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Questions About Ellie

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I know this is late, but I haven't played the game in a few months.

 

Anyway, did we ever figure out why Ellie was immune?  Or is she just a carrier?

 

Also, if Ellie bites or scratches you, can you get infected?  If her blood, sweat, saliva, or any other bodily fluids were to touch you, could you get infected?

 

Could the infecttion affect Ellie in the long-run?  Like, do you think (or know) if she wil one day suddenly change or something?

 

Does the Cordyeps, although not harmful to her, change her behavior?

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Dec 3, 2013



Anyway, did we ever figure out why Ellie was immune?  Or is she just a carrier?

 


No. They never explained why.

 



Also, if Ellie bites or scratches you, can you get infected?  If her blood, sweat, saliva, or any other bodily fluids were to touch you, could you get infected?

 


From my understanding, yes, if she bites you, you'll get infected.  She ,likely infected david in the winter chapter

 

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Could the infecttion affect Ellie in the long-run?  Like, do you think (or know) if she wil one day suddenly change or something?

 

Does the Cordyeps, although not harmful to her, change her behavior?



No, i don't think so. There was no evidence in the game that would indicate ellie's behavior would change or the infection would eventually affect her.

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Oh.  So it's just sitting inside of her, dormant and not doing anything?

 

Okay.  Hopefully we'll find out more about it in Left Behind.  I was actually hoping for some DLC like 20 years later, Joel is really old and we play as a 35 year old Ellie or something.

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TJByrum wrote:

I know this is late, but I haven't played the game in a few months.

 

Anyway, did we ever figure out why Ellie was immune?  Or is she just a carrier?

 

Also, if Ellie bites or scratches you, can you get infected?  If her blood, sweat, saliva, or any other bodily fluids were to touch you, could you get infected?

 

Could the infecttion affect Ellie in the long-run?  Like, do you think (or know) if she wil one day suddenly change or something?

 

Does the Cordyeps, although not harmful to her, change her behavior?



- She is Immune, the cordycepts inside her mutaded, so it's different from the other infected, this is explained by Marlene during the Firefly Lab cutscene when Joel wakes up

- We can't know for sure if Ellie can infect you, even though like I said, the fungus inside her it's different from the rest.
She was probably lying to David when she told him he was infected, to create a distraction.

As for the rest i don't know, we'll have to wait for the Dlc to see if it gives uf more insight on this Smiley Happy


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TJByrum wrote:

Could the infecttion affect Ellie in the long-run?  Like, do you think (or know) if she wil one day suddenly change or something?


Perhaps. I think it won't but in the end she starts saying that she's just waiting to turn... that got me thinking.

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First off, she said she's waiting for her turn, not to turn.  There's a difference.  One specifically means she is waiting until she becomes an infected.  The other means that she is waiting for her turn to die, as (almost) all her friends have, and it should rightfully be her turn by now.

She's not going to change, the recorders in the Hospital made that clear.

Ellie's immunity is due to the fact that the cordyceps stopped at her brainstem when it mutated there.  As for why it mutated, and how, we won't ever have an answer.  It could very well be that there are other possible immune candidates out there, as the doctor noted nothing special about Ellie from his quick examination.

 

The answer is unknown as to whether Ellie's bite can infect someone.  Yes, she told David such when she bit him, but every instinct in me (and many others) says that she was lying as a distraction.  Now, that's lying on two fronts.  The first lie to David so that she could get away, and the second lie to herself, because she does not actually know either.  We can all hope that the DLC somehow shows this, but I sincerely doubt it.

 

I doubt that Ellie's behavior has been altered by the cordycep, and I also seriously hope not.  I won't want to play through a DLC in which Ellie is passive.  I'm now suddenly worried that they will do this so that we play as Riley.

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Thanks for the answers guys.

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Never given concrete reason. Only thing to go by is the medical mumbo jumbo on the doctor's tape.   For some reason, Ellie's body doesn't see itself as being infected. The cordycepts are living harmoniously with the rest of her body, and not attacking the parts of her brain that would make her flip out.


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As far as it being mutated, I don't think so. Didn't they say that cordyceps started developing in their blood samples as soon as they were drawn?

Also, wasn't one of the fan theories that it was because her mother was bitten and infected while she was pregnant with her? That's the closest to an actual explanation as any I've heard.
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The mutation at the brainstem is the one 100% thing that we know about Ellie's infecting.

 

The surgeon states it clearly in one of the recordings.  There is no need for theories on this.

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