After last week’s gut-wrenching epic installment of the series, THE LAST OF US utilizes this week’s episode to build the relationship between Joel and Ellie further. The change of tone is a welcome shift considering we all spent last week crying our eyes out. However, that’s not to say the latest episode is without its emotional ups and downs as our duo finds themselves in the middle of what appears to be a turf war.

This week we’re introduced to yet another threat within the Cordyceps-ridden world of the show: other people. The threat has been apparent all along, but episode 4 expands on not only the fear of what others can do but also the cast of characters within the show, including one in particular portrayed by one of my absolute favorite actors in a role that’s certain to be a force to be reckoned with (and against usual casting type for the actor). Can’t wait to see where that arc goes.

The show excels in delivering a different yet consistent tone with each episode. We’re nearly halfway through the season, and while this week’s episode didn’t pack as much of an action-driven punch as it could have, one must appreciate that it’s taking its time to get to where it’s going. I won’t say the episode felt like filler, but rather a bridge connecting the gap between what feels like acts one and two of a potentially three-act season.

THE LAST OF US is available to stream on HBO MAX.

Ricky J Duarte

[He/him/his] Ricky is an actor, singer, and writer in New York City. Passions include: theme parks, Disney villains, and watching horror movies with his cat. He's also the host of the RICK OR TREAT HORRORCAST podcast.

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