After the genuine heartbreak of episode three, things are a lot more casual in this week’s episode of HBO’s The Last of Us. It’s an episode with plenty of references to the game, and the set up of some deviations that we are beginning to become accustomed to. But at the centre of it all we have Joel and Ellie, who are finally getting that extended one on one time.
While the latest episode, entitled 'Please Hold on to My Hand', isn’t quite as dramatic or even memorable as the last episode, there are plenty of stellar subtle moments between its two leads that keep things interesting. In our first episode review, we said that we weren’t sold on Ramsey’s portrayal of Ellie, but it feels as though the actress has grown more comfortable with the role as time has gone on. The mish-mash of humour, anxiety, and trauma is delicately balanced in Ramsey’s performance here, and we reckon this will go a long way to winning over those that were initially unsure about her casting.
While Pascal has continually impressed with his more dead-pan take on Joel Miller, it is together that the two characters really come to life. And episode director, Jeremy Webb, isn’t afraid to hone in on the quiet moments. While the cutscenes in the game were excellent, a lot of our love for these characters stemmed from the downtime we got with them as they traversed cities, countryside, and dilapidated neighbourhoods. It’s nice to see that those mundane gameplay moments are being revisited in the TV show, as the two bicker and even chuckle together as an infamous pun book finally makes its appearance.
Truthfully, we could have watched double the episode length of Joel and Ellie getting to know each other, and one of episode four’s biggest sins is being too damn short. Checking in as the shortest of the episodes so far, we found ourselves shouting at the screen as the credits snuck up on us. The superb pacing which is interlaced with the aforementioned character moments and small bursts of violence will ensure that this episode goes by in a flash. It certainly will leave you eager for next week, as for the first time we have a story set-up that doesn’t entirely conclude in a singular episode.
That’s because, of course, we are seeing some expansion of the story from the game that continually serves to flesh out this world. And while we won’t go into details here, we are very intrigued to see how it all pans out. If you are looking for some spoilery speculation, then head over to the Push Square YouTube channel, where we get into all of the details.
After a riotous handful of episodes, 'Please Hold on to My Hand' slows its pace to focus on the smaller character moments. Fans of the series and the games alike will find themselves grinning away at the cute interactions, which at this point feel entirely earned. But of course, this is The Last of Us, so you still have your bursts of violence, and we especially loved getting to see Ellie react to it all. While it may not be quite as impactful as the other episodes, this week gave us a breather, one still filled with death and danger but also a modicum of hope. This is the yin and yang of The Last of Us, and it's heart-warming to see those moments of light among the dark.
To find out when you can tune in for the next episode, click through to our Where to Watch The Last of Us TV Show guide. Additionally, our Full Cast List provides more details about the actors and characters. And of course, be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.
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A completely different flavour to episode 3 (thank god, I don’t think my heart could’ve taken something too similar twice in a row) but loved every minute of it. Again with the deviations, they just work for the medium really well imo. And so glad the puns are flowing thick and fast between the two of them already. 😸
It’s just so good. I’m baffled by those who criticize the pace, the action, the character development, and the deviation from the source material, because it’s clear this was never meant to be a 1:1 remake. If that’s seriously what you’re looking for, go play the PS5 remaster!
"In our first episode review, we said that we weren’t sold on Ramsey’s portrayal of Ellie, but it feels as though the actress has grown more comfortable with the role as time has gone on"
Pretty sure the show isn't filmed in order!
How many episodes are left now? Is this the halfway mark?
Great episode, as always, they are doing amazing. The next one is going to be really action packed for the haters that only wanted infected and bullets, and felt vulnerable with last weeks' episode.
@kyleforrester87 not yet, sadly there are only 9 total episodes, so my best guess is...
-Stop reading if you didn't play the game-
5th episode is Kansas City, 6th is Tommy's Dam, 7th and 8th I would guess Lakeside Resort + Left Behind in between. 9th episode is the firefly lab
Reminder to everyone that episode 5 will be airing two days early so that it is not on the same time as the Super Bowl.
Everything since the quite-good first episode has been a letdown. Everything about it just feels like kinda faceless, generic "prestige TV" (a genre in the decline, as there hasn't been a show of the Sopranos/Deadwood/Mad Men-level quality in years). Like, it's well-acted, well-written, and the production values are there, but it feels more like the show runners are explicitly just trying to make a video game adaptation with a prestige sheen, and aren't bothering too much with justifying why this is different enough from, say, The Walking Dead (which TLOU is admittedly much better than, but has so much in common with, thematically, that this just feels like a retread at times.) Just my two cents. I like the games, and Pascal is pretty good in this, but yeah, it's leaving me cold.
@GuyProsciutto wasn't a fan of episode 3 ,reminded me of the late seasons of the walking dead ,talky talky, walky walky,its hard to care about characters that are just introduced ,the walking dead did it all the time..."Daniels dead" they tearily proclaimed ,and I'm sat there thinking ,who the hell is Daniel.
@Controller-Drift why call them haters because they didn't like episode 3 ,it was boring ,I hate that saccharin crap,over an hour no thanks
It was a good episode.
@tallythwack Well, if the reason you didn't like the episode was because it was too slow for you, or you were really expecting the school scene or a bit of action in the end, I can understand. I liked the episode, but in that sense it is a matter of subjective taste and I understand you.
But if the underlying reason someone didn't like the episode was because of the gay scenes, saying it was too woke and not related to the game, which in fact was just developing Bill's arc and giving him a happier ending, then yes, those are just haters.
@Controller-Drift hmm, I thought the gay scenes where uneccesary and a bit cringey ,two dudes just met one another, and its hi ho off to bed we go ,but id feel the same if it was a straight couple ,and I have a feeling that if Bill was a woman ,the old Internet would be saying Frank was a bit creepy, and taking advantage of a woman with clear mental issues.
Jury’s still out for me. I feel like the more the show progresses, the less they feel like Joel and Ellie.
Pedro was very out of character in this episode.
The dialogue was a bit clumsy too. Ellie: ‘Joel, did you kill innocent people?’ Now, I wanted him to say… ‘The world changed and we did what we had to to survive.’ But instead he just hangs his head in shame and continues up the stairs in silence.
Agreed, we could have had another 10-20 minutes of their journey before getting to the city, that would have been great
@mus422 yeah… So far on the show, Joel and Ellie have had a single encounter with two clickers and a single encounter with two raiders. In the game, they had been through so much more by this point.
Sorry, I forgot the half-buried infected guy who Ellie kills in the gas station. He wasn’t really a threat though.
I don’t think they have done a particularly good job at making the world seem all that dangerous so far.
Meh, I have zero interest in this. Story wise the first game did it for me. Didn't need no DLCs, no sequels, and no film/tv adaptation. It was perfect, open ended, free in its beginnings, you could let your imagination fly.
You all enjoy yourselves I was out when the credits roled on the first one (well, actually replayed it three times LOL).
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