The Last of Us just delivered another devastating episode with a callback to the game that has left fans begging for HBO to start paying their therapy bills.
The show’s penultimate episode, “When We Are In Need,” was full of cults, cannibalism, and Pedro Pascal torturing bad guys. Still, it was the final few minutes that really broke audiences and had viewers scrambling on Twitter.
raise your hand if you have ever been personally victimized by the last of us
— bee ✩ 18 (@astraellie) March 6, 2023
For most of the hour-long installment, Ellie (Bella Ramsey) has been trying to care for and protect a still-bedridden Joel as he recovers from his stab wound. She encounters David, the leader of a nearby cult while out hunting, and that meeting sets off a chain of events that ends with Ellie nearly becoming the group’s next meal and a miraculously-healed Joel rushing to rescue her. But before he can, Ellie hatches her own escape plan, one that ends with a fiery face-off, an attempted sexual assault, and a gruesome death for David courtesy of Ellie and her handy meat cleaver.
It’s a dramatic rollercoaster that already had fans feeling a bit fragile but then Pedro Pascal had to go and utter the words “baby girl,” turning audiences everywhere into sobbing slushpiles of unresolved daddy issues.
do NOT watch the last of us if you have daddy issues !!!! pic.twitter.com/YCCONChDzL
— bri (@strborns) March 6, 2023
No really, this is what emotional terrorism looks like.
Just finished episode 8 of The Last of Us #TheLastOfUs pic.twitter.com/zmA9PyEG5k
— iregretlikingsports (@Jimmy2424555) March 6, 2023
The scene hit viewers particularly hard because it marks the first time since the death of Joel’s daughter, Sarah, that the stoic smuggler has embraced the role of fatherhood again. He’s been acting as a pseudo-guardian for Ellie since the pair left Boston, and they’ve bonded over their shared traumatic experiences while on the road, but Joel hasn’t really shown any affection or love for the girl until now.
And the internet is having a tough time handling it.
“it’s okay, baby girl. i got you” #TheLastOfUs
— THE LAST OF US SP (@mothrfdragns) March 6, 2023
Just watched the latest episode of The Last Of Us… Daddy Pascal uttered the line ‘it’s ok, I’ve got you baby girl’, and I slid off of the couch. I have not been ok since.
— Channy (@pens1487) March 6, 2023
It’s okay, baby girl. I got you.
The Last of Us has no right making me emotional on a Monday morning.
— TayFreezy (@TayFrayPlays) March 6, 2023
When Joel said ‘baby girl’ on The Last of Us pic.twitter.com/ThIlXr8oo2
— Iz (@izzy_bates) March 6, 2023
“baby girl” made me sob in front of my family and god
— Mimi (@AmeliaStuart18) March 6, 2023
me every sunday excited to start a new episode of the last of us pic.twitter.com/ulJqeAMJyb
— Felipe Espino (@flyknitfeli) March 6, 2023
The absolute scream that I scrum when Joel said THE LINE in this weeks episode of the last of us.. I need therapy pic.twitter.com/4nBWBaDNWX
— High Classidy (@_cassh0le_) March 6, 2023
We only have one episode of The Last of Us left (for this first season), so please make an appointment with your therapist now, people.