'The Last of Us' : What does the future look like for Ellie and Joel in HBO series

'The Last of Us' : What does the future look like for Ellie and Joel in HBO series
Pedro Pascal (Joel) and Bella Ramsey (Ellie) in 'The Last of Us' (HBO)

Spoilers for 'The Last of Us' Episode 2

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: As Tess' passing concluded 'The Last of Us' Episode 2, Joel and Ellie embarked on their own quest to a particular location. Joel, Tess, and Ellie continued to the State House to deliver Ellie to the Fireflies after coming across two Clickers at a museum earlier in the episode. Even Tess, who was bitten by a Clicker, had contracted the infection because the Fireflies in the State House were either dead or diseased.

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Tess begs Joel to give Ellie to the Fireflies because she is now desperate to finish their mission because of her unpleasant reaction to the bite, which has made her more certain than ever of Ellie's immunity. In the video games, Tess manages this by instructing Joel to take Ellie to Tommy, but in 'The Last of Us' Episode 2, Joel and Ellie travel to a different place that was indicated by the radio song from the previous episode. Joel is instructed by Tess to bring Ellie to Frank and Bill, two of their contacts in the smuggling business.

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Anna Torv as Tess in 'The Last of Us' (HBO)
Anna Torv as Tess in 'The Last of Us' (HBO)

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Tess’ Death And Infected Tendrils Explained

'The Last of Us' Episode 2 ends with Tess' terrible demise as shown by the revelation of her bite and Joel's reluctant approval to take Ellie to Bill and Frank. Tess stays behind to detonate the State House in an effort to delay her transformation into a monster, allow Joel and Ellie (played by Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey, respectively) sometimes, and exact some undoubtedly overdue vengeance on the infected. Tess is waiting for the horde with a lighter after dumping oil barrels and tossing the Fireflies' grenades into the oil-covered floor. This results in one of the most terrifying scenes from 'The Last of Us' thus far.

This sequence relates to the tendrils, which take the place of the game's initial spores in HBO's 'The Last of Us'. In Episodes 1 and 2, the tendrils could be seen sticking out of the lips of their afflicted hosts, which explains how the sickness is spread by bites. An infected pushes its tendrils into Tess' lips in an appalling image, as Tess has been bitten and will probably start showing indicators of this such as tendrils. Other than the chronology shifts in 'The Last of Us', the tendrils represent the biggest change from the game to yet.

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Bella Ramsey as Ellie in a still from 'The Last of Us' (HBO)
Bella Ramsey as Ellie in a still from 'The Last of Us' (HBO)

What does the future look like for Ellie and Joel?

Tess tells Joel to take Ellie to Bill and Frank after pleading with him to continue their mission. She promises that they will remove Ellie from his care and give her to the Fireflies. The radio message and the fleeting glimpses of Bill and Frank in the show's marketing videos both strongly suggest that they reside in a town outside of the Boston QZ. The explanation for this was also suggested by Ellie's deciphering of the radio code. It was determined that the radio code indicated whether Bill and Frank had something new, had nothing new, or were warning of danger.

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'The Last of Us' creators have stated that Bill and Frank's plot would alter slightly for the upcoming season of the HBO series. In the game, Bill is by himself when Joel and Ellie arrive in his town. While Frank is mentioned, he is only ever seen physically once, lying dead after failing to escape Bill and the town. The two's relationship is alluded to but never fully explained.

New episodes of 'The Last of Us' release every Sunday on HBO.

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