Whether you feel that The Last of Us 2 should feature Ellie and Joel or not, you undoubtedly have some questions about the events that transpired in the first game. Let's discuss the possibility of their answers surfacing in the game's potential sequel.
Obviously, I'm going to be talking in depth about the ending of The Last of Us here, so if you've yet to play the game, GO DO IT! Spoilers ahead, people.
Could The Last of Us 2 Further Explore The Relationship Between Joel and Ellie?
For those that were particularly invested in the characters that Naughty Dog created in their most recent masterpiece, there's one question that we all ask ourselves at the conclusion of the game: Would Ellie have chosen to sacrifice herself to potentially save mankind?
Joel doesn't give us the opportunity to receive an answer to this burning question. His own selfish, yet painfully human actions compel him to save Ellie to avoid the anguish of losing someone else. The game asks us if we'd do the same and we're left to ponder on whether these actions were justified. But what would Ellie have done?
If doctors had given Ellie the choice and presented her with the situation they found themselves in, would she have made the same decisions that Joel did? Would she have fought her way out of that base in order to survive? Or would she have taken her own life in order to ensure the survival of the human race?
Most of us would like to think that the latter would have been her choice. She was always more emotionally connected with the world and its inhabitants than Joel. His pain shut him away from everyone and compelled him to act in heinous ways. But that's not Ellie.
Should The Next Game Answer Such Questions?
Personally, I love The Last of Us in its current form. It's direct, it's perfect, and I feel like an expansion to its narrative would upset the balance that naughty Dog created. Joel and Ellie shouldn't reappear in a game together in my opinion. However, if The Last of Us 2 was to feature both Joel and Ellie once more, this question should be at the heart of the game. We need to see how Ellie is hurt by the lack of a decision at this moment.
Has she grown into a woman now? Is she still haunted by the actions of Joel? We've no idea where Neil Druckmann will take this universe, but we'd love to hear where you want it to go!