Warning: This article contains spoilers for The last of us Season 1.HBO’s The last of us The first season just ended. Audiences got the first haunting survival story finale as well as a cliffhanger that teases an obvious second season. Both viewers and critics enjoyed the adventures of Joel (Pedro Pascal) and Ellie (Bella Ramsey) as they struggle to find their way in a post-apocalyptic environment. Not only was the path of these two heroes strewn with infected human remains in the form of zombies, there were also very different civilizations striving for survival.
While Ellie and Joel are the obvious protagonists of the series, the small communities they meet are, in many ways, what the series title indicates. The last of us It can be interpreted in two ways. For the uninitiated, it refers to a context of survival in which only a small percentage of humanity has managed to survive this deadly plague that still threatens to exterminate the human race. In a second and more interesting take, The last of us It can also relate to what is left of humanity in terms of social contracts and how the threat of death alters them.
During this season, the most shocking moments occurred when the characters engaged in actions that would not normally occur in a civilized society, let alone traditional violent segments. Here’s what the show says is the last of us, humans, after a terrible pandemic.
Freedom Fighters and Collective Living
The last of us It describes a borderline totalitarian state that cannot contain an out-of-control pandemic. In many cities, Quarantine Districts (QCs) have become the place where children develop, being taught in a world that practically no longer exists. Suspicion of injury is a one-way ticket to execution, and any form of apparent insubordination is also punishable by death.
The response to this is the fireflies, a freedom movement trying to resist this system. Needless to say, the fireflies aren’t innocent either, it just so happens that killing is common currency in this new world. However, the Fireflies are fighting back against the military’s control of the situation, which, incidentally, treats Joel’s daughter in the first episode and is the reason violence became socially acceptable in the first place.
But not everything is violence. In Episode 6, Joel is finally reunited with his brother, Tommy (Gabriel Luna). His long-lost brother lives in a community where property is communal, and there is enough food and entertainment for everyone. The characters even make a joke about the annoyance of being called a communist, which is an accurate word to describe this situation.
This moment in the series is a great response to the initial question for two reasons. First, because of its contrast with the other violent communities that Joel and Ellie cross path. It is the first time that the collapse of society does not mean chaos in the show. The second discrepancy comes from Joel’s position. Character development throughout the series is deep and turbulent. After losing his daughter and through some ellipses, the audience is presented with a misanthropic Joel who has little to do with the traditional rules of living in society. Effortlessly killing people, fighting back, and living with himself, Pedro Pascal’s character couldn’t feel properly happy about his brother’s upcoming fatherhood.
Back to the point, the Fireflies and the communist town of Tommy have something in common: they live for a collective cause. Ultimately, The Last of Us as a concept shows that there is harmony to survive as long as there is a sense of something greater than them.
Blindly following the law of revenge and individualism
In contrast to the previous examples, not every group experiment is successful. In Episode 8, Ellie is kidnapped by the community led by David, a preacher. Unlike Tommy’s society, this one has limited resources, even to the point of frequent cannibalism in order to survive. Faith fills the gaps in this community, and its leader faints with force. The last of us humans, for this impoverished microcosm is its primitive sense of justice. Joel kills one of its members to defend himself, and they respond by trying to execute him at every opportunity. Joel’s wild side becomes apparent once again as he relives and attempts to save Ellie.
Another contradiction to this is the individuality of the other survivors. While many critics and part of the audience may agree that the third episode is one of the best. Featuring the touching love story of Bill (Nick Offerman) and Frank (Murray Bartlett), this episode also includes an absolutely liberating attitude, especially from Bill. The character only desires to save herself (and later Frank), living a life of luxury even after society collapses. Interestingly, “the last of us” also means that every man for himself (or for his family) is a strong opposition to the cases revealed before. Oddly enough, Joel and Ellie meet a very polite and polite couple at the beginning of Episode 6, who live in a snowy environment. These two are not unlike Bill and Frank, proving that there may be more people in the world who have chosen to take comfortable shelter after the collapse of society.
finally, The last of us is socially interesting, showing the audience the worst and the best in humans after an apocalyptic event. However, the video game-inspired story’s strength lies in its fascinating characters and social commentary on what it means to be human after a catastrophic pandemic. Hopefully, the second season will give viewers more engaging views of humanity.