This scene is so powerful. Ellie who usually is so calm and collected,even when she’s scared or angry, getting to the point where she can’t help but go berserk and go to town on David’s face… Then breaking down and crying, is simply a vulnerable side of Ellie that we hadn’t really seen until this point.
Then the beginning of the next chapter/season, is so heart-breaking. As we see the real depth to the writing and character development. It doesn’t flash away to a few weeks later where everything is good as new. With almost no other way to say it, Ellie seems broken, with the stress of trying to keep Joel alive as well as her own fight for survival during those winter months. Both her a Joel at the start of the Spring chapter are clearly exhausted and weathered from their travels, and are close to their wits end.