By Any Means is the twenty seventh of thirty-eight cinematics shown in The Last of Us. It is approximately four minutes and forty-two seconds long.


Note that the dialogue is copied from the subtitles.

[The scene opens to Ellie waking up in a cell. James is just outside, using a meat cleaver to chop the limbs off of a human corpse. Crouching, Ellie approaches the gate, and sees James chop an arm from a corpse. She reacts with a quiet panic, causing James to turn to her. He puts the cleaver down and leaves the room. While gone, Ellie rattles the gate, trying to pry it open. After a few seconds, David enters the room with a tray of food. Ellie stops rattling the gate, looking at him.]

Ellie: Oh...

David: How are you feeling?

Ellie: Super.

David: Here. [David pushes the tray of food into Ellie's cage.] You should eat. I know you're hungry -- been out for quite some time.

Ellie: What is it?

David: It's deer.

Ellie: With some human helping on the side?

David: No. No, I promise. It's... just the deer meat.

Ellie: You're a fucking animal.

[Ellie bends down and starts eating the food.]

David: Oh. [David bends down, facing Ellie.] you're awfully quick to judgment. Considering you and your friend killed how many men?

Ellie: They didn't give us a choice.

David: And you think we have a choice? Is that it? You kill to survive... and so do we. We have to take care of our own. By any means necessary.

Ellie: So now what? You gonna chop me up into tiny pieces?

David: I'd rather not. Please tell me your name.

[Ellie shoves the food plate out of her cell, standing. David stares abashed.]

Ellie: You're so full of shit.

David: On the contrary, I've been, ah, [David stands.] been quite honest with you. Now I think it's your turn. It's the only way I'm gonna be able to convince the others.

Ellie: Convince them of what?

David: That you can come around. You have heart. You're loyal. And you're special.

[David places his hand over Ellie's, which was gripping the cage bars.]

Ellie: Oh...

[Ellie puts her hand on David's. After a moment, she then breaks his finger. She tries to grab his cell keys, but he grabs her arm, yanking her into the cell door, stunning her.]

Ellie: Oh, fuck...

David: [gripping his broken finger. To Ellie.] You stupid little girl. You are making it very difficult to keep you alive. What am I supposed to tell the others now?

Ellie: Ellie.

David: What?

Ellie: Tell them that... Ellie is the little girl that broke your fucking finger!

David: How did you put it? Hmm? Tiny pieces? See you in the morning, Ellie.

[David exits the room, leaving Ellie on the floor, alone. The scene cuts to Joel, who awakes in the cellar of a house with a sharp gasp. He grunts, slowly picking himself up to a kneeling position. He spies round the room.]

Joel: Ellie?

[Joel sees his bag. Standing up, he grabs it and puts it on. He then looks up the nearby staircase. End cinematic.]

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