to fight back and stab Ellie with what little strength she still has. Many times the game sets the situation in such a way that Ellie is on the verge of giving Abby the final blow with her knife, but at the last moment, Abby lets go and throws Ellie's knife, which is a souvenir of her mother, into the water, making the fight fairer. . The fight continues until Ellie manages to knock Abby to the ground and drown her. Abby tries to escape and bites 2 of Ellie's fingers and separates them, but she falls under the water again with Ellie's force and starts drowning. With Ellie holding her underwater, Abby struggles to escape, but after everything that's happened between them, Ellie won't let her go.

While the synthesizer sounds softly and beautifully Adding to the impact of the scene, the camera begins to pan slowly and the camera pans for a moment on Ellie's now tear-stained face, and then Ellie briefly remembers a different image of Joel, indicating a deep and important memory. It is in his heart. In this short image of Joel, he is no longer covered in his own blood or dead, but happily playing guitar on his porch. It is at this moment that Ellie, for a reason that is not entirely clear to us at that moment, finally lets go of Abby and takes her life, leaving her to end the cycle of violence. humanity in the apocalypse; Story analysis of Last of Ace Part 2 (final part)

As Abby tries to catch her breath, Ellie sits in the same spot in the water, tears streaming down her face. Aram says to Abi: "Go, just take him (Leo) with you." Abby cautiously walks to her boat, and the camera pans behind Ellie, showing us that Abby's boat is moving. After Abby leaves, Ellie's crying intensifies and she is at the peak of loneliness and sadness. In this moment, a very sad and heartbreaking version of the classic piece of music All Gone The texts of the first game are played, which makes the eyes of the players teary. Abby disappears into the distant fog, and only Ellie and I are left alone in this depressing atmosphere and this sad song that reminds us of Ellie's suffering.

Years ago, a young boy named Sam asked Ellie What does she fear more than anything else, and Ellie replied, "Being alone, I'm afraid of being alone in the end." And symbolically that is exactly what happened here. Ellie is sitting in the water and crying, everything is lost and she is left alone. This scene ends soon, but at least I imagine that Ellie sat there for at least another hour, thinking about her journey and her ups and down story and its implications, about Joel, about Abby, and even about Riley, and about everything that happened. He has thought, everything he has done and everything Joel has done.

Part Three: The Final Sequence humanity in the apocalypse; Story analysis of Last of Ace Part 2 (final part)

As we return to his and Dinah's farm, the camera first pans over Ellie's missing and severed fingers, then pans up. He enters his and Dina's farmhouse only to find it abandoned and empty. Dina left there and took all the things except Ellie's things with her and moved Ellie's things to her room. Ellie enters her room and sees all her things, and above all, the guitar that Joel gave her as a gift attracts her attention; So, he sits on a chair by the window and starts playing the song "Future Days", which has played an important role in the story of Eli and Joel since the beginning of the game, but this time he plays the song with only three fingers and only He can create a broken sound and a shadow of that song with his instrument. Ellie sits there thinking and the screen fades to black and a beautiful guitar melody plays.

The screen remains black for a few moments, giving the impression that it's the end credits, but the player desperately hopes. There is another scene in the works, and this is where the players' wishes are answered, and we see the full scene of the same happy image of Joel playing the guitar that Ellie saw when she strangled Abby. He's sitting in a chair on his porch, holding a guitar and playing.

He's still playing Helplessly Hoping by Crosby Stills and Nash when he sees Ellie come over. He seems genuinely surprised. They lean against the porch railing and try to talk, and it's clear that this is the night of the party, the night before Joel died. After a few moments of silence, Ellie says what's on her mind. He claims that he had Seth under control and also says that Joel shouldn't be harassing Jesse about the patrols. Joel, who is aware of the not-so-good conditions of his relationship with Ellie, only agrees with Ellie's words. Joel then brings up Dina, asking Ellie if she "loves him?" And Ellie suddenly becomes insanely anxious and confused (even though she was confused before) and avoids giving a direct answer. At this time, Joel says with a pleasant and reassuring tone: "I don't know what that girl's real intentions are, but I know that she is very lucky to have you." humanity in the apocalypse; Story analysis of Last of Ace Part 2 (final part)

