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We can't have loose ends.
— Mel talking to Owen Moore.[1]

Mel was a supporting character in The Last of Us Part II. She was a former member of the Fireflies and a member of the Washington Liberation Front.[2]

Biography

Background and early life

Mel was originally a member of the Fireflies in Salt Lake City and trained as a medic under Dr. Jerry Anderson, a brilliant surgeon who was considered by his colleagues to be the only person capable of manufacturing a vaccine against the Cordyceps brain infection. During her time with the Fireflies, Mel and Abby had already become close friends, as evidenced by her thanking Abby for recommending that he teach Mel more complicated medical procedures. The surgeon's death by Joel Miller's hands in April 2034 destroyed any hope the group had against curing the Cordyceps infection and was one of the leading factors to the Fireflies' ultimately disbanding.[2]

Mel ended up in a group of ex-Fireflies with Jerry's daughter Abby Anderson, along with Owen Moore, Manny Alvarez, Nora Harris, Jordan, Nick and Leah in search of a new place to call home. They eventually reached Seattle and were taken in by the Washington Liberation Front, dubbed by their leader Isaac Dixon as the "Salt Lake Crew".[2] Mel was made a medic in the WLF's military, and eventually formed a romantic relationship with Owen and became pregnant with his child.[1]

When Abby discovered where Joel's brother Tommy Miller was living, Mel was one of the ones who agreed to go after the lead in hopes of finding Joel and making him pay for what he did to them.[3]

Jackson

Abby orders Mel to tourniquet Joel's leg.

When the group made it to Jackson, Mel revealed to Owen that she was pregnant with his child, leading Owen to wander from the hideout they had established at the Baldwin mansion.

Mel was at the mansion when Abby brought Joel and his brother Tommy to the fortified location where they are camped out. She watched as Abby viciously beat Joel to death, and was one of several who voted that they should kill Ellie to tie up loose ends, but Owen talked them down, making the point that they would be no better than Joel if they did so.

Ironically, while she considers Joel to deserve worse than what he got, Mel was horrified by the cruelty that she witnessed and regretted taking part in the act, as well as being disturbed by what Abby was capable of. Following this, she and the rest of the group returned to Seattle without further complications. However, Mel became distant from Abby, leading to a fracturing in her relationship with Owen.

Seattle

Mel was assigned with Abby and Manny to head out to the FOB past the stadium, cleared for duty despite being in the late stages of pregnancy. While feelings were strained between the two following Jackson, they exchanged pleasantries until their truck was attacked by a Seraphite hunting party, sending them crashing into an abandoned warehouse.

Forced to fight their way past the Infected and the Seraphites, they were cornered at a gas station but were rescued by a patrol of Wolves who killed the remaining assailants and took them to the FOB. Having been shot in the shoulder during the skirmish, Mel was taken to the medical facilities to be stitched up. There, she meets up with Nora. Later, Mel was harshly interrogated by Isaac on Owen's whereabouts following Danny's death and Abby's disappearance, though she did not reveal anything.[2]

Mel later met up with Abby at the aquarium, who asked her to treat Yara's broken arm. Mel determined that Yara's arm was beyond saving, and sent Abby out with Lev to get supplies to amputate it safely. Following their return, Mel surgically amputated Yara's broken limb and stitched up the wound, saving Yara's life.[3]

The next day, she told Abby that she plans to leave with Owen and the others for Santa Barbara, provided that Abby doesn't come with them because she was unforgivably awful, which Abby agreed with. When Lev ran away, Mel questioned Abby's motives, but Abby insisted that she was trying to do the right thing and convinced Owen to stay with her.

While they were gone, Ellie broke into the aquarium and killed Alice, their guard dog, and snuck up on Mel and Owen arguing over whether or not to pursue Abby to the Seraphites' island. As Mel began to leave, the couple were caught off guard by Ellie. Holding them at gunpoint, she ordered Mel to point to Abby's location on a map, despite Owen's pleas for her not to as he believed Ellie would kill them once she had what she wants. Though Mel initially agreed to, Owen leapt at Ellie to grab her gun but she shot him in the chest, leading to an enraged Mel who draws her knife and attacks Ellie. Ellie eventually stabbed Mel in her neck with her own knife, and approached Owen, who muttered with his dying breath not to attack her because she was pregnant. By then Mel had already died, and Ellie was horrified to discover that the woman she has killed was far along with a child. Tommy and Jesse arrived and took the shaken Ellie away from the aquarium.[4]

Abby and Lev found Mel and Owen's bodies when they returned to the aquarium. Deeply horrified by their deaths, Abby broke down but Lev found and gave her the map that Ellie had used to interrogate the deceased, which also marked where their base was. The two left to avenge their fallen friends.[5]

Personality and traits

Mel was a strong-headed but caring individual, showing that she was as capable as any other WLF member. She often put her medical expertise to use to help others, especially her friends.[2]

However, her independent nature and stubbornness was dangerous to her well-being. She endangered herself and her unborn child by traveling alone to the aquarium, through areas of the city not controlled by the WLF.[2]

Mel's approach to violence was strictly needs-based, displayed in how she would only kill in self-defense, like when Ellie attacked her and Owen,[4] and only voiced to kill others for fear it would threaten her safety later, revealed in how she agreed that leaving Tommy and Ellie alive was too great a risk.[1]

Although, she did have some morality, evident in how she had a sense of pity for her enemies, especially children.[3] She was also opposed to torture, revealing in how she was the only member of the group visibly perturbed by Abby's brutality and the only member to regret taking part in it.[2]

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