@yummylee: That really bums me out then and makes me dislike that ending now. It sets up perfectly for it to be continued in a sequel but now it looks to end up becoming like a horror film ending... Bizarre cut to fin if there's no sequel. Too much of a broad ending.
I personally am very glad there won't be a continuation to the story of Ellie and Joel. It ended pretty much exactly where I wanted it to. I don't really see why anything else needs to be said after that final scene. They've come to terms with what they've done and are ready to move on.
Joel has, but Ellie's just as hollow and broken by the end of The Last of Us as Joel was in the beginning. She lays it all bare for him on that cliff. Everything she's seen and done since Boston has been for nothing. Ellie believed that through sacrificing herself to find a vaccine for the infection she would have been redeemed for all of the heinous, awful things she's done in the name of survival. Joel stole that redemption from her and perhaps worst of all, he stole her hope for the future. And she knows. She practically begged him to come clean, to give back her hope, but Joel is selfish. He's found his replacement for Sarah and he will manipulate or destroy anything that threatens that.
Joel is a real piece of shit, if you didn't guess.
That's not how I saw that ending. I do think Ellie isn't quite fully accepting of the events that played out just yet, but she quite obviously knows that Joel was lying to her at the end. Her final word of acceptance feels like her giving in to the lie and agreeing to live with what Joel has done for her. Joel may have been a completely terrible person for killing all those people and stealing away Ellie's hope for humanity, but it so perfectly fits his character that I couldn't find any fault in it. It was selfish and horrific, but I can't help but agree with him for Ellie's sake.