It's all come down to this. Eight heartwrenching and arguably award-winning episodes later, the first season of HBO's live-action adaptation of the award-winning Naughty Dog video game franchise is coming to an end.
So far, we've watched Joel and Ellie go from strangers to having each other's backs and forging a legitimate father-and-daughter bond. All the while, the two have survived whatever the cordyceps-borne apocalypse could throw at them.
Now, the end is near. Joel's goal from the start was always evident - to deliver Ellie to the Firefly base in hopes of creating a cure of vaccine using her immunity from the cordyceps infection. Ellie is well aware of this and she's a willing test subject. However, those who've played through The Last of Us Part 1 know full well that things aren't going to turn out exactly how you'd hoped they would.
Make sure to check out the trailer for The Last of Us' Season 1 finale.
Surprisingly, The Last of Us Episode 9 isn't the longest episode of the season - it's the shortest.
At 43 minutes, Episode 9 of The Last of Us is two minutes shorter than Episode 4. But, Neil Druckmann and Craig Maizin have taught us not to doubt them.
HBO's The Last of Us is on track to become the most-watched show in the company's history. We firmly believe that "Look for the Light", the Season 1 finale, will wrap everything up better than the source material. The Episode 9 title deserves a lot of praise as it completes the slogan of the Firefly revolutionary militia group. When you add the title of the first episode, "When You're Lost in the Darkness" and Episode 9, you get "When You're Lost in the Darkness, Look for the Light."
Of course, just because you've played through The Last of Us Part 1, this doesn't mean that the show wouldn't surprise you anymore.
Be sure to watch the season finale of HBO's The Last of Us on Sunday, March 12 in the US (6 PM PT / 9 PM ET) or Monday, March 13 (2 AM GMT) in the UK.
Speaking of The Last of Us Part 1, Naughty Dog has delayed the PC port to March 28 instead of March 3. In the meantime, PS5 owners with an active PS Plus Premium subscription can check it out for free. Finally, don't forget that more seasons of The Last of Us have been confirmed and they'll be based on The Last of Us Part II.