Personally, while I understand why he did it, I still think it was the wrong decision.
If you look at it from a black and white perspective and in terms of the bigger picture, Joel absolutely DIDN'T make the right decision, especially considering that it's what Ellie herself wanted at that time. He basically said "Fuck you" to humanity so that he himself could still be happy and have Ellie, which, on the surface, looks pretty damn selfish.
Especially since you think about people like Henry and Sam from earlier in the game who have been forced to go through some horrible shit of their own and how their story ended, and you multiply that out to the entire human race. Then, once you do that, and you go back to Joel, and it's like, "Dude, you think you're the only one who had to suffer? You think you're the only one who lost his kid or someone they really cared deeply about throughout this whole fiasco? You think that this sucks just for you? Look at Henry, Sam, and Tess. You think they didn't go through shit of their own? Your own brother? His struggles and fighting could have finally been over and he could've had his family in peace if you hadn't flushed it down the drain."
He made his decision from a place of grief, sorrow, and pain. But considering what he had to go through, what other place could he have made it from? The fact is, it's not as black and white as I seemed to have described, in fact, this situation is as gray is it could get.
Do you want to save all of humanity at the expense of you never being happy again? That would lead to an even more depressing, and even tragic, path for Joel had he done that. It's a really fucking tough choice to make when you're in that position, and at that time, he thought with his heart instead of his brain. He also could have thought about Henry and Sam and thought that he didn't want to end up like Henry.
So while I don't think it was the right decision from the bigger perspective, I don't condone him for it because, I sure as hell wouldn't want to be in his position. Who would?
That's one thing that I'm hoping gets addressed in the second one, especially what Ellie must think of it.
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