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“He has to lie to keep it going”: Pedro Pascal Confirms Joel Will Stoop Even Lower to Protect Ellie in The Last of Us Season 2

"He has to lie to keep it going": Pedro Pascal Confirms Joel Will Stoop Even Lower to Protect Ellie in The Last of Us Season 2

In 2013, the post-apocalyptic video game The Last of Us was released, quickly becoming a fan favorite for its gripping storyline, memorable characters, and stunning visuals. Now, almost a decade later, the highly anticipated television adaptation of the game has captured the attention of both fans and newcomers alike. HBO’s The Last of Us has just finished its first season, leaving viewers on the edge of their seats with a controversial finale.

A Hundred Lies To Cover One

Pedro Pascal
Pedro Pascal

In a recent interview with Empire, Pedro Pascal, who plays Joel, sheds some light on the character’s actions in the finale, revealing the extent to which Joel is willing to go to protect Ellie, played by Bella Ramsey. With a dedicated following and rave reviews, The Last of Us has become one of the year’s most talked-about shows.

In the interview, Pedro Pascal discussed the relationship between Joel and Ellie, the two main characters in The Last of Us. The actor confirmed that Joel would stoop even lower to protect Ellie, suggesting that the lies he told her at the end of the first season were just the beginning.

“He’s just riding this unconscious wave of delusion mixed with gratitude. Even though it comes with such a big lie, it doesn’t feel like a lie in his heart, because he has her back and they’re going home. It’s the first time he’s able to share a memory that makes him happy, because he’s with the person that makes him the happiest – his daughter, Ellie.”

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Pedro Pascal further shares that Ellie is aware of “what’s in his unconscious,” which is why “he has to lie to keep it going.”

“Ellie can smell the sense of what’s in his unconscious, and something’s off. It isn’t until he’s under her lens of truth that it all comes tumbling down. And he has to lie to keep it going.”

Pedro Pascal as Joel
Pedro Pascal as Joel

Bella Ramsey, who plays Ellie in the series, also chimed in on the controversial finale of the first season. She stated that although Ellie knows or fears that Joel is lying, she must believe it to protect her heart.

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Joel and Ellie’s Journey in Season 2 

The Last of Us is a post-apocalyptic adventure story about a man named Joel tasked with escorting a young girl named Ellie across the United States to find a cure for a deadly virus. Along the way, they encounter various dangers and obstacles, including other survivors and infected people.

The Last of Us
The Last of Us

The show has gained immense popularity since its release, with 30 million viewers tuning in to its first six episodes. It has become a fan favorite due to its thrilling plot, well-written characters, and stunning visuals.

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The Last of Us Season 2 is expected to pick up where the first season left off, with Joel and Ellie living in Jackson and trying to lead a more normal life. However, with Joel’s lies and the ongoing threat of infected people, it’s clear that their journey is far from over.

Fans are excited to see how the relationship between Joel and Ellie will develop in the upcoming season and whether or not Ellie will discover the truth about what happened with The Fireflies. With the talented cast and crew behind the show, it’s sure to be another thrilling ride for viewers.

The Last of Us Season 1 is available to stream on HBO Max.

Source: The Collider

Written by Mabel Andrady

Mabel, aka MJ, is a FandomWire Sr. Writer, pop-culture fanatic, and an MA in Health Demography holder. When she's not indulging in her guilty pleasure of penning everything Hollywood, Marvel & DC, she writes academic essays on COVID-19 and HIV/AIDS. With 2500+ articles published online, she brings a unique twist to entertainment writing. A jack-of-all-trades, MJ enjoys movies, writes/acts in plays, writes music, and dreams of being a successful actress. She offers a fresh perspective, making her writing a must-read for those seeking knowledge and entertainment.