‘The Final of Us’ Episode 8 Recap: It’s Okay, Child Woman

Editor’s Be aware: The next comprises spoilers for Episode 8 of The Final of Us. Episode 7 of The Final of Us, “Left Behind,” ended on a uncommon observe of promise, as Ellie (Bella Ramsey) sewed up the wounded Joel (Pedro Pascal), exhibiting that Ellie wouldn’t go away behind her touring companion, sticking it via regardless of the hazard. We watched as a weak Joel needed to depend on Ellie for his life, the conclusion of Joel’s fears that he wouldn’t be capable of shield her on the journey to the Fireflies. Within the eighth episode, “When We Are In Want,” issues get even darker for these two, as we’ve got the bond between these two cemented, whereas we additionally see that Ellie is greater than able to caring for herself—and Joel, when the case arises.


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He Shall Present

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Episode 8 beings, nonetheless, with a studying from Revelation 21, which speaks of a brand new Heaven and a brand new Earth, for the reason that first ones had handed away. As we hear these phrases, we see a city that’s virtually the other of Jackson: buildings lined in snow and deserted, no folks on the streets, simply chilly and empty. We then see David (Scott Shepherd), who’s studying this Bible verse to a bunch that appears determined and haggard. When David hears a woman crying, he stops studying and goes over to her.

Contained in the previous steakhouse they’re assembly in hangs a banner that reads “Once we are in want, He shall present.” David says he’s learn this passage too many occasions, and the lady says she doesn’t bear in mind what comes subsequent. David recites “And God will wipe away all of the tears from their eyes, for there will likely be no extra dying. Neither sorrow nor crying. Neither will there be any extra ache, for the previous issues have handed away.” The lady nods that she is aware of what meaning, and David exhibits the lady compassion. As he walks away, the lady asks “when can we bury him?” David appears to be like round and meets eyes with James (Troy Baker, who voiced Joel within the online game), after which replies, that the bottom is just too chilly, they usually can bury this man within the spring.

After the assembly, David meets folks exterior, promising they’ll get via this. As the opposite folks go away David asks James how a lot they’ve left of venison, elk, and rabbit. James says in the event that they ration it, they might have per week, two at greatest, however two males noticed some deer a number of miles away, but it might be nothing. As James walks away, David says he sensed doubt within the steakhouse. James says they haven’t misplaced religion, they’re simply scared. However David clarifies he doesn’t imply from them. James laughs it off and says he nonetheless believes, nevertheless it’s been a tough six months. David then says he must know James is with him, and when he agrees, David tells James to go get his gun—they’re going searching.

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Ellie and the “Loopy Man”

We then in the reduction of to Joel and Ellie. Joel remains to be inclined within the basement of the home they’re hiding out in, however the wound isn’t trying good. She places water on Joel’s lips, and he or she shares a few of the little meals they’ve left—however Joel is generally unresponsive. Ellie says she’ll be proper again, takes Joel’s rifle, and heads to the woods to hunt. She sees a rabbit, however he runs off, and he or she journeys making an attempt to chase after him. As she retains strolling, she hears an odd noise, then finds a deer. This time, she hits the bottom and shoots from a distance. She hits the deer, however he nonetheless runs off, and Ellie goes after it.

A path of blood exhibits that the deer finally died, however David and James discovered it first. They appear scared, frightened that somebody is close by, however attempt to take the deer earlier than anybody exhibits up. Nonetheless, Ellie quickly sneaks up on them, shouting that they should drop their rifles whereas she goals her gun at them. David praises her stealthiness, however Ellie isn’t having it, telling them to stroll away. However David asks for ten seconds of Ellie’s time, during which he says that he’s from a bigger group, they usually’re all very hungry. Ellie replies, mendacity and saying she’s additionally from a bigger group who’re additionally hungry. David states that even so, she will be able to’t convey this deer again on her personal. David says he’s not seeking to simply take the deer, and that they will commerce with Ellie. Nearly giving her state of affairs away, Ellie excitedly asks if they’ve medication for infections. David says sure, that Ellie can comply with them, however Ellie refuses. Ellie says James can go get the drugs, come again, they usually get half the deer. David tells James to get some penicillin and needles, and when James appears to be like unsure about this order, David says it’s not a code, to do what he says. James leaves for the drugs, leaving Ellie and David alone within the woods.

