Best Cutscene Moments in the Last of Us

There were a lot of moments in the game that, whether good or bad, added to the detail of the whole story itself.

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1Ellie kills David

Wow. I really felt something during this scene. Ellie was so scared but strong that she went into a frenzy, and then when Joel comes in and she tries to wrestle him off of her because she is still terrified and in shock from what just happened. When Joel calls her "baby girl", I lost it and started crying.
Joel had been so cold to her up until then, but was slowly beginning to trust her. This scene is the first time you get some insight into just how much he really cares about her, because he didn't like to show it before. Instead of just saying "it's okay, get up, you're fine", he holds her face and says "it's okay, it's me baby girl" and hugs her.

Really big character moment for Ellie. She sliced the hell out of David. I would have actually been scared to see what she left him looking like. Then when Joel comes in, it gets really touching as Joel and Ellie share sort of their first real father-daughter moment. - MetalFoREVer1228

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2Joel and Ellie arrive at Tommy's dam

The way the game ends is just very... Interesting to say the least. Ellie admits that everyone she cared about was lost to the infection, and Joel swears that what he said about others being immune is true, even when it wasn't. - MetalFoREVer1228

3Joel tortures two of David's men

Joel would go this far just to save Ellie. Damn, what a guy. - MetalFoREVer1228

4Henry kills Sam and commits suicide

This particular moment really added to the intensity and the emotional aspect of the story. It kinda got to me a little bit too. Shame it happened because I actually liked Henry a little. Also sucks that he had to kill his infected brother - MetalFoREVer1228

5Joel kills Ethan
6Joel kills Marlene for Ellie's protection

It shifts back and forth to when the confrontation is taking place and to when Joel and Ellie are riding off in a car while he tells her that there are others immune to the fungus. - MetalFoREVer1228

7Tess and Joel kill Robert
8Ellie saves Joel from being drowned

He climbs a ladder, gets knocked down, then the guy tries drowning Joel when out of nowhere... BOOM! Ellie blows his brains out. It's not entirely a cutscene, though. Just when it shows Ellie holding the gun. - MetalFoREVer1228

9Ellie fights her way out of the University while Joel is wounded

This isn't entirely a cutscene either. You're playing as Joel but can't really do anything other than watch as Ellie clears the way. You help her maybe once by using a revolver. - MetalFoREVer1228

10Sarah's death

It really shows what Joel had to go through before the Fireflies and meeting Ellie and all that. He lost his own daughter - MetalFoREVer1228

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11Joel finds Ellie after she runs away

After Ellie takes one of the horses from the Dam, Joel and his brother chase her to a House in the middle of nowhere. After a bit Joel finds Ellie in one of the bedrooms. They have a heart-to-heart discussion where Ellie explains her upset over Joel wanting her to go with Tommy' s, saying "Now don't tell me I'd be better off with someone else, because the truth is I'd just be more scared." This represents a large milestone in character development for Ellie, showing her need for Joel and her true fright of "Being Alone", as first surfaced during her late night discussion with Sam. But, this cutscene does not only reveal for Ellie. Joel responds to her heartfelt speech with coldness and bitterness, explaining that he does not care for her, she is not his problem, and that he is just doing a job. This ramps up for a even bigger development when Joel eventually warms up to Ellie, especially in the "Ellie kills David" Cutscene.

Why is this not #1? Nothing very important even happened in this cut scene and it still makes me cry every time. It's the voice acting that takes the stage here.

12Ellie's first scene
13"20 Years Later"
14Joel takes Ellie from the surgery room

I guess this kinda ties in with the "Joel kills Marlene" cutscene, but I liked this part of it especially. You can see how much Joel is conflicting with himself after killing all those fireflies to save Ellie, really for his own selfish purpose. I'm not saying what he did was right or wrong, but you can see that in the moment he takes Ellie from the hospital bed he is scared, sad, and confused all at the same time. He knows that he might regret what he does in the future, but he has to do it. This scene gives off so many feelings and thoughts, it unbelievable.

15Joel lies to Ellie

Such a sad scene, because really, in Joel and Ellie's final exchange before the game ends, not much is said. Ellie tells Joel her story about being bitten and expresses her survivor's guilt, then Joel lies and swears to her that what he told her about the fireflies was true, and she accepts it. See, not much really said there, but this scene was the most powerful scene emotionally in a game I have ever seen. It's the factor of how they say it, you can hear and see so much more than they are actually saying.

"Everyone I've cared for has either DIED, or left me! Everyone - except for you! So don't tell me I'd be better off with someone else, because the truth is I'd just be more scared! " - Posted by original writer.

16Tess' death
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1. Joel and Ellie arrive at Tommy's dam
2. Ellie kills David
3. Joel tortures two of David's men



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