‘The Last of Us’ Part 2 Release Date, Gameplay, News & Update: Joel Dead Joins ‘Naughty Dog’ Installment; Ellie Embarks Vengeful Journey

By Kaye Reese , Updated Dec 06, 2016 08:11 AM EST

Naughty Dog's "The Last of Us" Part 2 recently debuted its trailer during the Playstation X Event alongside the standalone, Chloe-centric "Uncharted 4: The Lost Legacy." Fans couldn't contain their excitement over this latest installment of the franchise, especially since Ellie (voiced by Ashley Johnson) will be the main playable character in the game.

However, the trailer's first glimpse into "The Last of Us" Part 2 showed Ellie alone in her room, surrounded by dead corpses she may have had a hand in killing. Joel (voice by Troy Baker) is also there, but it appears as if he is merely an apparition now. Is Ellie's guardian dead in "The Last of Us" Part 2?

What went down in 'The Last of Us' Part One

Fans would recall that during the last moments of "The Last of Us," Joel had stopped Ellie from sacrificing herself for the cure to the Cordyceps epidemic. Instead, he had shot Marlene, who was trying to convince him to hand his stepdaughter over for humanity's sake while Ellie was passed out unconscious. He later on lied to Ellie that they no longer needed her for the cure, while Ellie is visibly disappointed with her surrogate father. What should fans expect in "The Last of Us" Part 2?

What to expect from 'The Last of Us'

According to game creator Neil Druckmann, "The Last of Us" Part 2 will be all about Ellie being vengeful. There's very little to go on as to why she would turn out this way, but if the theories about Joel's fate are true, then Ellie would have been justifiably spiteful about losing her fatherly companion. Fans can therefore expect Joel's presence in the game to serve more as a guide for her as she goes on her journeys. Excited for the game's sequel? Stay tuned for more "The Last of Us" Part 2 news and updates.

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