As they wait, David asks if Ellie’s gun is her dad’s gun and if he’s the one who’s sick. Ellie is unresponsive and David says it’s a four-mile roundtrip to the settlement, in order that they’ll be ready for some time. David affords to start out a fireplace at a close-by constructing, and Ellie reluctantly agrees, telling him to convey the deer. The 2 sit by the hearth, and David makes an attempt to make dialog, however Ellie is silent (for as soon as). David assures her that he means no hurt and that there’s room in his group if she desires. Ellie asks if David is the chief of this “starvation membership,” and David says it wasn’t his alternative, that they selected to comply with him. Ellie asks if it is a cult, and David jokingly says she’s bought him there, that he’s a preacher, however simply regular stuff. Ellie mentions that even after the world ended, he nonetheless believes this shit, however David says he grew to become a believer after the outbreak, and that earlier than he was a preacher, he was a math trainer. Ellie jokes with him, and we are able to see the wall beginning to fall. David then says that he discovered God after the apocalypse, which is both the most effective or worst time to search out him. After the Pittsburgh quarantine zone fell in 2017, David left with a number of others, and that’s how their group started. David says they’d settle someplace, however then raiders would come, they usually’d have to maneuver once more, they usually’d discover new folks alongside the best way till they ended up right here.

Ellie says their luck needed to run out ultimately, however David doesn’t consider in luck, that every thing occurs for a purpose. When Ellie appears to not consider him, David says he can show it to her. David says they didn’t anticipate the winter to be this tough, so David despatched 4 folks to a close-by city to scavenge, and solely three come again. The one who didn’t come again, Alec, was a father who had a daughter Ellie’s age. This man was murdered by a “loopy man” who was touring with slightly lady. Ellie, realizing that the person David is speaking about is the one which stabbed Joel, and the one which Joel killed, straightens up, as David smiles, saying “every thing occurs for a purpose.” It seems James has returned, and is behind Ellie, aiming his gun at her. James and Ellie maintain their weapons at one another, and James finally ends up decreasing his. David tells James to throw the drugs to Ellie. Unsure, James does as he’s informed, and David says he is aware of she’s not from an enormous group, and he can shield her. However Ellie isn’t listening to this, taking the drugs, and working away with out the deer. As she goes, James questions if David goes to let her get away. Ellie runs again to Joel and rapidly makes use of the drugs on Joel’s wound. After this success, she lays down subsequent to Joel along with her arm round him.

God’s Will

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Again to David’s group, and within the kitchen, we see provides are low. A person brings out some suspicious-looking meat, and when the cooks ask what it’s, the person replies that it’s venison. They put the meat right into a pot, and later we see this concoction being ladled out to the folks within the steakhouse. As they eat their meager parts, David and James return with the deer, and David stands in entrance of his group beaming at this discover. However the group doesn’t reply, and he rapidly realizes James informed them concerning the lady. David admits that sure, they discovered a woman who was with the person who took Alec from them. However David says tomorrow, he’s getting a bunch collectively to search out the pair, they usually’ll convey that man to justice. Alec’s daughter—the one who was crying within the opening scene—says that they need to kill each the person and the lady. David walks as much as her, takes off his glove, and hits her with it. When her mother tries to intervene, David waves for her to not. Then David helps the lady up, and David says that though Alec is gone, she’ll at all times have a father, and he or she’ll present him respect when he’s talking. David sits down as a plate is dropped at him. He leads the group in prayer, they usually all start to eat their shares, all shoveling down their rations for the day.

The following morning, Ellie remains to be by Joel’s aspect, and he or she checks his temperature. The wound already appears to be like barely higher, as Ellie administers extra medication to it. Elle goes exterior and gathers some snow to feed their horse, and as she stands exterior the home, she sees birds flying away. Ellie hides and sees David’s males trying to find them. We go to the group, the place David warns concerning the harmful man and says they’ll convey the lady again with them. James mentions if they carry her again, it’s one other mouth to feed, and David says in the event that they don’t, she’ll die. However James says perhaps that’s God’s will, which stops David in his tracks. All David has to do is take a look at James for him to understand that he’s gone too far, and the group continues to go looking.

