The Last of Us – S01E05 – Endure and Survive | Transcript

While attempting to evade the rebels, Joel and Ellie cross paths with the most wanted man in Kansas City. Kathleen continues her hunt.
The Last of Us (TV series)

Original air date: February 11, 2023

After a standoff between Henry and Sam with Joel and Ellie, Henry proposes they escape the city using underground tunnels; Joel hesitantly agrees. Henry admits to Joel he was responsible for the death of Kathleen’s brother in exchange for medication for Sam’s leukemia. After escaping through the tunnels, the group is attacked by a sniper. Joel kills him but finds he was radioing Kathleen, who arrives with her militia. As Kathleen prepares to kill Henry, a multitude of infected emerge from underground, including a large “bloater” that kills Perry and a child clicker that kills Kathleen. After the group escape to a motel, Sam shows Ellie he was bitten by an infected. Ellie tries to heal him by applying her blood to his wound. The next morning, an infected Sam attacks Ellie; Henry hesitates but kills him. Distraught, Henry kills himself. Joel and Ellie bury them and set off on foot heading west.

* * *

(pensive theme plays)

♪ ♪

(crowd shouting)

Crowd (chanting): Freedom! Freedom! Freedom!

(cheering, chanting)

Crowd (chanting): Fuck you, FEDRA! Fuck you, FEDRA!

(tense music playing)

(person laughing)

(people grunting)





♪ ♪

(people cheering)

Man (over speaker): Kansas City belongs to the people.

Collaborators, surrender now, and you will receive a fair trial.

We have control of the QZ and the open city.

Anyone caught hiding will face charges of counter-revolutionary activities.

Kansas City belongs to the people.

Collaborators, surrender now…



(breathing heavily, whimpering)

(door opens)

(distant gunfire)

Kathleen: You know, Perry, I used to be so scared of these people.

Now look at them.

Did it feel good… betraying your neighbors to FEDRA?

Watching us get thrown in prison, watching us hang, so that you could get medicine, alcohol, fucking… apples?

Did it make you feel better?

Did it make you feel safe?

How does it make you feel now?

Well, I’m not FEDRA.

Lucky for you (chuckles) no one here has to die.

Yeah, we could put you on trial.

You’re all guilty, so that’s how that’ll go.

And you’ll do some time. Easy.

But first, you have to do something for me.

Where is Henry?


You’re informers… inform.

Where is Henry?

(sighs) I guess they don’t know. Kill them.

Informer: He’s with Edelstein.

(captives murmuring)

Edelstein was a collaborator?

Well, he was a lot more discreet than you fucking idiots.

Where are they?

He said he was meeting up with Henry and Sam.


Informer: He had a place to hole up in the open city in case things went bad.

But things have gone great, h-haven’t you heard?

Kansas City is free.

Hole up where?

He-He didn’t say.

I swear, I’ve told you everything I know.

Of course, you have. You’re a rat.

He’s still in the city.

Okay, I want our people going door-to-door until we find him.


Kathleen: Oh, I’m sorry.

How long do you think we should wait?

Should we wait a day or two?

Should we wait a week?

Oh, fuck it. Let’s give him a month.

I’m not sayin’ we do nothin’.

We already got a perimeter around the city.

We can wait him out. Door-to-door would take a lotta men, and there are other things that probably need…

He’s not my seventh priority, Perry.

Is that what he is to you?

♪ ♪


Are we really puttin’ ’em on trial?

No… We are not really putting them on trial. When you’re done, burn the bodies. It’s faster.

(door opens, closes)

(indistinct chatter, screams)

(distant gunfire)

(vehicle passing)

(distant gunshot)

(heavy breathing)

(Edelstein grunting)

You sure they don’t know about this?

I got it from a… a FEDRA officer.


Owed me a favor.

He said he found it himself, never told anyone about it.

And what if they get to him?

They already did.

He won’t be talking.

(softly): Fuck.

(exhales) Okay. Water? Toilets?

Uh, the apartments below are tied into the QZ main.

We can use those, but we have to be fast and careful.


Whatever you brought.

I barely made it out as is.

So we’re fucked on food?



Henry: Yeah, so is mine.

We weren’t shooting our way outta this anyway.

No… so we’ll sneak our way out.




Why go to the trouble?

You can kill yourself right here.

Twenty cans… and six pounds of jerky for the three of us.

If we stick to the minimum, I think we can make it 11 days?

So that’s how long we have to figure it out.

Edelstein: Is he scared?

Yeah… Well, he saw a lot.

Nothin’ I can do about that now.

He’s scared because you’re scared.

(light music playing)

♪ ♪

(wind blowing)

(vehicle passing)

(tires screeching)


(whispers): What?

Yeah… yeah.

