The Last of Us fans relive Sarah’s death: “This is just as horrible”

Joel and Sarah in The Last of Us HBO showHBO

We knew it was coming: fans were forced to relive Sarah’s death in The Last of Us Episode 1, and this time round, it’s “just as horrible” – if not even worse.

Most people know the outline of The Last of Us: Joel (Pedro Pascal) and Ellie (Bella Ramsey), an unlikely duo with a prickly dynamic, travel across America while a fungal pandemic turns people into tendril-sprouting monsters.

In the first episode, we see what life was like before the Cordyceps outbreak. After a brief prologue, we’re in 2003, with Joel’s daughter Sarah (Nico Parker) trying to get his watch fixed for his birthday.

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Alas, this was her last day alive: Sarah dies in a scene that pretty much mirrors the game’s harrowing opening, and it was a tough watch – even for the fans who were waiting for it to happen.

The Last of Us fans react to Sarah’s death

Sarah is killed by a FEDRA guard as Joel tries to get them to safety. He throws himself and Sarah into a ditch to avoid the bullets, but his efforts were futile. She dies in his arms, gasping for air.

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“The Last of US is perfectly casted so far but Nico Parker’s performance as Sarah was phenomenal. THAT scene broke me,” one user wrote.

“Like, I got so attached to Sarah KNOWING what was gonna happen and still got hit with a ton of bricks as soon as Joel picked her up from the car,” another wrote. “Sarah’s death in live action was so traumatic and somehow worse than the game,” a third tweeted.

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“That Joel and Sarah scene hurt just as much as it did in the video game and I am NOT okay,” a fourth wrote. “The way this made me sob way more cause I got attached to Sarah cause we got to see more of her & cause of how GOOD of an actress Nico Parker is,” a fifth tweeted.

The Last of Us Episode 2 will be available to watch on January 22 in the US and January 23 in the UK.

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For more TLOU content, check out some of our below guides:

Joel & Tess explained | Sarah spoilers | Fungus threat is terrifying | The dog’s fate | Who is Marlene? | Why is Ellie so important? | Soundtrack choice | FEDRA & the Fireflies explained

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