Starting off with a grim reminder of TLOU episode 5’s heartbreaking death of Henry (Lamar Johnson) and his little brother Sam (Kevin Woodard) – The Last of Us episode 6 sets off with a time jump, three months after the confrontation with the rebels in Kansas City. Joel (Pedro Pascal) & Ellie (Bella Ramsey) are still searching for Tommy (Gabriel Luna), a task that seems like a lost cause in the winter wilderness but it soon lands them in a safe commune in Jackson, Wyoming. The settlement where Ellie also comes in contact with a mysterious new character that some fans of the video game believe could be Dina. Here’s a recap of the moments that has the latest segment trending on social media.
Is Joel dead Or dying?, that remains the question on every TLOU fan’s mind while waiting for episode 7. The cliffhanger ending of Ellie fumbling to save Joel after their run-in with a crew of miscreants has been the most impactful twist for viewers so far. Arguably, Joel and Ellie’s encounter with the old couple at a cabin might just be the only light-hearted arc to get a happy ending (they continue living on) so far in The Last of Us. Nonetheless, episode 6 is still heavy on the emotional blows, especially while exploring the potential father-daughter dynamic between Joel and Ellie. The two character’s growing bond has TLOU fans teary-eyed witnessing the moving performance of Bella Ramsey and Pedro Pascal.
Ignoring the old man’s warning, Joel continues to go West and cross the “river of Death” in hopes of finding Tommy. While there appear to be no cordyceps-infected clickers, Joel and Ellie instead find themselves surrounded by a pack of rangers in a life-or-death situation. Coincidentally, it also helps Joel reunite with his long-lost brother in a commune (run by communists?).
While Tommy is just as excited as Joel over their reunion, the bad blood between the brothers soon spews when Joel realizes Tommy has moved on. In fact, it’s also where viewers are introduced to Maria (Rutina Wesley), the leader of the thriving commune and Tommy’s wife. The Last of Us episode 6 does not offer a lot of screentime to the world-building elements of the Jackson settlement – it rather explores the character arc of Joel, Ellie, Tommy and Maria. In one instance, they do seem like a dysfunctional family seated at the dinner table but sadly, there’s not a lot of room for wholesome moments.
Pedro Pascal’s acting chops for Joel’s emotional scenes in The Last of Us episode 6 have gained a lot of praise
The Last of Us episode 6 digs deeper into the vulnerable aspects of Joel, a man who realizes he is not in his prime state and doubts his ability to deliver Ellie to the Fireflies. Initially, Joel is shown struggling with a heart issue during his journey in the cold. But more than his immediate health crisis, it’s Joel’s daunting past memories that haunt him.
There’s a brief scene where Joel mistakes a woman in the commune for his daughter Sarah. The sequence highlights the underlying trauma that Joel continues to face, which also explains his appalling behavior towards Tommy after finding out his brother would be a father. Speaking of which, Joel is also forced to face his newfound love for Ellie
“You gave them soup?”
“It’s cold out.”
Can we get an episode focused on them please? #TheLastOfUs #TheLastOfUsHBO pic.twitter.com/nKvgJ7cUIr
— hkay (@hkaaayyyy) February 20, 2023
Finished watching Episode 6 of The Last of Us and it was sooo goood.
Joel and Ellie together in a scene are everything. Istg if that's it for them together then I don't even wanna watch further 🥲💔#TheLastOfUs pic.twitter.com/5QUQ8VjMFv
— Randomparticle (@randomparticle3) February 20, 2023
the last of us show creators’ on that sweet moment between Joel and Ellie from episode 6:
“It’s a father and it’s a daughter, and they love each other, and they’re at peace. They have finally occupied the place they’re supposed to be.” #TheLastOfUs pic.twitter.com/FElTGquzGE
— stardust 🌙 (@forthotsunsaid) February 22, 2023
HBOs having another Starbucks cup incident
A camera crew in episode 6 of The Last of Us pic.twitter.com/gRxMaCEBCR
— Steve 🎥 (@SteveRogers1943) February 20, 2023
Just finished episode 6 of the last of us AND WAS THIS FUCKING DINA???? pic.twitter.com/qQN5qxo5Rn
— 🫀Rogue🫀 (@RogueSfm) February 20, 2023
Joel in Episode 6 of The Last Of Us #TheLastOfUs #TheLastOfUsEp6 #TheLastOfUsHBO #JoelMiller pic.twitter.com/LP1nu4m2oO
— Becca Sandergaard (@BecSandergaard) February 21, 2023
This is where the waterworks started for me on The Last of Us episode 6. 😢pic.twitter.com/sDyVICFIP0
— Aman Chaudhary – Artist✌🏽🏳️🌈 (@AmanCreates) February 20, 2023
ellie and joel were reaaaallly familying this episode #TheLastOfUsHBO #TheLastOfUs pic.twitter.com/4rz6oEAlnm
— dauntless declan (@ganseyfromme) February 20, 2023
Watching men react to ep 6 and be confused as to what the menstrual cup is EVERY TIME pic.twitter.com/vJRTIS3Iu0
— Bella Ramsey emmy campaign manager (@rejectedhannah) February 20, 2023
i’m not even being biased when i say that every single episode of ‘the last of us’ has been fucking phenomenal. the acting, especially from pedro pascal and bella ramsey, have been nothing short of extraordinary. the cinematography, the soundtrack, the editing. it’s perfect!
