Joel and Ellie are in for a journey in The Final of Us Episode 4. And so are the viewers.

Increasingly more, the HBO Max adaptation is proving that within the Cordyceps-ravaged world, it’s kill or be killed. And sadly for Joel (Pedro Pascal) and Ellie (Bella Ramsey), ugly mushroom zombies are not the lone threats. There’s a brand new slew of vicious, murderous characters, and none scarier than the insurgent faction chief Kathleen. Performed by Yellowjackets star Melanie Lynskey, Kathleen is the de facto chief of The Hunters, a bunch of rebels in Kansas Metropolis, and an fully new character.

Of their borrowed automotive, Joel and Ellie proceed to journey seeking the remainder of the Fireflies and Joel’s brother Tommy. As anticipated, they run into all types of traps and hassle in between. Whereas the newest episode didn’t have the identical poignant emotional arc as Episode 3, which noticed the romantic backstory of Invoice (Nick Offerman) and Frank (Murray Bartlett), it was nonetheless a whirlwind of emotions for viewers, particularly seeing the 2 leads deepen their bond and unearth extra of one another’s heartbreaking pasts — all whereas staving off enemies.

Many took to Twitter to share their emotional journey — beginning with their love for Lynskey’s function within the present. One even wrote, “Took photos of melanie lynskey within the final of us like i’m at a live performance.”

Whereas some missed Invoice and Frank from the episode prior.

In relation to the 2 leads, Twitter customers beloved the small moments between Joel and Ellie when their relationship begins resembling a father-daughter one. Joel instructing Ellie the way to use her stolen gun, for instance, is unquestionably a bonding second for them.

Whereas Joel is preventing off one of many Hunters, Ellie intervenes and shoots the attacker to save lots of Joel. When Joel instructs her to cover so he can deal with it amid the attacker’s screams and pleas, Ellie sheds a lone tear and instantly pretends to be OK when Joel returns. Many discovered Ramsey’s efficiency commendable. Consumer noradomick tweeted, “I do know we have now so much to go and there can be extra heavy lifting from them, however rattling, give bella ramsey an award for this single tear alone.”

Nevertheless it wasn’t all unhappy. Twitter additionally beloved the moments when Ellie was joyful and laughing with Joel after making ridiculously unfunny jokes. Customers additionally couldn’t deal with Joel-slash-Pascal laughing. “HE’S ACTUALLY LAUGHING OMGGGG,” one person wrote.

Whereas there have been components of the present that have been utterly new to the collection, followers of the sport additionally beloved the moments the HBO adaptation stayed true to the collection: together with when Ellie grabs an grownup journal from Invoice and Frank’s home and begins studying it within the automotive, a lot to Joel’s panic. Consumer chrisdadeviant wrote, “THEY DID THE MAGAZINE SCENE MY LIFE IS COMPLETE.”

Twitter additionally poked enjoyable at Ellie who, throughout your entire episode, appeared all the time to indicate that she had swiped a gun.

Sadly, that rapidly turned darkish after Ellie reveals she’s used a gun earlier than — and no, not simply when she shoots a zombie in Invoice’s basement. In Episode 2, Ellie tells Tess and Joel that she received her chunk when she snuck right into a mall alone. Properly, that’s apparently not the entire reality.

She wasn’t alone when a zombie attacked her — she was along with her finest pal, Riley. Sadly, Riley wasn’t immune like Ellie, and she or he needed to be shot.

The episode additionally introduces fan favorites, brothers Henry and Sam, performed by Lamar Johnson and Keivonn Woodard respectively. The primary time viewers meet them, they’re pointing a gun at Ellie’s head whereas Joel is slumbering. It’s a second Twitter mercilessly memed.

Sadly, followers of the sport know that these beloved characters have a grim destiny. And so they took to Twitter to share their sense of foreboding. “Me after they talked about sam and henry however then remembering whats gonna occur to them subsequent episode,” one person wrote.

In case you’re curious to see what destiny has in retailer for the brand new characters, HBO Max is altering this week’s schedule. Episode 5 will begin streaming on Friday, Feb. 10 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, as an alternative of premiering throughout its common Sunday run time to keep away from airing in the course of the Tremendous Bowl. Cue the tears, HBO.

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