Kyle: Like anybody who’s performed the video games, I think about, I’ve been form of dreading watching this episode ever since we first noticed Henry on the finish of the final episode. The final word destiny of him and his brother Sam is among the most indelibly unhappy moments in a recreation sequence that’s filled with them.
A part of me tried to carry out hope that they may change that destiny for the present—they’ve modified lots of different stuff in regards to the narrative, together with loads about Henry and Sam themselves. However actually that was in all probability simply wishful pondering born out of a deep reference to the characters. The specifics may change, however this plot beat wanted to remain in there, exactly as a result of it’s so emotionally uncooked.
Andrew: I don’t understand how each beat goes to play out, however I do know the story is outlined by the Joel-Ellie dyad. Which supplies the present this unhappy air of inevitability each time another person joins the occasion. First with Tess, and now with Henry and Sam. I don’t suppose that each ally they make alongside the best way goes to finish up lifeless or contaminated or each, however the odds of them heading west with Our Heroes appear fairly dangerous.
Kyle: Yeah, if you’re touring alongside Joel and Ellie for any vital time frame, you may as nicely escape a crimson Star Trek uniform. Actually, although, Henry was form of asking for it together with his “I’m completely positive there are no risks on this creepy underground tunnel vamping. Simply no Style Savvy in any respect…
Andrew: And the Kansas Metropolis vigilantes actually ought to have assumed that Chekov’s Pulsating Basement Ground from the final episode was going to be a problem. I’m not going to say I might be nice in an apocalypse, however realizing how these tales work undoubtedly appears to provide you a leg up.
So, you say a number of particulars of the Henry-Sam story are completely different than within the video games, and also you mentioned final week that this Kansas Metropolis story and the characters in it had been completely different from the video games. With out realizing what’s coming within the subsequent few episodes, what function do the modifications serve? Simply reformatting issues to be extra workable on TV or one thing else?
Kyle: Among the modifications are form of incidental within the grand scheme, like making Sam a bit youthful and deaf. The largest change to this entire arc is the creation of Kathleen, who provides a stronger narrative focus to the extra anarchic Hunters faction within the recreation. I did respect them making an attempt to humanize her a bit of bit together with her memory about her brother and such, however in the long run, I didn’t actually really feel dangerous when Little Miss “LOL, no trials for these jokers” obtained her comeuppance.
Andrew: The present determined it wanted to make Kathleen a monster and humanize her inside simply two episodes, and that’s arduous to do, particularly when all we find out about her brother is informed and never proven. Melanie Lynskey provides it her finest shot, however on the finish of the day it’s arduous to root for the character advocating for youngster homicide. The way in which that Joel and crew simply form of… go away her to her destiny was form of darkly humorous, whether or not it was meant to be or not.
Kyle: Yeah, after the second time you level a gun at somebody just for Contaminated to distract/eat you on the final second, you recognize the writers are simply out to mess with you at that time.
In contrast, one factor the present managed to determine rapidly was the friendship between Ellie and Sam. We’ve talked about her “powerful lady” exterior right here earlier than, however the factor this story hammers dwelling so nicely is that, deep down, she’s only a lonely child who’s rapidly realizing that everybody she grows near may go away her.