Kacee. Don’t read. Last of Us spoilers.
So, the ending of tLoU has been bothering me since I saw it. Mostly because, I mean, c’mon. That’s a terrible ending. I mean, it’s a good ending, it’s consistent for Joel, who will say or do anything to forgive whatever terrible deeds befall his fingers, because he is actually kind of a weak guy. Like, physically, Joel is strong as fuck. Fucker is Jean Valjean. But emotionally, he’s soft as overcooked pasta, and will do anything to excuse his terrible behavior.
His deciding to kill the Fireflies to ‘rescue’ Ellie makes perfect sense in character. He’s projecting Sarah onto Ellie something fierce, and his selfishness could be written about in greek theatre.
What doesn’t make sense?
The Fireflies not anticipating that a selfish smuggler with a twenty year track record of feats of insane survival and exceptional violence could decide to do something stupid, and not make it impossible for him to possibly, y’know… do exactly what someone of his profile might be apt to do.
Especially since, the only hallway that leads to the OR is long, straight, with no nooks or crannies.
You know what you do?
Every soldier in the group standing steady with barrels down range.
Or hell, why aren’t they doing that ANYWAY!? I know the soldiers are scarce if not entirely gone in the West, but just in fucking case?
Furthermore, why didn’t Marlene have like, six guys on her with full combat regalia when she was presenting her little not-badguy speech when Joel wakes up? So that the second he starts acting a fool, he gets turned into ground fucking beef?
Like… I like the story, and the ending is good, but this glaring failure in logic on the part of Marlene and the Fireflies feels so fucking manufactured in a game that did so damn well in making sure everyone was really well characterized.