Review: The Last of Us Episode 4

    While last week we got a rather sad love story, this week we’re back into it. The Last of Us Episode 4 has been released on HBO and NowTV. I’ve got to commend this series. Each episode is keeping me on edge. While we know the story, the series keeps us on edge by expanding on the source material. Additionally, Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey continue to excel in their roles. Finally, we’re also seeing more of the Hunters. Well, these are rouge people running around being jerks.

    Melanie Lynskey makes her appearance in The Last of Us Episode 4. She takes on the role of Kathleen, an apparent leader of the revolutionary movement that Joel and Ellie discover. Episode 4 also highlights what else is going on in the world. Especially the hostile side of things. As an example of this, we see the faction led by Kathleen. But typically, we’ve just seen the government doing what it could. This episode really highlights how humanity takes the fight into its own hands.

    Pedro Pascal as “Joel” (Via HBO)

    A World Forgotten

    The Last of Us Episode 4 quickly establishes the world before the virus. It’s something that each episode of the series has done ever so well. For example, the second episode gave light on the actual outbreak. However, the third episode also highlighted what the military did to the civilians who could not make it into a quarantine zone. Here in episode 4, we also see remnants of the old world. Seeing abandoned fuel stations, collapsed train lines and more reminders as Joel and Ellie travel the states.

    We’re also provided more backstories for Joel and Tommy (Gabriel Luna). While we haven’t seen or heard of Tommy since episode one, it’s good to get his backstory. It’s also filling in the gaps between episode one’s opening and the present day. However, it would have been nice to see these as flashbacks. An interesting development is that of the abandoned quarantine zones in Kansas City. It raises the world’s question that not all these zones would be safe. Eventually, some would fall due to a lack of resources and more.

    Pedro Pascal as “Joel” and Bella Ramsey as “Ellie” (Via HBO)

    The Last of Us Episode 4 Highlights People

    With the introduction of Kathleen, we also see the extent people go to. While the world of The Last of Us sees the government barely in control, we also see what it’s like when humans take back control. We’ve already seen the Fireflies, but this episode highlights regular people. However, it appears even they have a secret. Well, to be specific, Kathleen has a secret. She is hiding something from her people. It looks like something related to the virus. However, we don’t find out what it is in this episode.

    Kathleen is an original character for The Last of Us series. It seems episode 5 will also see more of her story. As The Last of Us Episode 4 leaves us on a cliffhanger. Likely with the people she has been hunting this whole time. Hopefully, the story in the future will show us how FEDRA were overthrown in this quarantine zone. For example, episode one highlights how they maintain a very loose level of control. They’re constantly being challenged by the civilians, but also the Fireflies at the same time.

    Additionally, we’re teased with Kathleen’s hunt. She appears to be hunting for someone named “Henry”. I feel Henry might be the person who sneaks up on Jole and Ellie at the end of The Last of Us Episode 4. It would make sense. Therefore further cementing, we’ll spend more time in this area before meeting up with Tommy.

    Melanie Lynskey as Kathleen (Via HBO)


    Overall, The Last of Us Episode 4 does character development and world-building well. We see the forgotten world and what has been left behind. However, Ellie is developing more and more. Her scene of shooting the hunter to save Joel’s life was a highlight in this episode. On the other hand, the story is still going at a nice pace, I think. While yes, episode 3 did slow us down with Bill (Nick Offerman) and Frank’s (Murray Barlett) sad story, Episode 4 picks us right back up again and throws the viewer into the action.

    The nine-episode first season of the HBO Original drama series The Last of Us Premiere debuted on Sunday, January 15th at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on HBO and is available to stream in 4K on HBO Max. However, the series is available in the United Kingdom via Sky Atlantic and NowTV from January 16th 2023. The series also airs on Crave in Canada, Binge in Australia and Neon in New Zealand.

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