Ellie runs again to the home and right down to Joel, begging him to stand up, however he’s barely awake. Ellie places a knife in his arms, saying she’s going to guide the boys away from him, and that if anybody comes downstairs, he has to kill them, nevertheless it’s laborious to inform if he may even comprehend what she’s saying. She tells Joel not to go to sleep, however he closes his eyes as she leaves him, barricading his room from the surface, earlier than taking to her horse. She finds the group and shoots at them, however David says he desires her alive, as he slyly smiles. As she runs by, James shoots the horse out from below Ellie. One other man tells James to shoot Ellie, however David stops them with a gunshot to the sky. David carries Ellie as he heads again dwelling, telling two males to haul the horseback, and the others to go door-to-door searching for Joel.

Get Up, Joel

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One man enters the home Joel is staying in, and Joel wakes up from the footsteps above him. As the person walks down the steps, he finds the mattress Joel was mendacity on empty, however lined in blood. As the person searches, Joel sneaks up on him and stabs him within the neck—and it appears as if it took all of Joel’s remaining power to just do that, as he makes an attempt to get again up.

We then in the reduction of to Ellie, who David has put in a caged-off part in a kitchen. When she wakes up, David is there ready. When Ellie asks why she’s in a cage, David says as a result of he’s afraid of her—she’s a harmful individual. David makes positive Ellie is aware of the others need to kill her as if she ought to thank him. David asks what her identify is once more, and he or she replies, “Eat shit.” David responds that nobody can survive on their very own, however he can shield her. But Ellie says that she’s not on her personal. David asks how Ellie’s buddy is doing, and when he sees the uncertainty on her face, he latches onto that, saying that a part of her life is ending, and he’s providing a starting. But when Ellie can’t belief him, David says that sure, she is alone.

David’s males proceed their seek for Joel, and one of many males finds one other one of many males knocked out within the snow. When the person goes to research, Joel knocks him out with the butt of his gun. We in the reduction of inside the home, the place Joel has one man tied up, whereas he beats up one other man tied to a chair. When the person he’s punching says he doesn’t know any lady, Joel pulls out his knife and stabs him within the knee. Joel tells the person to focus, or he’ll pop his kneecap off, and the person says she’s alive. A bit extra cajoling from Joel’s knife and the person says she’s being held at Silverlake, a close-by resort. Joel pulls the knife out of the person’s leg and places it in his mouth. Joel pulls out his map and tells the person to level with the knife in his mouth the place they’re, and the place the resort is, and it higher be the identical spot the opposite man factors to. After the person factors to the map, Joel stabs him useless. The opposite man says he’s not telling Joel shit, however Joel says he believes him. Then Joel grabs a pipe and beats the opposite man to dying—a fast however highly effective glimpse on the violent, damaging man Joel was, who will do something he must survive.

Tiny Little Items

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Again to Ellie, she makes an attempt to flee her cage, to no avail. As she does this, she sees one thing exterior the cage that terrifies her. David walks in, bringing her a plate of meals, and David appears to be like to see what has troubled Ellie: a random individual’s ear that has been left behind on the ground. David accepts that his secret has been discovered, and he guarantees the meals he introduced her is simply deer meat. Ellie asks in the event that they’re going to cut her up, however David says he’d reasonably not, and as soon as once more ask Ellie her identify. David says “if you wish to decide me…” earlier than Ellie kicks his meals, calling him a sick fuck for consuming folks. David admits that they do and that only some folks know, however he would’ve informed her. David says it was a final resort, and it shames him, however what was he presupposed to do, let his folks starve?

David says Ellie sees quite a bit, however so does he. David says when he appears to be like at her, he sees himself: she’s a pure chief, good, loyal, violent. David says he is aware of if he lets her out, she’ll stab him in a second as a result of she has a violent coronary heart—and he ought to know, he’s at all times had one too. He struggled with this, however as soon as the world ended, he noticed the reality, because of cordyceps. He says that cordyceps aren’t evil, they’re fruitful, they multiply, it feeds and protects their youngsters, and it protects their future with violence if it should—and it loves.

