Warning: This article contains spoilers for The Last of Us.
Loss produces heavy emotion; losing someone close to you tugs at your heart and can be a traumatizing experience. In the case of protagonist Joel in The Last of Us, loss is a prevalent theme that drives the narrative. In the first 10 minutes, we’re greeted with Joel and his daughter Sarah. You can tell from the get-go how close their relationship is. Sarah presents him with a watch for his birthday.