(tense music playing)

(crickets chirping)


(vehicle passing)

(light guitar playing)

♪ ♪

(tires screeching)

(engine revving)

(loud crash)


(person shouting)


(tense music playing)

♪ ♪

(crickets chirping)

(door opens)


(door closes)

(glass crunches)

Ellie: Joel.

(shouts): Joel!

Henry: Eyes on me. Eyes on me.

You don’t have to worry about what to say.

We don’t wanna hurt you.

We wanna help you.


Okay, um…

I don’t know what the next step is with something like this, but if I lower my gun… we didn’t hurt you… so you don’t hurt us… right?

That’s right.

That’s a weird fuckin’ tone, man.

That’s just the way he sounds.

He has an asshole voice.

Joel, tell him he’s okay.

Everything is great.



Okay… listen…

I’m gonna trust you.

Henry (quietly): Yes.

But if either of you guys try anything… yeah?


Ellie: Yeah.

♪ ♪

Can I sit up?



Get up slow.

Who are you?

My name’s Henry. That’s my brother, Sam. I’m the most wanted man in Kansas City. Although right now… my guess is you’re running a close second.

(wind blowing)

Where’d you get these?

Ellie: From Bill.

He’s dead.

He says thank you.

I’m guessing you don’t have much, so… this means a lot.

How old is he?

He’s eight.


I’m Ellie.

I’m Joel. Look, you ate, we didn’t kill each other, let’s call this a win-win and move on.

Well, I’m betting… that y’all came up here to get a view of the city and plan a way out.

And when the sun’s up…

I’ll show you one.

Henry: Welcome to Killa City.

Joel: No FEDRA.

Henry: Not as of 10 days ago, no.

We always heard KC FEDRA was…

Monsters? Savages?

Yeah, you heard right.

Raped and tortured and murdered people for 20 years.

And you know what happens when you do that to people?

The moment they get a chance, they do it right back to you.

But you’re not FEDRA.

No… worse.

I’m a collaborator.

I don’t work with rats.

Yeah, you fucking do.

Today you do… ’cause I live here and you don’t.

That’s how I followed you here.

I know this city, and that’s how I’m gonna help you get out.

Why help us?

I saw what you did… the way you killed those men.

Now, I know where to go but I don’t know how to make it through alive, not if it’s just me and Sam.

You seem capable enough.

You’re armed.

You’re wrong, and wrong.

Never killed anyone.

And pointing an unloaded gun at you was the closest I’ve ever come to being violent.

So that’s the deal.

I show the way… you clear the way.

(Ellie and Sam laughing)

Haven’t heard that in a long time.

(sighs) So how are we gettin’ out?

♪ ♪

Henry: Highways… Downtown.


This whole area belongs to Kathleen.

She’s in charge?

Leader of the resistance.

You can see the way we’re bounded by highways.

They got people posted all around the inside perimeter.

If we get close, we get caught.

No question.

So how do we get across?

♪ ♪

(snaps) Boom.

Kansas City has a subway?

No, but they do have maintenance tunnels.

There’s a bunch of buildings all put up by the same developers.

And they share these tunnels, including… a bank building here.

So we enter the tunnels here… travel underground, and pop up here.

Westside North. Residential.

There’s an embankment on the other side of the houses.

We head down, pedestrian bridge over the river… free as a bird.

You’re right. It’s a great plan.

So what do you need me for?

You noticed anything strange about this city?

I mean, other than the strange shit you’ve already seen?

No Infected?

Oh, there’s Infected.

Just not on the surface.

FEDRA drove them underground 15 years ago, and never let them come back up.

It’s the only good thing those fascist motherfuckers ever did.

So you want us goin’ into a tunnel?

Everyone thinks that it’s full of Infected, including Kathleen, which means that we’re not gonna be running into any of her people.

But you see, what I know is… it’s empty.

You’ve been down there?

No, but the FEDRA guy that I worked with told me that it’s clean, completely clean.

They cleared it out. All of it.


Like… three years ago.

(Joel scoffs)

Okay, maybe, there’s one or two, but you handle it.

What if there’s more?

Or one of those blind ones that sees like a bat?

Wait, you… you ran into a Clicker?

Two of ’em.

And you’re still alive.

You see?

You’re the right people.

If it gets bad down there, we turn around, and run right back out the same way we came.

Oh, that’s your great plan?

No, that’s my dicey-as-fuck plan.

But as far as I can tell… it’s our only shot.

They’re saying they’re going to help us escape.


♪ ♪

We need to get outta sight.

Uh… I, I-I think it’s this way.

This should be it.

You ready?

Get your gun out.

(water dripping)

You see? It’s empty.

The plan is good.

Joel: Shh.

“The plan is good”?

We’ve been down here two seconds.

We don’t know anything.