However, Ellie can't stay there any longer and not talk about what's really going on in their minds. "I was going to die in that hospital," he suddenly says loudly in a helpless tone. "My life was important, but you took it away from me." This short comment easily tells us Eli's big and main concern. He has lost the meaning of his life and during the duration of this game he has been struggling with himself and finding a new meaning of his life. Tears start to fall as he speaks, and it takes seconds for Joel to give Ellie the best answer and the best apology at the same time. He said by saying one of the best sentences of the game: "If God somehow gave me another chance at that moment, I would do it again." Unlike his other lines in this scene, Joel looks directly at Ellie as he utters this line for added assurance. After a moment's pause, Ellie says, "I don't think I'll ever be able to forgive you for that." While Joel is in complete despair and depression for the future after hearing these words, Ellie suddenly ends his sentence with: But I would like to try (to forgive you)." This is where the familiar and classic Ronrocco score of The Last of Us composer Gustavo Santaulia comes in and shines again. Then, almost in tears, Joel whispers, "I love this." And then Ellie says that she'll see Joel around here, but she's not aware of her and Joel's fate, and she doesn't know that this is their last conversation, and Joel's voice breaks and she answers Ellie with a simple "yes." He gives because he is trying hard to stop his tears. Everything about this scene is wonderful, the acting of Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson is at its peak, the dialogues are written with delicacy and thought and feeling, and the direction is precise and appropriate.

Ellie goes and we Finally, we understand his motivation and driving force. Ellie is finally able to come to terms with this, and we realize that when Abby kills Joel like that, Ellie was ready to forgive Joel. Not only did Abby kill the man who was like a father to Ellie, but she also destroyed Ellie's chance to fully forgive Joel. Ellie's revenge is mostly caused by her guilt and especially her survivor's guilt. However, other important things were revealed to us in this scene. On Joel's deathbed, Ellie realizes that she wasted the little time she had to spend with Joel and instead mistreated him because she was unaware of the possible consequences of the future that was so close to her. It's this guilt that drives Ellie's story in the first place and causes her to do all these horrible things throughout the game. However, when he commits these violent acts, he feels more intense guilt, his mental state worsens, his image of Joel darkens, and causes him to distance himself from Joel.

To Therefore, he sees the easiest way to end this feeling is to kill Abi, but he does not do the same at the last moment. Instead, Ellie ditches Abby at the last minute because she sees a random picture of Joel. No, that's the impression some may have, but that's definitely wrong. Ellie lets Abby go because she remembers her last conversation with Joel, a very important one. Especially how this conversation ends. Eli's final sentence in this conversation is one of the important keys of this incident: "I don't think I can ever forgive you for that, but I'd like to try." humanity in the apocalypse; Story analysis of Last of Ace Part 2 (final part)

As Ellie is drowning Abby, she remembers this incident and this sentence and inexplicably lets Abby go. No one knows what exactly went through Ellie's mind, but I believe she realizes that while she may never be able to truly forgive Abby, she knows that she needs to end this cycle and move on with her life. to continue Although this is debatable, I clearly think that Ellie here ultimately fully forgives both Joel and herself. Although he had decided to forgive Joel about a year ago and the night before his death and had told Joel this too, he denied it due to his guilt and instead felt obliged to carry out this mission of revenge to to finish He mistakenly thought that this revenge mission would give him a chance to forgive Joel again and get rid of his guilt. It is only in the last moments that he realizes the truth. At the last moment, she thinks about Joel, thinks about what he said to her, and finally feels that she is ready to completely forgive him and move on with her life because that is exactly what Joel wanted. He wanted Ellie to live and live. Ellie returns to the farm, except she's missing two fingers. He goes to the guitar and the song "Future Days", which has been one of the main links between him and Joel throughout the game, and this song always reminds him of Joel. However, now that he doesn't have all his fingers, he can't play the song properly.

