Lovers of the Left Behind DLC are in for a treat this week, as the HBO adaptation of The Last of Us devotes an entire episode to this tragic trip to a shopping centre. With Joel worse for wear after last week's episode, Ellie thinks back to another time when she was faced with a difficult choice. What follows is yet another brilliant showcase for Bella Ramsey, as we see a different and more vulnerable side to this feisty teen.

This show has always had the potential to expand upon what we already know from the game, and we get glimpses of that here with Ellie's time at a FEDRA school. However, we've always appreciated that the show knows when to keep things the same, and for the most part, that's exactly what it's done here with Ellie's late night trip to an abandoned shopping centre. While some moments like the car smashing competition or water gun fight are absent, almost all others that you know and love are here, and brought to life with stunning effect.


That's because Bella Ramsey is firing on all cylinders in episode seven. While we've seen the gradual unwinding of her character as she and Joel grow closer, this is a different side to Ellie. We really can't emphasise enough how great Ramsey is here, and those doubts we had earlier in the season are now nothing more than distant memories.

A lot of that brilliance in Ramsey is brought out by Storm Reid's Riley, the recently recruited Firefly and Ellie's best friend. The dynamic between these two characters is just as heartwarming as you remember. Storm Reid manages to encapsulate this sense of youthful pride, where a gun in her belt is not a tool for survival, but a badge of authority and pride. It was thoroughly entertaining to see two characters raised in this world of turmoil and despair, delving into what scared them, what they worried about, and particularly relevant to their trip, what excited them.


Shop windows in the dilapidated mall offered a glimpse into another time, lit-up arcades highlighted a life that these characters will never truly have. From a purely aesthetic perspective, the mall is brilliantly accurate to the game, and even manages to evoke that same sense of wonder — even if it is just the warm glow of a carousel.

When it comes to that emotional climax, it feels even more impactful than the game in some ways. The performances make you really feel the anger, the fear, and the tragedy of young love cut short. It doesn't do anything in particular to make it stand apart from the game, but the rawness of its live-action format makes it a must watch for fans and newbies alike.

Episode seven is an excellent reminder of why we love this world so much. It's a world juxtaposed by the heart of its characters and its violent reality, but in more poignant The Last of Us terms, its pun books and pipe bombs.

To find out when you can tune in for the next episode, click through to our Where to Watch The Last of Us TV Show guide. Additionally, our Full Cast List provides more details about the actors and characters. And of course, be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.