— everett • tlou spoilers! 🌿 (@hisbrokenwatch) February 20, 2023
just finished watching episode 6 of The Last of Us pic.twitter.com/Du484M2FGR
— shreyo del toro (@soberxo3) February 20, 2023
THE LAST OF US Episode 6 features some of the finest acting in the series yet finally allowing the audience a look into Joel's soul and psyche thanks to Pedro Pascal's top-notch performance. The focus was on fleshing out Joel's relationships and we were all the better for it. pic.twitter.com/3pYsSSy4kM
— Michael Cox (@mjcox111) February 20, 2023
Episode six really just felt like Bella Ramsey transformed herself into Ellie. It’s getting harder and harder for me to be able to tell the difference between the two and I love that! #TheLastOfUs pic.twitter.com/ikCoGFtjMJ
— Daren 🏳️🌈⚡️🎉 (@Daren_Mcclimans) February 21, 2023
i don’t wanna hear anyone say anything about bella ramsey as ellie ever again this is one of the most important scenes in the whole story and he absolutely killed it #TheLastofUs pic.twitter.com/2mE26gH6gm
— jordyn (@idleworshipps) February 20, 2023
From the starting of the last of us episode 6 I was like this episode is way too cheerful and them boom this scene popped out and I was a crying mess 😭#TheLastOfUs pic.twitter.com/4ecRPIrgid
— Boruto (@boruto_oo7) February 20, 2023
the horse at the end of episode 6 of the last of us pic.twitter.com/jI1abt9CkR
— 🎏 (@zxygarde) February 20, 2023
WATCH LAST OF US FOR GOD’S SAKE
I was so pissed I couldn’t tweet about it, episode 6 was amazing in how it changed the Jackson section but still did everything right and referenced Part 2??? INSANE.
— the loathsome ewan (@ColonelCactus) February 22, 2023
This moment was so wholesome. One of my favorite parts of the episode tbh 🥰#TheLastOfUsHBO pic.twitter.com/jjCMpdG2Sx
— Dav3_LastOfUs 🌿 (@DCTLOUVP) February 21, 2023
NOOOOOOOOOO WHAT WAS THAT ENDING FOR EPISODE 6 OF THE LAST OF US NO WAY MAN NAHHHH
— mør (@moristiko) February 22, 2023
By the end, it seems like Joel and Ellie have come to terms with their visceral feelings for each other and although it remains unsaid – they give into their growing father-daughter dynamic, with even Joel taking the time to teach Ellie to use a rifle.
Sadly, their cheerful bonding is interrupted when they visit the fireflies base at the University of Eastern Colorado. While the Fireflies have abandoned the location, Joel learns through a map that heading towards Salt Lake City to a place called “St. Marys.” might lead to them. However, it is also where Joel is impaled in the stomach by a shattered baseball bat while fighting off a miscreant-Esque person.
Amidst all the important plot exploration in the Last of Us episode 6, Ellie encounters a mysterious girl staring at her when seated with Maria and Tommy in the commune. It’s a brief moment but Ellie scares her away and while it’s brushed off as irrelevant to the main story, some eagle-eyed TLOU fans believe that character is indeed Dina.
For those that haven’t played The Last of Us Part II, Dina is Ellie’s love interest and is somewhat of a deuteragonist in her arc. Dina was expected to be introduced in season 2 so it remains to be seen if this obscure actor is indeed playing the said character or is just an extra.
Besides the narrative, The Last of Us episode 6 drew the viewer’s attention with an accidental cameo. A production crew member was spotted in a wide-angle shot when Joel and Ellie are shown crossing the bridge in Wyoming. Meanwhile, fans are eagerly waiting for episode 7 to see what lies ahead for Ellie with Joel on the brink of death.
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