‘Never Let Me Down Again’ by Depeche Mode is the song that plays at the end of The Last of Us episode 1.

This song indicates worrying scenarios for characters Bill and Frank, who we will be introduced to later in the show as songs from the ’80s signal trouble according to their secret code.

As Joel, Ellie, and Tess leave the compound, ‘Never Let Me Down Again’ by Depeche Mode begins to play on Joel’s radio at the end of the episode.

The release of this song was back in 1987, implying bad news for both of these future characters, one of which is played by Nick Offerman.

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Last of Us Episode 1 Ellie in chains

What Does the Outro Song in The Last of Us Episode 1 Mean?

Earlier in the first episode, Ellie finds a book with the Billboard No.1 hits listed inside. In the book, there is a communication code in which Bill and Frank would send Joel messages.

Bill and Frank are two smugglers who work with Joel to get supplies into the compound. The three smugglers have a secret code that relays over the radio to indicate certain scenarios.

Bill and Frank would tell Joel whether they had stock available from smuggling operations or if they were in danger. They would do so using songs from different generations.

Here is the code they use:

  • Songs from the ’60s – No stock
  • Songs from the ’70s – New stock available
  • Songs from the ’80s – They are in trouble
The radio where the song at the end of  The Last of Us Episode 1 plays

You can listen to the full song over on YouTube here:

Or you can add it to your Spotify playlist:

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