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We can choose to be happy.
―Owen talking to Abby Anderson[1]

Owen Moore was a supporting character in Abby's story and an antagonist in Ellie's story in The Last of Us Part II. He was a member of the Washington Liberation Front (WLF) and a former member of the Fireflies stationed in Salt Lake City. He dated Abby before dating Mel.[2]

Biography

Background and early life

Before joining the Washington Liberation Front, he worked as a Firefly soldier at the Salt Lake City outpost commanded by Dr. Jerry Anderson. In order to stay on the surgeon's good side while he dated his daughter Abby, Owen would apparently act "extra nice" to Jerry and get nervous when he had to give out orders. In his spare time, Owen honed his skills as an artist, even sketching his then-girlfriend Abby and giving the charcoal drawing to her as a gift.[3]

In late April 2034, Owen found Abby and her father Jerry in the woods trying to free a zebra stuck in barbed wire. At Jerry's insistence, Owen helped them reunite the zebra with her newborn foal before bringing Abby and Jerry up to speed on the situation at the Fireflies hospital: the girl Marlene kept talking about had shown up in the tunnels with an old bite mark and no signs of infection. Incredulous, Jerry led the two teens back to St. Mary's Hospital. A few hours later, Owen and Manny Alvarez discovered Jerry's dead body on the floor of the operating room. When Abby arrived on the scene, Owen tried in vain to stop her from seeing her father's bloodied body, holding her as she broke down in tears.[3]

In the aftermath of Joel's choice, the Fireflies disbanded and scattered to other factions. Owen ended up regrouping with Abby, Manny, Mel, Jordan, Nick, Leah and Nora Harris in search of a new group to join. They eventually met Isaac Dixon, who convinced them to join the Washington Liberation Front in Seattle.[3]

Later, Owen discovered the Seattle Waterfront Aquarium, which he claimed as his own during an outing with Abby. At some point, he broke up with Abby for unspecified reasons, and began dating Mel sometime later.[4]

Finding Joel

Around December 2037, four years after the Fireflies disbanded and a year after Owen began dating Mel, Abby learned that Joel's brother Tommy was living in a settlement in Wyoming. Finally armed with a lead on Joel, Abby came to Owen's hideout at the aquarium to ask him to come with her and her group to Wyoming, hoping to finally avenge the Fireflies in Salt Lake City. While Owen was somewhat hesitant, he agreed to come with her, and the group left with Isaac's permission to Wyoming.[2]

Owen and the group eventually reached Wyoming in March 2038, staying in the abandoned Baldwin mansion outside of Jackson. Soon after, Mel informed Owen that she was pregnant with his child, which they kept secret from the others. While scouting early in the morning, Owen realized that Jackson was much larger and better equipped than the group expected. He quickly showed Abby, knowing the group, like himself, would want to turn back. He also revealed he had got Mel pregnant. Frustrated and hurt, Abby scolded him and headed towards a nearby lookout, leaving Owen to return to their group.[2]

Return to Seattle

A few weeks later, Owen returned with the others to Seattle. He became distant from his friends, avoiding Abby in the dining hall and purposely avoided seeing Mel at all since returning.[3]

Later, he was on a mission with a WLF soldier named Danny. When faced with an old Seraphite who appeared exhausted and ready to die, Owen showed mercy. Danny ordered Owen to shoot him but he refused, saying he was done with killing Scars. The two got into a scuffle, and Owen ended up shooting Danny and fleeing to hide from the WLF. Danny made it back to the WLF's forward operating base (FOB) and died after telling their leader that Owen shot him.[3]

After hearing this news from Isaac, Abby defied her orders and found Owen hidden away in a small boat outside of the aquarium. Owen explained his encounter with Danny to Abby, and tells her that he's done with the war against the Seraphites. He informed Abby about the "lead" that there are Fireflies regrouping around Santa Barbara, and his plans to leave Seattle to find them. Abby rejected the idea, resulting in a heated argument that turned physical. However, the fighting stopped and the pair had sex.[3]

