Warning: Spoilers Ahead!
The Last of Us, the HBO show based on the popular video game, has finally come out. In our opinion, “From the beginning of the story, it is handled with confidence, staged beautifully, and stays true to the sacred text.”
Players knew what to expect going in, but the first episode has a short prologue that shows Joel and Sarah’s life before the Cordyceps pandemic, or more specifically, the last day before the world changed forever.
Even though this isn’t the end of the episode, it’s a very important part of the story. Here’s what happens to Sarah and whether or not it’s different from what happens in the game.
Does Sarah Die in The Last of Us?
Sarah was Killed By A FEDRA Soldier While She and Joel were Trying To Leave Austin. Even Though Joel Tells The Soldier That Neither He Nor Sarah is Sick, The Soldier is Still Told To Shoot Them.
Joel, Tommy, and Sarah are trying to leave the city when a passenger plane crashes into the street. Explosive debris from the plane causes their pickup truck to crash and flip over. Sarah’s ankle looks like it’s broken, so Joel picks her up and carries her the rest of the way.
Joel and Tommy can’t get to each other because a car is on fire, so they decide to meet at the river. As Joel looks for a way out, he comes across a group of newly infected runners, and one of them chases after them, crashing into everything in its way.
When they come out to the other side of the restaurant, the soldier shoots the runner and then turns his gun on Joel and Sarah. Joel throws himself and Sarah into a ditch as soon as Tommy fires his gun, but before he can finish the job, Tommy shoots Joel in the head with his rifle.
Joel gets a small cut, but Sarah is hit by several bullets. Joel tries to wake up his “Baby Girl,” but Tommy knows she won’t make it. At first, she was gasping for air and trying to grab her dad. Then, she died in his arms.
Is Sarah’s Death Different in The Last of Us Game?
Except For A Few Small Differences in How They Tried To Get Away, Sarah’s Death in The Last of Us is Almost Exactly The Same As in The Game.
Their truck crashes not because of a plane but because of another car, which the episode teases in a very close call. In the game, the runner chases them for a much longer time, but it all ends the same way: the FEDRA soldier kills Sarah and himself.
Nico Parker told Inverse that she had never played the game, but that she had watched it “before I was in any way involved.”
“When I was younger, I used to observe people playing the game, and I would watch the silent games while quietly crying to myself,” she said.
“It gave me a lot of bad dreams, but I loved the story. I always seem to be lying, but I wasn’t. The story was great. I love the people in it. So I would just watch it, even though it would give me terrible nightmares when I was about eight.
The Last of Us Episode 2 will be available to watch in the US on January 22 and in the UK on January 23!