Week by week, ‘The Last of Us’ He has dedicated himself to breaking our hearts a little more every day and last week’s ‘What We Left Behind’ (1×07) was no exception with the story of Ellie (Bella Ramsey) and Riley (Storm Reid). A good original episode that, in the words of its protagonist, could have been so much more tragic.
By the way, from here spoilers from the seventh episode of the HBO Max series. Let’s remember that the episode, based on the DLC of the game, took us to Ellie’s past and how a night of happiness turns into tragedy when both she and Riley are bitten by an infected. However, the flashback is cut, implying the death of the second.
A painful ending but it could have been more according to Ramsey herself, than speaking on the podcast The Last of Pods has revealed that the original idea was to show more. The actress does not go into details, but we imagine that it is the situation that she refers to from her character episodes behind her when she talks about the first time she killed someone.
“Experiencing a Great Loss”
However, finally Craig Mazin and company preferred to leave it up in the air. According to Ramsey:
“I’ve thought a lot about it. Because I was going to report on how Ellie is progressing. I don’t know, depending on the level of trauma, it was going to be different. But there were conversations about that and I think we agreed… I don’t know whether to say it because, it’s like, I think it’s a matter of everyone’s imagination, really. But from our point of view, I think Ellie probably had to make a really difficult decision and do something that she really didn’t want to do and experience a great loss.”
In the end, It’s the viewer’s job to fill that gap:
“I don’t know if we agreed to it explicitly, and I think it’s more powerful to keep it unrecounted and keep it in people’s imaginations. Because I believe that imagination can often be darker than reality.”
And, to be honest, personally, although I would have liked to see that moment, I like that the script by Mazin and Druckmann don’t give us so much chewing things.