'The Last of Us 2' Release Date, News & Update: Joel Likely Killed; Fireflies Have Anything To Do With It? Gameplay Details

By Kaye Reese , Updated Dec 14, 2016 08:22 AM EST

Naughty Dog's "The Last of Us 2" is one of the most highly anticipated games right now in the video game arena. This especially after the phenomenal success of its sibling franchise, "Uncharted 4." But perhaps what's more tantalizing about the upcoming sequel are the theories about what it's supposed to explore in its release. But the biggest theory about "The Last of Us 2" is a harrowing one--and it involves Joel's death.

What the theories are about

As fans know, "The Last of Us 2" is set on a postapocalyptic world. In the sequel, Ellie (voiced by Ashley Johnson) is now all grown up--a little too much, in fact, as she's shown in the trailer to be surrounded by dead bodies. They don't appear to be the same infected humans as they were in the first "The Last of Us" installment, however.

"The Last of Us 2" trailer turned even more haunting when it's revealed that Emily was playing guitar while a dead body was at her feet. Her father figure Joel, whose face is never shown, asked Ellie what she was trying to do, and if she was going to go through with her plans. She then replied that she was going to "find and kill every single one of them."

Joel dead?

Currently, the prevailing theory about "The Last of Us 2" is that Joel is dead, according to Eurogamer. That would be enough reason for Ellie to go insane and on a hunting spree to kill people. Certainly, the two have no shortage of enemies--but based on the ending of "The Last of Us," it's likely that the Fireflies may have had something to do with it. After all, Joel refused to let Ellie go even to save humanity in the prequel's finale. The Fireflies would certainly be on top of the suspects' list if Joel does indeed turn out to be dead. 

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