Your dad’s kind of a pessimist.

He’s not my dad.

I’m not her dad.

Just point your light forward… and be ready to run.

♪ ♪

Ellie: Whoa.


(light guitar playing)

Joel: I heard about places like this.

People went underground after Outbreak Day. Built settlements.

Ellie: What happened to them?

Maybe they didn’t follow the rules and they all got infected.


(toy car drops)

(Ellie chuckles)

♪ ♪

No way! I love these.

I have issues… four, five, six, 11.

Ah. So cool.

(slowly): “To the edge of the universe… and back. Endure and survive.”



Endure. Survive.

Fuck yeah, man! (laughs)

Joel: Hey, keep it down. We’re not out yet.

Ellie: Ah, c’mon.

Can we just rest here for a while?

There’s, like, actually shit to do here.

Wouldn’t be so bad to wait the light out a bit.

Safer in shadows when we pop back out on the other side.

♪ ♪

Yes! Come on! Yeah!

Come on. Pass it back.


Ellie: Yeah!


If you were collaboratin’ to take care of him, I… I shouldn’t have said what I said.

I don’t know your situation.

And I’m not sayin’ they should let it go but…

Ellie: Ah, that was awesome!

Joel:…all things considered, seems kinda cruel…

Ellie: Yeah.

To send a whole army after you for that.

Ellie: Yeah.


You know, I wasn’t, uh… exactly telling you the truth before… about me not killing someone.

There was a man, a great man.

You know, he was never afraid… never selfish… and he was always forgiving.

Have you ever met someone like that?

Kinda man you’d follow anywhere.

I mean, I wanted to.

Well… I would’ve.

Yeah, but, uh, Sam, he, uh… he got sick.

(Sam laughs)


(solemn music playing)

Yeah, anyway, um… there was one drug that worked, and, whoa… big shock… there wasn’t much left of it and it belonged to FEDRA.

And if I wanted some… it was gonna take something big.

So I gave them something big.

That one great man.

The leader of the resistance movement in Kansas City.

And Kathleen’s brother.

Yeah, so, you still think they should take it easy on me?

Or am, am I the bad guy?

I don’t know what you’re waitin’ on, man.

The answer’s easy.

I am the bad guy because I did a bad guy thing.

But you get it, though.

You might not be her father… but you were someone’s.

See, I could tell.

(Ellie roars)

Ellie: Yeah, where’d he go?

We’ve waited long enough.

(tense music playing)

(indistinct shouting)

(knocks on door)


We haven’t found ’em yet.

What about the man who killed Bryan?

Well… we’re not doin’ so good.

Who told you I was here?

Your mom.

Why are you talking to my mom?

We didn’t know where you were.


Have you been back to the room you grew up in?

No. Fuck no.

It’s a couple hundred miles away.

It’s not exactly worth it.


When Michael and I were little… this room seemed so big.

I was really scared of thunder so when there was a storm… Michael told me that this wasn’t… a room at all.

That this was actually just a big, wooden box.

A big, wooden box that nothing could get inside of… and it didn’t matter if, if there was lightning or tornadoes or gunfire.

(tearfully): He said as… long as we were together… in our perfect box… we would be safe.

He did that for me.

And he did stuff like that all the time.

He was so beautiful.

I’m not.

I never was.

He would be horrified by the things I’ve done.

And if you’ve come to tell me… that Michael wouldn’t want me to hurt Henry… that he would want me to forgive… I know that, too.

He told me.

♪ ♪

The last time I saw him alive in jail… he told me to forgive.

And what did he get for that?

Where is the justice in that?

What is the point of that?

Your brother was a great man. We all loved him.

But… he didn’t change anything.

You did.

We’re with you.


Joel: Do you know where we are?

Henry: Yep.

The other side.

(light guitar playing)

No. No one is here.

No one’s gonna be here because… my plan worked.

So much goddamn talkin’.

I’m just saying… I delivered.

Make this right, go down the street, embankment behind the last house… and we’re out.

Ellie: So we cross the river and then what?

Where ya gonna go?

Don’t know yet.

Well, we’re goin’ to Wyoming.

What? It’s a huge state.

It can fit two more people.

Yeah… maybe we just call this one a success and say our fond farewells.

No, he’ll change his mind. Trust me.

This is how it goes.

(deep voice): He’s like, “No, Ellie. Never, ever, ever happening.”

(normal voice): And then I’m like, “I’m gonna ask you a million more times.”

And he’s like…


(Ellie yells)

Move, move!



The fuck is that comin’ from?

Shut up.

(tense music playing)


(glass shatters)


Fuck. Let’s move. Let’s go.

What are you doin’?!

Gettin’ the fuck outta here!

Oh shit, oh shit!

What do we do?


All right.

Stay here.