Ellie asks why he’s saying this, and David says it’s as a result of she will be able to deal with it in a manner the others can’t. The opposite folks want God, heaven, and a father, however Ellie doesn’t. All David desires is an equal and a buddy. David will get nearer to the cage, telling Ellie he can inform the others to cease searching for Joel, they usually’ll hearken to him, so long as Joel leaves them in peace as properly. Ellie contemplates this, as David states that they do what they inform him to do, they comply with him…and they might comply with each him and Ellie. David asks her to think about what they might do collectively, as he places his hand on one of many cage’s bars. David contemplates how they might develop with each of them in energy, as Ellie slowly strikes her hand nearer to his. David says to think about the life he and Ellie might construct, as he places his hand on hers. Ellie places her different hand on high of his hand…then breaks one in every of his fingers, and he or she grabs for the keys. David slams her in opposition to the bars laborious till she bleeds from the nostril, as the actual David comes out, saying simply wait and see what he tells the others now. As he walks away, Ellie states her identify. David appears to be like again, and says, “What?” to which she replies, “Inform them Ellie is the little lady who broke your fucking finger!” David retorts, “How did you set it? Tiny little items?” earlier than leaving her.

It is Okay, Child Woman

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Again to Joel, who has made it to Silverlake searching for Ellie, when he sees a path of blood within the snow. He breaks into the locked door that the path results in and finds Ellie’s pack. He finds their horse inside, after which three human our bodies tied up by their ankles with none heads. As we in the reduction of to Ellie, David and James have come to get her, and he or she screams and fights them, even biting David within the course of. They each maintain her down on a desk, and David says she had her probability, as he lifts a butcher knife. Proper earlier than he swings it down, Ellie proclaims that she’s contaminated. This stops David, as he realizes the implications of the chew she simply gave him. Ellie says he ought to take a look at her arm, and David sees the chew, to which Ellie says, “every thing occurs for a purpose, proper?” James and David can’t consider it, and as they debate it, Ellie grabs the butcher knife and stabs James within the aspect of the throat, and he or she runs whereas David shoots at her.

Ellie runs out of the room she’s been held in, and we see she’s within the steakhouse from earlier than, and he or she grabs a burning stick from a close-by hearth. David carelessly pulls the knife from James’ lifeless physique and goes to hunt Ellie. She hides with the stick as David enters the room, knife in hand. She throws the burning stick at him and misses, which rapidly catches one of many curtains on hearth. David continues to search for Ellie, telling her there’s no manner out, and that she will be able to’t be contaminated, since nobody contaminated fights this difficult to be alive. Ellie asks how she did it or if she’s simply “that fucking particular.” In the meantime, Joel makes his manner via the snowstorm with Ellie’s bag, urgently trying to find her. Again on the steakhouse, David complains about how good he’s, and the way he might’ve made Ellie’s life higher, repeating her identify, as if figuring out her true identify is sort of a present to him.

David says that neither one in every of them is dying at present And that he’s modified his thoughts—Ellie wants a father, and he’s going to maintain her and educate her. However Ellie has discovered a knife, and he or she will get the bounce on David, stabbing him within the leg, which leads him to knock her to the bottom. David climbs on high of her and tells her that the combating is what he likes essentially the most. Ellie cries as David will get nearer to her, as he says there’s “no concern in love.” However Ellie grabs the butcher knife that David has dropped, and stabs him. Then she will get on high of him with the knife, hacking away at him over and over and over as she screams, whereas David’s blood flies in her face because the constructing burns round them.

Ellie escapes the steakhouse, exhausted from killing David. When Joel finds her and surprises her, Ellie yells once more for him to get off of her, not realizing that it’s Joel. She fights him when he turns her round, and it takes her a bit to relax and notice it’s Joel. He holds Ellie’s head in her hand, saying, “It’s me,” and Ellie virtually can’t converse, as she hugs him, lastly feeling protected. At this second, Joel says, “It’s okay, child lady”—which he used to name Sarah, and what he referred to as her when she handed within the first episode. Joel says he’s bought her, and he offers Ellie his jacket, holding her and her bag as they stroll away from Silverlake, protected with one another as soon as extra.

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