All season long, HBO’s The Last of Us has done an incredible job of recreating the video game’s most memorable scenes. Sarah’s death. Sam and Henry. Ellie and Riley’s date at the mall from the Left Behind DLC. The season finale was no different. “Look for the Light” had maybe the most iconic moment from Naughty Dog’s masterpiece. No, it’s not Joel lying to Ellie, although that was also handled well; our recap has you covered there. It’s the giraffe scene.
It’s a rare moment of joy for Ellie, who, if you’ll recall, recently went feral on a pedophilic religious nut — who was also a cannibal trying to kill her and Joel (“It’s OK, baby girl”). No one needed to play with a cute animal more than her.
In the video game, the pack (herd? flock? murder?) of giraffes were originally going to be deer, but “deer are too mundane. Deer are pretty small and mundane. And giraffe are pretty incredible,” The Last of Us creator Neil Druckmann told Kotaku in 2013. “You go to the zoo and you see a giraffe up close… I was in Tampa, Florida, and there was a place where you could see giraffes, and it’s pretty incredible, seeing this majestic animal up close.”
Also incredible: the reaction to the giraffe scene.
IM CRYING AT THE GIRAFFE SCENE JOEL SMILING AT ELLIE PLS I CANT #TheLastOfUs pic.twitter.com/qsM7uescO5
— (@JOELSMILLRR) March 13, 2023
now how the hell did they manage to do the giraffe scene so perfectly #TheLastOfUs pic.twitter.com/o1MDIste4B
— lisa (@bellaspedge) March 13, 2023
The giraffe scene #TheLastOfUs pic.twitter.com/gBmxGWkA0d
— BLEACHTYBW(48-19) (@Animesempai0) March 13, 2023
THE GIRAFFE SCENE THEY DID IT AND ITS SO BEAUTIFUL I WANNA CRY #TheLastOfUs pic.twitter.com/HtvXubzomI
— manu ☽ tlou n mando spoilers (@spectorgf) March 13, 2023
they gave us the giraffe scene
— page (@_page182) March 13, 2023
they played out the giraffe scene word for word bar for bar w the same music track in the back my heart is so full i’m crying #TheLastOfUs #tlou pic.twitter.com/GaqH0t8I27
— Natalie (@fentinatalie) March 13, 2023
Yo – that @TheLastofUsHBO giraffe scene got me in the feels. Memories of that first time getting there in the game 10 years ago came back so quick. #thelastofus
— Lycurgus Hatfield (@Lycrgs) March 13, 2023
THE GIRAFFE SCENE AGHHHHAHFHD #TheLastOfUs
— kelsie (@kelsiegracex) March 13, 2023
them doing the giraffe scene is so important to me i’m so happy they kept it and showed how ellie was still such a happy, innocent girl who was only going through horrible things pic.twitter.com/EJB1OoCm3F
— hannah (@elliestricep) March 13, 2023