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Does Ellie Die in ‘The Last of Us’ Season 1 Finale? Here’s If Joel Can ‘Keep Her Safe Forever’


Warning: This article contains spoilers for The Last of Us season one finale. As HBO’s record-breaking, post-apocalyptic series comes to an end, viewers are wondering if Ellie dies in The Last of Us finale, as Bella Ramsey—the actor who played her—warned the ending was going to “massively divide” people.

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Of course, people who have played the game on which the TV is based already know the answer to that question and from an ethical perspective, Ramsey is right. As in the game, the season one finale prompts viewers with one of the great moral conundrums. For the uninitiated, The Last of Us is set 20 years after a devastating pandemic that wiped out most of humankind. The disease, a parasitic fungus known as Cordyceps, quickly overtakes the host’s body and mind. Horribly mutated and aggressive, they become what’s known as “the infected”. Joel (Pedro Pascal), a hardened survivor, is hired to smuggle Ellie (Bella Ramsey), a 14-year-old girl, out of an oppressive quarantine zone. What starts as a small job soon becomes a brutal and heartbreaking journey as they both must traverse the US and depend on each other for…

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