The next morning, Abby left Owen to help saved two apostate Seraphite teenagers, Lev and Yara, who had helped her escape the Seraphites the previous night. She did so because Yara' arm was shattered by a Seraphite, leaving her vulnerable. While gone, Mel arrived at the aquarium. When Abby returned with the teenagers, Owen held back their dog Alice from attacking Lev. As Mel assessed Yara's shattered arm, she concluded she had to amputate it. Abby offered to retrieve the supplies from the WLF's hospital but Owen remarked she would not make it back in time. He suggested cauterizing the wound but Abby revealed Yara would just die from infection. Lev suggested using the Seraphite bridges high up in skyscrapers to reach the WLF's hospital in only two hours. The Seraphite-controlled area left Owen concerned but Abby moved to go anyway. While trying to unlock the door, Owen stated he wanted to talk about the previous night. Abby showed no interest and left with Lev.[4]

Hours later, when Abby returned with the supplies, she and Owen talked about how Yara and Lev reminded them of how they were years ago.

The next day, Owen found Abby and Yara inside the aquariums merchandise section, and jokingly said they were not allowed to take his "stuff". As soon as Yara went to look for an upset Lev, Owen asked Abby if she was going to come along for the journey to Santa Barbara. Abby explained that the conflict with her and Mel was too much to handle, but Owen insisted that they could figure out their love triangle. Their conversation was interrupted when Lev stole a boat to return to the Seraphite island to see his mother. Owen explained that he could only fix the sailboat within a few hours, so Abby and Yara decided to go on their own. Owen tried to leave with Abby, much to Mel's displeasure. Abby ordered Owen to stay put until she retrieved Lev.[1]

When nightfall drew, and Abby hadn't returned, Owen wanted to go after Abby, but Mel disapproved, both out of anger for Abby and fear of going to the island. Owen tells Mel to just go back to the WLF if she really felt that way. Their argument was interrupted however, when Ellie, the girl from Jackson, appeared in the room and held the two at gunpoint. Ellie asked about Abby's whereabouts. Mel wanted to know if Ellie would spare them, but Owen said that if they disclosed that information, she would kill them both. Ellie decided to test both of them by having asking them both point to where Abby was located on her map of Seattle. Mel agreed, to which Owen scolded her. Owen approached closer to Ellie, telling her she did not have to do this but Ellie aimed her gun at him told him to stay back. When Ellie asked Mel for Abby's location a second and third time to no avail, Ellie pointed her gun at Mel, causing Owen to panic and try to disarm Ellie. Ellie punched Owen and then shot him in the chest. Mel tried to attack Ellie but was stabbed by her soon after as well. In his final moments, Owen, choking on his own blood, informed Ellie that Mel was pregnant. Owen then bled out and died.[5]

Later, when Abby returned to the aquarium with Lev (Yara had died on the island), she found the bodies of Alice, Mel and Owen. Abby, in distress, vomited and cried. Lev, however found a map their killer left behind, and the two embarked on a mission to find those responsible and avenge Owen and Mel's deaths.[1]

Legacy

Abby and Lev chose to follow Owen's dream, and traveled in his sailboat to Santa Barbara to look for the Fireflies. Owen turned out to be correct; while the Fireflies had left Santa Barbara itself, they had begun regrouping and were stationed on Catalina Island.[6]

Personality and traits

Owen was a supportive person who cared for his friends. He lacked violent tendencies and still believed there was good in the world; this was especially evident with Abby, who he thought was still a good person despite her hardened nature. Owen was still optimistic that he would find the remaining Fireflies in Santa Barbara, hoping to no longer fight for the WLF's war since he saw it as "pointless."[3]

Even with enemies, like the Seraphites, Owen did not take pleasure in killing them if they chose not to fight back, even sparing one elderly Seraphite and actively abandoning the WLF to avoid participating in the war.[3] He also successfully argued in favor of sparing Ellie and Tommy, even though Manny and Jordan insisted on killing them in Jackson.[2]

In spite of this, Owen could be reckless. For instance, he jumped on Ellie in order to prevent Mel from revealing Abby's location but failed to tell Ellie about Mel's pregnancy to deescalate the confrontation.[5]

He was also unfaithful towards Mel, and he still harbored romantic feelings for Abby, to the point where the two had an affair.[3]

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Trivia

  • Owen is the only member of Abby's group in the lodge to have shown sympathy for his enemies, which makes him indirectly responsible for the deaths of Abby's group, including himself.[2] He convinced them to spare Ellie and Tommy, who would eventually kill the entire group, with the exception of Abby.[5][6]

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