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Is the Final of Us Half II Too Darkish?

WARNING: This text comprises main spoilers.

The Final of Us Half II, not like the primary recreation, has a permeating sense of dread that’s felt all through the meaty marketing campaign. Each second is rife with rigidity, it’s foreboding, like A24’s Hereditary the place one thing at all times feels off. The lighter moments are sometimes shortly forged down and barely offers you an opportunity to experience what little pleasure there was. Is it an excessive amount of dread? Is it too darkish? The notorious giraffe scene within the first recreation is really The Final of Us at its sweetest, it’s a quick respite from the horrors but to return however we’re nonetheless tentatively hopeful that issues will work out for our two beloved characters. Scenes just like the aforementioned giraffe scene, Ellie and Joel driving collectively after leaving Invoice’s city and Ellie pretending to examine into a protracted deserted resort are just some examples of how the primary recreation feels extra palatable. The primary recreation is a a lot simpler recreation to abdomen and observe as a result of it’s telling a extra conventional story, we root for Joel as a result of he’s taking good care of Ellie and we like them, so naturally we’re rooting for them. In The Final of Us Half II, there may be not a lot hope. Not for Joel, not for Ellie, much less even for this world these characters inhabit. It paints a bleak image, actually too, greater than half the sport is spent in a darkish overcast and Seattle greater than lives as much as its identify with all of the torrential rain pouring down.

I by no means liked a recreation that harm me a lot. After Joel was brutally murdered by Abby, I needed to pause the sport and go for a stroll. I didn’t try this as a result of I used to be enraged and simply needed to dm Naughty Canine for ruining the sport, I walked out as a result of I used to be saddened by it. Partly shocked after all, however I used to be actually shaken up emotionally. I can barely watch that scene even now. Seeing the ache in Joel’s eyes as he fastened his final gaze on Ellie proper earlier than Abby finishes the job is among the most heart-wrenching photographs I’ve ever seen in any medium.  Not for the reason that very starting of the primary recreation when Joel’s daughter Sarah will get gunned down have I ever felt such sorrow. We’re as pinned down and helpless as Ellie on this scene, subjected to observe a beloved character get his cranium bashed in. 

One other second the place I needed to step away was when Ellie savagely stabs Mel within the neck solely to find she was pregnant the entire time. That’s as darkish because it will get and it obtained me good. I needed to get a glass of whiskey after that and simply regroup. It’s additionally value noting Ellie fatally shoots Owen on this scene, including to her cruel physique depend. The Mel dying scene works on many ranges, we see Ellie stab what number of unsuspecting individuals within the neck? What number of of them have been doubtless pregnant? It’s a darkish rabbit gap to enter and Mel’s dying is additional punctuated a lot later within the recreation once we swap to Abby. Mel is speaking to her about how she might by no means be capable of do what she did to Joel regardless of believing he deserved it. Mel just isn’t certainly one of them, she’s not an Abby and she or he’s no Ellie, and but she died simply as brutally as their victims in the long run. It’s this countless cycle of violence. We kill a lot on this recreation that we, like Ellie, lose sight of what’s actually value it in the long run. Will a lot dying convey that a lot closure?

When Dina is pleading her to not chase after Abby after they’ve settled down properly with a toddler and the farm of her desires, you already see the cycle of violence has turn into mindless. Observe this:

  •   Abby killed Joel.
  •  However Joel killed her dad and together with it the desires of the fireflies.
  •  Nonetheless, Abby spares Ellie and Tommy.
  •  Ellie kills all of Abby’s associates, besides fortunately Lev.
  •  Abby unceremoniously kills Jesse, however spares Tommy once more.

Why proceed this cycle? Ellie is consumed with a lot darkness, fueled by her PTSD and Tommy’s horrific timing in egging her on on the farm. The issues I yelled on the TV can be too incomprehensible to put in writing in phrases. Nonetheless, regardless of how loud I yelled out to Ellie, she didn’t hearken to me and she or he didn’t hearken to Dina both. That is one other extremely darkish second, as we see Ellie slip away from an unsuspecting, sleeping Dina and their child, by no means to return to a full of life home ever once more. It’s these moments within the Final of Us Half II that actually makes you admire the boldness and dangers undertaken by Naughty Canine. How darkish is simply too darkish? Ought to Ellie have died? Ought to she have murdered Abby? What do you assume ought to have occurred to our characters? Depart your feedback and theories down beneath.

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