Recap: The Last of Us Part II – PSX 2016 Reveal Trailer

I don’t often write about games here, but some times I make an exception. I’ve reviewed a few games back in the day, including the story DLC for The Last of Us, which was called Left Behind. Now, some of you may know this, but if you don’t then let me level with you: 2013’s The Last of Us is my favorite game of all-time.

Now, it didn’t necessarily need a sequel, but I’ve been hoping for one for a long time now. Today, at the end of the PlayStation Experience, PlayStation reveled that we are, in fact, getting a sequel: The Last of Us Part II. You can watch the reveal trailer above, and when you’re done, I’ve got a trailer recap for you right here. 

Now, as you might expect, I will be mentioning spoilers for the original The Last of Us game, so go play that game and get back to this article later. Still here? Okay then. Before talking about what we see in the trailer, let’s go over what they’re saying in the trailer.

ELLIE (Singing ‘Through the Valley’): “I walked through the valley of the shadow of death, and I fear no evil because I’m blind to it all. In my mind, my gun, they come through me, because I know I’ll kill my enemies when they come. Surely, goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell on this Earth forever more. Said, I walk beside the still waters and they restore my soul. But I can’t walk on the path of the right because I’m wrong. No, I can’t walk on the path of the right, because I’m wrong.”

JOEL: “What are you doing, kiddo? You really gonna go through with this?”

ELLIE: “I’m gonna find, and I’m gonna kill, every last one of them.”

Very, very exciting. And a good song choice. Let’s get to the visuals.

TLOU2, pic 1

Our first real confirmation – in the trailer itself – that this is indeed The Last of Us related. A Firefly logo on a stop sign. I guess we’re stopping the remaining Fireflys, huh?

TLOU2, pic 2

After we get our first real look at Ellie – who is bleeding and looks much older – we see the room that she’s sitting in. It looks just right. It feels like The Last of Us. In the PlayStation Experience panel, Neil Druckmann confirmed that we’ll be playing as Ellie in The Last of Us: Part II, and that Ellie is 19 years old in this game.

TLOU2, pic 3

And then we see Joel. I find it very interesting that she isn’t with him at first, in the trailer. Sure, Ellie runs away from Joel at times in the original game, but why is he walking out of white light? More on my theory later on.

TLOU2, pic 4

Here we get a good look at an older Ellie. She is angry and she wants her revenge. At the game’s PlayStation Experience panel, Neil Druckmann said that the sequel is about hate as much as the first one was about love between our two protagonists. We’ll see what that means, when the game is finally released down the line.

Here at the end, I’d like to offer my own theory about what’s going to happen in the game. Now, I know that other people have probably thought of this, but this was a theory that I came up with on my own just by watching the trailer for the first time.

Here’s my theory. I think Joel is dead at the time of what’s being shown here. I know, I know, I don’t want it to be true either, but look at the trailer. All the signs are there, and I think the song hints at it too. He’s walking out of the white light and into the ‘real world.’ He doesn’t look like he has aged as much as Ellie has, and we only see him from the back. I think Joel is dead here, and I think she’s looking for revenge on the people who killed him.

That’s my theory, and if that isn’t right, then the only other thing I could imagine is that Joel hasn’t told Ellie that he killed Marlene, and now she’s looking to take down whoever killed Marlene. Remember, Joel lied to Ellie about what happened. Maybe I’m right about one of these theories, maybe I’m wrong. We’ll see. In any case, we’ve got a long time to make predictions and theories. I don’t think this game will be released until, maybe, 2019. I can’t wait.

– Jeffrey Rex

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