On the surface, this is an exaggerated way to break up with Joel and show the player the consequences of Ellie's revenge, but it's actually much more. from it Future Days may be a shell of its former self, but somehow it feels almost promising. Now that Ellie has been able to completely forgive both Joel and herself and the last link between their past lives is gone, she can put Joel's memory to rest and remember him with a happy memory and move on with her life. Incidentally, in her fight with Abby, she also lost one of her links to her mother, I mean her famous ratchet knife.

On the other hand, Abby goes with Leo to the Firefly base and according to the main menu screen The game has now changed, he and Leo have reached Catalina Island, the base of the Fireflies. This could show a promising perspective in Abby and Lou's story. However, I would like to mention in passing a small problem that can confuse players. After the game ends, the main menu screen shows a round building, which is the Firefly base that the guy behind the radio was talking about. However, the leader of the Rattler group also mentioned a round building that was their prison where they kept their slaves. This might give some people the wrong impression that the person who spoke to Abby on the radio was not from Firefly but from Rattler and then attacked them after they spoke. However, this perception is wrong and it is due to a problem with the writing that Abby and Leo actually got to the Fireflies base and it was not a lie.

Now speaking of Abby, I wanted to talk about the fight between the two protagonists, or more precisely, their compulsion to fight and the results of their fight.

Naughty Dog games, and especially The Last of Us series, have never been about player choice. From the beginning, their games have been about bringing the players closer and connecting with the characters, as well as creating strong and memorable moments where the players can emotionally empathize with the characters and their feelings. For example, the first 15 minutes of The Last of Us is subtly set up to make you feel Joel's pain. In that game, you experience the game for a short time as Sarah, which is an introduction to the game and its world, and you see the spread of a fungal infection from Sarah's point of view, and this short period of time does what we do by playing the role of Sarah. Let's get close to the character. Then, when Sarah is injured, we take control of Joel and experience playing as him, which makes us feel like we have a duty to protect Sarah. Thus, when we witness Sarah's death, we feel and sympathize with Joel, even though we still don't know much about these characters. humanity in the apocalypse; Story analysis of Last of Ace Part 2 (final part)

Then, in the continuation of the story of that game, we get to know more about the characters of Joel and Ellie almost at the same time, and this allows us to witness the growth of the relationship between them at the same time. In the following, we can fully sympathize and understand Joel because we have seen and been there with him since the very beginning of the game. That doesn't make that suffering entirely ours, it's still essentially Joel's, but we feel it too. This allows the emotional moments of the game to create a stronger feeling through our closeness and connection with the characters. For example, you can remember the moment when Joel is seriously injured or when Ellie is caught by David. When Joel finally arrives at the Fireflies' headquarters at the end of the first game, we have no choice in Joel's decision or its consequences because the story isn't entirely ours yet. However, because of our connection to the characters in the story, we are all on the same side and therefore agree with Joel's decision, at least most of us. 1 And how that game was never about how we wanted Joel and Ellie to behave, so why did everyone suddenly want the right to choose in this game? Obviously, Naughty Dog's writing isn't perfect like everything else, but they still managed to keep me and many other players engrossed in their high-stakes story and adventure. However, some people took Joel's death and many other plot twists (things like playing Abby or ignoring Abby's life at the end of the game) differently, so we're not all on the same page anymore. It's not necessarily the player's fault because they can't control how the game wants to make them feel, but I believe that when you go into The Last of Us Part 2 with an open mind, you'll enjoy the game. However, if you go into it with a closed mind, the writing and story will leave you feeling like you're witnessing a con and wishing the game had a different outcome. Even if one doesn't like the direction the story takes, they can't change it because ultimately the story Naughty Dog tells is about Ellie and her revenge. The game has taken it upon themselves to disagree, and even the developers have expected it to some extent, but it's a bit strange to insist on having a choice in this game when such choice has never been a major issue in Naughty Dog's linear games so far. This discussion can be done exactly about the ending of the first game that I explained about. If the right to choose in a game is very important to you, obviously there are games like Witcher 3, Copper Effect series or any other Fallout game, but Naughty Dog linear story-oriented games where the player does not have a role in choosing the path of the story and their purpose is to connect and bring the players closer. With their characters and stories, it's through sensory stimulation, they're not made for that. At least the games they've released to date are like this. humanity in the apocalypse; Story analysis of Last of Ace Part 2 (final part)

With all that said, let's re Let's go back to the story of the last survivor of us part 2. The situation is such that Ellie seems to have lost everything, when this is only a superficial view of the matter. On the surface and in a superficial view, this is what we all think about, but at the root there is something deeper and more important; Humanity.

