That is a hard take. She is just a kid, and a kid that has lived through some insane events. Many people go through growing pains in real life, and make emotionally driven choices. What she goes through in TLOUPII does not define her as a person for the rest of her life, just as no single event in Joel's life defined him as a person. Most people grow and change over time. The true mark of person is the receipt of all their actions throughout their life.
Ellie is not a bad person, she is a broken person. There is a difference. Same as Joel. Joel did horrible things after Sara died, and he did a horrible thing to save Ellie, but he is not a bad person. In fact, Joel became an outstanding person in his final years, which this game celebrates him for. However, it also showed that he had to pay the price for the bad things he had done in his past. Ellie still has an oppertunity to find a purpose, and grow from her expriences in this game.
The point I am trying to make is you can not give up on Ellie, or anyone in that matter, just because of bad choices they make. Even more so, when those choices are made due to dramatic, emotion driven consequences like we see here. Nor can you clean the slate of the good things they have done, and the good times you have had with them. Letting bad events poison the memories of good events is a dangerous road to go down. That is how we loose touch with history. We have to remember the good times for what they were, the bad times for what they were, while also being able to put an overall rememberance on the whole picture.
The thing is good and bad is all perspective. To the people who kills and slaughters their friends and family and people they are bad. Hence why we get to see the story from the 'villains' point of view.
Two wrongs don't make a right and unfortunately like violence is in real life there really isn't a good outcome from it. Out of the bleak world like the TLOU it comes down the the people to make the most of what they have. Joel has done some terrible thing and couldn't escape his past, and thus igniting the circle of hate and violence. Ellie broke that at the end of the game.
We see this throughout the whole game where each side of the war between groups are very normal people who are products of their environment. Some outliers are just crazies, but there are always some in society :PLast edited by hinch - on 04 July 2020