Almost two years down the road from its release Naughty Dog's Uncharted 4: A Thief's End continues to provide material for conversation. This may seem a little late in coming, but in this post I will be discussing a new perspective on the character of Elena Fisher (Fisher-Drake?) and will be covering some spoiler-y material, so you've been warned!

Uncharted 4 and most of the discussion surrounding its release window all seem to color the characters of Nathan and Elena the same way: Nate is the hotheaded adventure junky who refuses to grow up and Elena is the responsible adult who just wants her family to be safe. While this portrayal isn't necessarily wrong, it definitely comes across as a little one sided, putting Nate squarely in the bad guy's seat. I would argue that Elena shares more of the blame than the Uncharted community wants to attribute to her.

Nathan Drake was raised by a mother who was a historian and adventurer. After her untimely death he was essentially adopted by another adventurer although of a more profit-minded variety. Until he met Elena during the events of Drake's Fortune, treasure hunting was the only life he had ever envisioned for himself. The family of friends he created for himself after losing his own was all sourced from that world. Elena was asking him to leave everything and everyone he had ever known to start his life with her. Relationships involve sacrifice and this was the biggest one you could ask from Nate. The on again, off again nature of their relationship throughout Uncharteds two and three exhibit Nate's struggle to accept this change.

Elena's real selfishness comes when you look at her motivation for asking this sacrifice of her husband. She guilts Nate into leaving the life and people he loved in order to pursue the idyllic life she thought they ought to lead, hoping they could trick themselves into being satisfied by a lie. Elena herself admits to not being satisfied with the life they are found to be leading at the outset of Uncharted 4. After everything the two of them have been through, the nine to five life was no longer suited to Nate or Elena. At the first opportunity, brought about by his brother, Nate jumps right back into his old high stakes life as a treasure hunter because in his heart he never really left it behind. At Elena's urging, her and Nate overcorrected their course in order live the white picket fantasy she thought that they wanted.

While Nate was in the wrong lying to his wife and running off on a dangerous quest with his unpredictable long lost brother, the pressure that Elena was putting on him to live a lie only served to drive him to it. He just wasn't quite ready to leave the life and family he had built for himself through the previous three games. And through the events of A Thief's End, you see both Nate and Elena mature enough to realize what they want from life and what they need to do to attain it.

Not to be down on Elena (On national women's day no less!), but I think this an often overlooked but equally valid way of seeing the events of Uncharted 4. Props to Naughty Dog for writing a story that continues to inspire conversation even this far out from launch!