Final Of Us Creator Compares Ellie’s Menstrual Cup To Weapons, Making A Good Level

Bella Ramsey as Ellie in Episode 6 of “The Final of Us.” Liane Hentscher/HBO

The Final of Us is subverting what audiences assume are necessary gadgets in a post-apocalyptic situation.

In episode six, the present’s central characters, Joel (Pedro Pascal) and Ellie (Bella Ramsey) are launched to Maria (Rutina Wesley), a lady who’s revealed to be the spouse of Joel’s long-lost brother, Tommy (Gabriel Luna).


One scene sees Maria leaving 14-year-old Ellie a number of important issues on high of a mattress that may probably help her in a post-industrial world brimming with fungal zombies. This consists of new garments and what seems to be a DivaCup.

Rutina Wesley as Maria in Episode 6 of “The Final of Us.” Liane Hentscher/HBO

What makes the scene important is the present’s determination to deal with this lesser-known and reusable interval product in a really understated manner. Ellie picks up the menstrual cup together with a pamphlet and reads its directions.

“Oh,” she says, seemingly just a little stunned and impressed by it. She then squishes it a bit earlier than folding it just like the instructions instruct and amusingly says: “Gross.”


The Final Of Us showrunner Craig Mazin defined to Vulture why there was a scarcity of hand-holding in the course of the menstrual cup scene.

He advised the leisure web site that they used an actual DivaCup pamphlet for the scene and used particular results to make the phrases “menstrual answer” barely bigger on the paperwork so audiences might learn the tiny font just a little higher, however determined to finish any additional clarification past that.

A menstrual cup may very well be fairly helpful in a postapocalyptic state of affairs. Volanthevist through Getty Photographs

“It goes by in a short time,” he advised Vulture. “The intention was that in case you don’t know what it’s, you’ll be able to ask somebody or you’ll be able to Google. It’s extra for the individuals who do know what it’s.”

He added: “We do that on a regular basis in exhibits with issues like weapons. Folks don’t know the way to load weapons, and we don’t clarify it to them. Why ought to we’ve to elucidate this?”


This isn’t the primary time the present, which is customized from the favored online game of the identical title, has implied that female care merchandise are as a lot of a rating throughout postapocalyptic foraging as, say, medication, weapons or cans of meals.

This diverges from the sport, wherein a participant can up their stats if their characters get hold of “collectibles” together with dietary supplements, instruments and even comics, per a information printed in IGN.

In episode three, Ellie finds a dusty bundle of Tampax Pearl tampons in an deserted comfort retailer, remarks “Fuck yeah!” when she grabs them, and proudly exhibits them off to the hyper-masculine Joel.

Ellie’s no-shame angle about having a interval is fairly revolutionary — particularly in a storyline that pulls so many male followers.

Promoting menstrual merchandise on tv was banned till 1972. After that, advertisements for tampons and pads used blue liquid to reveal the merchandise’ effectiveness.


The thought of menstruation on TV was so taboo that it was thought of edgy when Courteney Cox, earlier than her Mates fame, was the primary to make use of the phrase “interval” in an advert throughout a 1985 Tampax business, The Reduce factors out.

Standard model Kotex grew to become one of many first main menstrual product corporations to make use of crimson liquid that resembles blood of their advertisements in 2020.

Mazin defined to Vulture that he was impressed so as to add interval merchandise to the already well-established canon of issues one would discover useful after zombies have overtaken the world whereas shopping for tampons for his spouse and daughter at a Goal in the course of the COVID pandemic.

He advised the positioning that he was considering what number of containers to seize, when he realised it could be an fascinating new layer so as to add to the online game’s adaptation.

“These are fundamental gadgets that we’d want or would need,” he stated. “In a postapocalypse, it’s annoying to must cope with that and have a scarcity of choices.