If you don’t move, he’s not gonna hit you.

I’m gonna go around, try to get in the house through the back, and then I’ll take him out.

But if you go out there, he’s gonna kill you.

It’s dark, and he has shit aim.

Nobody’s gonna kill me.

Then he’s gonna kill us.

Do you trust me?

♪ ♪



(glass shatters)

♪ ♪


♪ ♪



Put the gun down, slide it over to me and then stay up here for another hour.

That’s all you have to do.

Please don’t do it.



(walkie-talkie static)

Kathleen (over walkie): Anthony? Anthony?

Anthony, hold them where they are.

We’re almost there.


(distant shout): Run!

(vehicles revving)



Man (over walkie): There’s cars everywhere.

Why do you think you’re in front? Clear them.


♪ ♪

Henry: Go! Go, go, go, go!


(glass shattering)





(gun clicks)



(tires screeching)

(tires screeching)

(indistinct chatter)

♪ ♪

You okay?


Perry: He’s up there.


Perry: Two and two! Around the back, take him out!

Kathleen: Dead end, Henry.

Gonna step on out? Save us some time?


That’s all right. Doesn’t matter.

I’ll come out!

Just let the kids go!



The girl is with the man who killed Bryan.

And Sam… well, Sam’s with you.

You don’t understand!

Kathleen: But I do.

I know why you did what you did.

But did you ever stop to think that maybe he was supposed to die?

He’s just a fucking kid!

Well, kids die, Henry.

They die all the time.

You think the whole world revolves around him?

That he’s worth… everything?

Well, this is what happens when you fuck with fate.

Get ready to take him and run. Yes.

Do it.

♪ ♪

Kathleen: It’s time, Henry.


(heavy breathing)

(exhales) Okay.

♪ ♪

It ends the way it ends.

(loud rumbling)

(truck creaking)

♪ ♪



(Infected snarling, screeching)


♪ ♪






(people yelling)



(people screaming)

(shouts): Run ’em down! Run ’em down!



♪ ♪



(deep grumbling)

♪ ♪





♪ ♪

Run. Find cover. Don’t look back.


(gun clicks)


(Perry yelling)



(snarling, clicking)



(heavy breathing)


(Ellie panicking)


Henry: Help! Get the fuck away!

Get the fuck off me!

♪ ♪




(tires screeching)

(Infected screeching)




Ellie: Come on, come on!

Go, go!

(Ellie grunting)


♪ ♪



(Kathleen screaming)

This way now! Move!

(Infected roaring)


(screeching, screaming)

(crickets chirping)

Ellie: “Pew.


“As the Raven 01 approaches the red planet.”

You think they’ll be okay?

Yeah, I think… it’s easier when you’re a kid anyway.

(Ellie reading)

You don’t have anybody else relying on you.

That’s the hard part.

Well… I guess we’re doing a good job then.

What’s that comic book say?

“Endure and survive”?

“Endure and survive.”

That shit’s redundant.

Yeah, it’s-it’s not great.

(laughs) No.

Look, I don’t know exactly how I’m gettin’ to Wyoming.

I’m probably walkin’.

But… you know, if you want to.




Yeah, I think it’d be nice for Sam to have a friend.

I’ll tell him in the morning.

New day, new start.

“Bingo! Should we knock?”

(footsteps approach)

Henry: Hey.

(door closes)

“I don’t see any weird movements.

“Stiff? Negative.

“Damage here in Sector 153.

“Stella, can you hear me? I read you.”

Okay, from here.

Do I not look scared?


I’m scared… all the time…

…of scorpions!

…monster is it still you inside?

Ah, fuck.

My blood… is medicine.

(Sam groans)


(light guitar playing)

I promise.

Promise… (mouths) Promise.

♪ ♪

(bird cawing)


(Sam hums)

(snarls, yells)

(Ellie yells)


Nope, nope, nope.

(screams): Joel!

(Joel yells)



(heavy breathing)

(heavy breathing)


Are you okay?

Easy, easy, easy.

Henry, gimme the gun.

What did I do?

Joel: Shh.

What did I do? What-what-what did I do?


Joel: Henry, gimme the gun. Gimme the gun. Gimme the gun, Henry. Gimme the gun. Shh.

(shouts) Henry, no!


(Ellie screams)

(body thuds)

Joel: Oh God.

(heavy breathing)


(birds cawing)

Which way’s west?

(somber music playing)

Let’s go.

♪ ♪

(“Fuel to Fire” by Agnes Obel playing)

♪ Do you want me on your mind ♪

♪ Or do you want me to go on ♪

♪ I might be yours as sure as I can say ♪

♪ Be gone be faraway ♪

♪ Ooh ♪

♪ Ooh ♪

♪ Like fuel to fire ♪

♪ Sing quietly along ♪


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