The Worst Episodes of The Last of Us: When the Apocalypse Falls Flat

As a die-hard fan of The Last of Us, I can confidently say that it’s one of the most emotionally gripping TV shows out there. With its post-apocalyptic setting and heart-wrenching storyline, it’s a rollercoaster of emotions from start to finish. However, even the best of shows can have their off days, and The Last of Us is no exception. In this article, we’ll be taking a look at the worst episodes that left us scratching our heads and wondering, “what were they thinking?” So, grab your tissues and prepare for a bumpy ride as we dive into the episodes that missed the mark.
Left Behind

Left Behind

Release Date: 2023-02-26

“The Last of Us” is a series that has gained a lot of popularity, but unfortunately, there are some episodes that missed the mark. Season 1, Episode 7 falls into that category. The episode takes us back in time to Ellie’s life before she met Joel. She remembers a night spent with her best friend Riley, which changes the course of their lives and the fate of the world forever. While the flashbacks provide some insight into Ellie’s character, the episode feels like a filler episode, lacking the intensity and action that the show is known for. The episode also fails to add any significant plot points to the overall story. As a result, it’s one of the weakest episodes in the series. The only memorable moment in this episode is when Riley tells Ellie, “You have no idea what loss is.” It’s a poignant moment, but unfortunately, it’s not enough to save the episode from being forgettable.

Long, Long Time

Long, Long Time

Release Date: 2023-01-29

The Last of Us Season 1 – Episode 3, “Bill’s Town,” is easily one of the worst episodes of the series. The episode introduces us to a doomsday prepper named Bill, who is preparing to ride out the apocalypse alone until a mysterious stranger named Frank upends his plans. Years later, Joel and Ellie seek Bill’s guidance, and the trio finds themselves at a crossroads. The episode is slow-paced and lacks the intensity and excitement of the previous episodes. The character of Bill is underdeveloped and unlikable, making it hard to care about his story. Additionally, the dialogue feels forced and unnatural, with clunky exchanges like “You’re a special kind of crazy” and “You’re gonna wanna stay away from those.” One of the few memorable moments is when Ellie breaks into Bill’s safe and finds a porn magazine, leading to a humorous exchange between her and Joel. However, this moment alone cannot save the episode from its dullness. Overall, “Bill’s Town” is a forgettable and lackluster entry in The Last of Us series.

Please Hold to My Hand

Please Hold to My Hand

Release Date: 2023-02-05

“The Last of Us Season 1 – Episode 4” is undoubtedly one of the worst episodes of the series, and it’s not hard to see why. The episode follows Joel and Ellie as they traverse a dangerous Kansas City on foot, which sounds like it could be exciting, but ends up being a tedious and uneventful slog. The only real conflict comes from rebel leader Kathleen and her violent militia, who engage in a manhunt that feels forced and contrived. The episode lacks any real tension or emotional depth, and even the characters themselves seem to be going through the motions. As Joel grumbles, “This is bullshit,” viewers can’t help but agree. Overall, “The Last of Us Season 1 – Episode 4” is a forgettable and disappointing entry in an otherwise excellent series.

Kin

Kin

Release Date: 2023-02-19

“The Last of Us” Season 1 – Episode 6 has made it to the list of the worst episodes of the series, and for good reason. The episode is a slow burn that fails to deliver any significant plot progression or character development. Joel and Ellie receive a warning about what’s ahead, but it’s nothing we haven’t seen before. The most interesting part of the episode is when Ellie learns about Joel’s past, but even that falls short of expectations. The episode is filled with long stretches of silence, which could have been used to build tension or establish a mood, but instead, it feels like a wasted opportunity. The lack of action or excitement makes it difficult to stay invested in the story, and by the time the credits roll, you’re left wondering why you bothered watching in the first place. Perhaps the only redeeming factor of the episode is when Joel tries to forget his past, and we get the iconic quote: “I try not to think about it.” But even that isn’t enough to save this lackluster episode. Overall, “The Last of Us” Season 1 – Episode 6 is forgettable and skippable, and it’s no surprise that it’s considered one of the worst episodes of the series.

When We Are in Need

When We Are in Need

Release Date: 2023-03-05

In episode 8 of ‘The Last of Us’ season 1, the show takes a dark turn as Ellie’s reckless behavior draws the attention of a group of survivors seeking revenge. The tension builds as Joel, already weakened and battling for his life, faces off against a group of hunters out for blood. The episode is filled with gruesome violence and disturbing imagery that leaves viewers feeling uneasy. While the show is known for its gritty realism, this episode takes it too far, leaving little room for hope or redemption. The most memorable moment is when Ellie, determined to save Joel, declares, “I’m gonna find and I’m gonna kill every last one of them.” Unfortunately, this episode fails to live up to the high expectations set by the rest of the season, earning its spot on the list of the worst episodes of ‘The Last of Us.’

Look for the Light

Look for the Light

Release Date: 2023-03-12

The Last of Us Season 1 – Episode 9 is a disappointment for fans of the game. The episode centers around Anna, a character we barely know, and her decision to trust a lifelong friend during a pursuit by Infected. The story feels forced and lacks the emotional depth that made the game so beloved. Years later, Ellie grapples with the emotional toll of her journey, but it’s not enough to save this lackluster episode. Even Joel’s devastating decision feels like a cheap attempt at eliciting an emotional response from viewers. As Ellie says, “I’m just a girl, not a threat,” and unfortunately, this episode is not a threat to any “best of” lists.

Infected

Infected

Release Date: 2023-01-22

“The Last of Us” Season 1 – Episode 2 is a major letdown for fans of the popular video game turned TV series. The episode fails to deliver the same level of emotional impact and suspense as its predecessor. The storyline jumps back and forth between the past and present, with an Indonesian scientist discovering a deadly fungus and Joel and Tess navigating through the infected Boston streets. The episode feels disjointed and lacks cohesion, making it difficult for viewers to become invested in the characters or the plot. While the action scenes are well-executed, the episode ultimately falls short of expectations. As Joel and Tess argue over Ellie’s fate, viewers are left wondering why they should even care about these characters in the first place. In short, “The Last of Us” Season 1 – Episode 2 is a forgettable installment that fails to live up to the hype of the series.”

Endure and Survive

Endure and Survive

Release Date: 2023-02-12

The Last of Us Season 1 – Episode 5 is a forgettable entry in the series that fails to live up to the high standards set by previous episodes. The story follows Henry as he tries to protect his brother Sam from the clutches of rebel soldiers in Kansas City. The plot feels repetitive and lacks any real tension or stakes. Even the usually compelling character of Kathleen falls flat as she continues her quest for revenge. The only saving grace is Ellie’s budding friendship with a new character, but even that feels underdeveloped. Overall, this episode fails to leave any lasting impact and can easily be skipped without missing anything important. As Ellie would say, “That was awkward.”

When You're Lost in the Darkness

When You’re Lost in the Darkness

Release Date: 2023-01-15

The Last of Us Season 1 – Episode 1 tries to set up the premise of the series, but it falls flat. The episode is plagued with pacing issues and uninteresting characters. The plot revolves around a parasitic fungal outbreak that has taken over the world, and Joel Miller’s attempts to escape it with his daughter and brother. However, the episode fails to deliver on the promised action and instead focuses on tedious exposition. Even the introduction of the teenage girl with a unique gift fails to create any excitement. The only saving grace is the emotional connection between Joel and his daughter, but even that is not enough to save the episode. As Joel says, “I struggled a long time with survivin’, but no matter what, you keep finding something to fight for.” Unfortunately, there is nothing worth fighting for in this lackluster episode.