This text incorporates main spoilers for Episode 2 of HBO’s The Final of Us and for The Final of Us online game.
The second episode of The Final of Us aired on HBO on Sunday and a few followers have been left a bit confused by its closing scene.
Creators Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann at all times claimed to remain largely loyal to the unique PlayStation 3 sport’s story but additionally stated they’d combine it up when mandatory, and the primary of those main shifts arrived on the finish of episode two.
It could have come as a specific shock to some, nonetheless, because the scene was arrange nearly precisely the identical as the sport. This is one closing spoiler warning earlier than we talk about the ending of HBO’s The Final of Us episode two.
The present sees Tess exit in grotesque style after getting contaminated, with a Clicker laying a disgusting kiss on her together with his mouth tendrils. Some followers favored the change, some hated it, and others have been simply… grossed out.
god i’ve so many questions did it acknowledge her as contaminated was it simply hoping to unfold it to her sooner why wasn’t it violent why’d it undergo her mouth are they going to be linked now how lengthy does it take to switch how did she keep lucid that lengthy h #TheLastOfUsHBO pic.twitter.com/DGZHtItstD
— 🧟 loverboy 🫀 (@bitchboyblues) January 23, 2023
That Final of Us episode was so rattling good, however can anybody give me one strong motive as to why that contaminated needed to shove its tongue down Tess’ throat and ship the probably the most disgusting trying kisses I’ve ever seen on dwell TV?? 💔💔 #TheLastofUs #HBO pic.twitter.com/SwnwYcvDxO
— Jordy (@JordyD127) January 23, 2023
killing zombies bc they have been as soon as ppl and he was by no means in a position to reply the query bc Tess interrupted him. It was like a full circle second of exhibiting some form of humanity within the zombie, nearly like this kiss was this instinctive human motion even tho the aim was to contaminate
— ♡ auntie homosexual ♡ (@ASVPxBocky) January 23, 2023
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i’ll 100% % say it was pointless having the contaminated kiss tess for some silly ass motive. like certain it was gross and creepy however like…. what was the rationale lol
— 🌘 hidy 🌒 (@hidytxt) January 23, 2023
I don’t get the hate over the kiss scene in final of us, Tess was nearing the tip the an infection would have been protecting her mind at that time and that’s why most contaminated ran previous her it’s apparent they will sense and never assault different contaminated, the one which kissed
— Maher (@UhAhhhmm) January 23, 2023
Mazin, nonetheless, stated the kiss truly makes extra sense then Tess getting torn aside.
“We have been already speaking about tendrils popping out [of the infected’s mouths] and we have been asking these philosophical questions: ‘Why are contaminated folks violent? If the purpose is to unfold the fungus, why do they have to be violent?,'” he stated. “We landed on that they don’t. They’re violent as a result of we resist, however what for those who don’t? What does it appear like for those who simply stand completely nonetheless and allow them to do that to you?
“Then we landed on this nightmare gas. It’s disturbing and it’s violative. I feel it’s very primal in the way in which it invades your personal physique.”
Druckmann added that the departure from the sport – the place Tess is killed in the identical scene, in the identical constructing, however by troopers – was additionally to slot in with the episode’s theme, which is blatantly titled Contaminated.
“As a result of we’re merciless to the characters we love a lot, it felt like she is aware of she’s finished for, after which the lighter doesn’t work, and we take her all the way in which to the sting of horror earlier than we lastly give her an out,” he added.”
Even nonetheless, Mazin acknowledges that it is “all proper” that followers are upset. “I don’t blame them,” he advised Selection. “All people desires of engaged on one thing the place the fan engagement is to this degree, the place folks will argue about these items or really feel captivated with them. I do really feel typically, for those who simply see the way it goes, I feel you’ll be OK.”
Episode two additionally launched clickers and introduced one of many sport’s scariest scenes to life, and regardless of the departure on the finish, additionally shared a ton of different similarities.
In our 9/10 overview of the episode, IGN stated: “A incredible mix of edge-of-your-seat pressure, memorable character moments, and fascinating backstory, episode two of The Final of Us opens up the horrors of its world for all to see.”
Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelancer and appearing UK information editor. He’ll speak about The Witcher all day.