Ellie has no concept of a world that isn’t in ruins. As we walk with her through Boston stunned by encroaching nature and appalled by the life that remains there, she simply copes, curious of the remnants of a world that she’s never been able to experience. She’s fierce, capable and self-sufficient in the face of horror, and yet she’s lost almost everyone she’s ever loved. Whatever childhood she was ever able to have was over long before you met her, and yet in the face of all of this, she holds hope for the future, standing as a symbol of hope for all humanity.
Iconic moment: Ellie’s quiet wonder when she and Joel encounter a giraffe. "So fucking cool," she says.