If you want a philosophical experience while playing a video game, then The Last of Us is the one for you. Although it’s set in a zombie world, the story is far from generic, as the characters have many quotes that resonate with the viewer.
We saw Ellie journey miles across the country and learn what it was like to be a survivor throughout the year she and Joel endured with their struggles. Through these times, Ellie had gained quite a fair amount of wisdom, while also retaining her childish spirit. The best way to illustrate this is by pointing out these 10 quotes by Ellie as featured in The Last of Us.
10 “After All We’ve Been Through. Everything That I’ve Done. It Can’t Be For Nothing.”
Ellie ultimately gave Joel a reason to live, as she saw her life as something that had meaning rather than it being an endless fight to the death. Joel had tried to keep her from discussing her thoughts, but had to listen to her in the end when Ellie was distraught after watching all her friends die.
Here, she shared her hope that there would eventually be a point to all of their struggles because the alternative would mean that they had endured so much for no reason; she couldn’t live thinking all of that could be for nothing.
9 "Everyone I Have Cared For Has Either Died Or Left Me. Everyone…Except For You."
Once one spends enough time around another person, they do inevitably grow to love them in some way. Ellie and Joel felt the same way when their formerly apathetic relationship became that of a father and daughter.
After she found out Joel was planning on handing her over to Tommy and leave, Ellie couldn’t keep her emotions bottled up anymore and exploded onto Joel over him trying to abandon her, especially when he was the only one who hadn’t left her by that point. It was this confession that got Joel to stay with her.
8 "To the edge of the universe and back. Endure and survive."
This quote carries the same sentiment as Ellie’s thoughts on what her life meant, and she carried these words to the heart. It worked wonders as well, since the quote became a sort of mantra for Ellie to see through each day.
They meant that, while it would be a dark and dreary road, the point of surviving was to endure through all the tough times. For a girl who was only about 14-years-old, Ellie was wise beyond her years to be able to interpret these words with such meaning.
7 "Whoa Nelly!"
One of the funnier parts of The Last of Us was to hear Ellie come up with strange phrases to communicate her emotions. She took to cursing for the most part, but had some hilarious quotes at strange times.
The most memorable of these is this one, where it came across as if she had heard these words from someone else and decided that’s how a person is supposed to express their enthusiasm. Considering the mouth she had on her when she got fierce, it was oddly heartwarming to hear her be so childish at times.
6 "We Can Be All Poetic And Lose Our Minds Together."
This was originally spoken by Ellie’s friend Riley, but we never saw the latter during the main story of The Last of Us, with Ellie being the one to say this to Joel. If you think about it, a lot of people would feel the exact same way if they were in a similar situation.
When the time comes to die, nobody wants to go through it alone and it would be a great comfort to have someone you love be by your side. Teenage girls in particular think this kind of stuff is poetic, so Ellie was behaving just like a normal teenager would.
5 "What You Say Goes."
The partnership between Joel and Ellie wouldn’t have worked had Ellie not been patient with him in the beginning of their relationship. At this point, Joel was far from the fatherly figure he would eventually become, making this response of Ellie’s the right thing to say at the time.
It had happened right after Tess had gotten killed, and Joel was feeling the pressure of having to deliver Ellie to the Fireflies as part of Tess’s last request. Had Ellie not agreed that what Joel said would be the way to go, then perhaps he would’ve even abandoned her to fend for herself.
4 "We're Not Murderers. We Just Survive."
Both Joel and Ellie referred each other as survivors, but there is a huge contrast in what they believe makes a survivor. According to Joel, surviving meant any act of murder was justified because he did what he had to in order to live, but Ellie had a more positive view about it.
She felt that the killing they did wasn’t because they wanted to live more than their victims, but rather because there was no other choice. To this end, she didn’t see herself as a killer but as someone who just needed to survive; if that took the form of killing, then that’s what needed to be done, although it was regrettable.
3 "I Go Back And Forth...I'd Like To Believe It."
It’s understandable why kids who had grown up in the zombie world wouldn’t have had a belief in the afterlife since they’d seen hell on Earth anyway. Ellie didn’t much believe in the concept of heaven either, as it didn’t make much sense.
However, the optimistic person in her didn’t let her dive completely into being a non-believer, and she admitted she had her moments where she wanted badly to believe that there was a heaven and a happy ending. This way, at least she had some measure of comfort with the prospect of dying.
2 "I Shot The Hell Out Of That Guy, Huh?"
In the real world, proving oneself in youth usually takes the form of something like graduating from school, but The Last of Us’s universe had kids feel like they had taken the next step in the real world when they started to learn how to shoot.
In the same way, Ellie was enthusiastic to a great extent when she successfully pulled off shooting her enemies, as she hadn’t been able to prove herself to Joel before that. Although it involved killing, we can’t help but feel proud of Ellie in some way.
This was the last word said in the game before it abruptly ended, but it has aged well for fans because you realize that a lot was said in just this one word. Ellie had a mixture of emotions running through her mind at the time; her doubts over what happened with the Fireflies, her guilt at surviving, and her anxiety over what lay ahead.
All she wanted to hear at the time was for Joel to swear he was telling the truth (he wasn’t) even though it appeared as if a part of Ellie knew that Joel wasn’t being completely honest.