It is possible that Joel, Dinah, JJ and his last connection with his parents He may have lost, but somehow he has regained a bit of his humanity. When we look back and what happened before, that's what the whole story was about. Joel loses his humanity after Sarah's death but slowly regains it when Ellie comes into his life. Abby loses her humanity after her father's death and gradually regains it with the arrival of Leo. Ellie also loses her humanity after Joel's death, but eventually regains her humanity when she is able to let go of that memory and forgive both Joel and herself. Even a character like Owen finds his humanity when fighting Danny.

This humanity is the reason that makes the current ending happier than the one where Ellie ends up killing Abby. If he completes his mission of revenge, he will lose himself as well as his family and everything. In that case, Ellie would most likely spend the rest of her life feeling guilty, knowing that she couldn't do anything to save herself and regain that humanity, effectively throwing away the precious life that Joel had given her. Now that Ellie has shown mercy and spared Abby's life, she may have lost all of the same things, but she has regained her humanity. humanity in the apocalypse; Story analysis of Last of Ace Part 2 (final part)

The game's ending is purposefully ambiguous, and we don't know exactly where Ellie is going or what she's going to do. It seems unlikely that he will be able to make up for it all, but there is at least a chance that Eli may return to Jackson and see if life is waiting for him. While none of this is certain, one thing is certain: Ellie will never live with guilt for having mercy on Abby and forgiving Joel, allowing herself to move on with her life, her humanity. to recover and live and cherish the precious life that Joel wanted for him; So he does the same. Ellie leaves her guitar on the windowsill and leaves the room, Gustavo Santaolaya's music begins, the camera zooms in on the guitar and the window in a wonderful slow motion, showing Ellie with her backpack on her shoulders and all the horrible things happening. He left behind and started life again, and here the credits of the game appear with the music peaking, ending the story of the game "The Last of Us Part 2". Ellie continues her way without any predetermined and specific goal, and only a valuable gift from Joel is left for her, which she intends to respect very much; Life.

Ellie can never forgive Joel after what he took from her, but in order to put that memory to rest and live a real life, she wants to try to forgive him. Abby can never forgive Joel after what he took from her, but she's willing to try to stop the cycle and live with Leo. Ellie will never be able to forgive Abby after what she took from him, but after everything that's happened, she'd like to try. The players will never be able to forgive Abby for what she took from them, but in order to end the violence and allow the story to end peacefully, they're (hopefully!) willing to try. humanity in the apocalypse; Story analysis of Last of Ace Part 2 (final part)

It's hard to pinpoint exactly what The Last of Us Part 2 is about. Themes of revenge, guilt, forgiveness and finding the meaning of life, all of which exist around the theme of the cycle of violence in the game, and smaller themes such as selfish actions, characters who seek to find and know themselves and their identity, tribalism and similar things are also seen. However, what I think is that it was all about humanity; Especially finding humanity in an apocalyptic world.

The last survivor of us game world is cruel and violent, and it is in this cruelty that most of our beloved characters lose themselves and experience deep and different emotions and always in are trying to survive. This is where Naughty Dog works its magic, focusing on some old characters and some new ones, dwelling on their humanity and dissecting them to find their motivations, fears, ambitions, hopes and dreams. There are gruesome battles and sad moments, but the most impressive moments of the second game are the quiet moments where we get very close to and learn about the characters and their inner feelings, and the opportunity to scrutinize and analyze the quiet moments both logically and emotionally. It is given to us and allows us to notice how much one character resembles another. These moments are the highlights of the game. "The Last of Us Part 2" was never just about any of these characters - Ellie, Abby or even Joel - it was all about finding and reclaiming lost humanity in a post-apocalyptic world.



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