Before we go any further, full credit to Games Radar's Leon Hurley who's pretty sure that he's worked out how Uncharted 4 will end. I'll warn you now: It's not a particularly happy send off for our dear old Nathan Drake.
Obviously, this is purely (informed) speculation, but just in case Hurley is right I'd advise all readers wary of spoilers to stop and turn back now!
Right then. The first thing to remember when basing theories on Naughty Dog's trailers, is that these devious pooches lie. Uncharted 4's creative director, Neil Druckmann, has freely admitted this in interviews:
We purposely deceived [players] with certain trailers.
A prime example being this misleading shot from The Last of Us's trailer, in which a reticent Ellie prepares to shoot an infected-looking Joel; a scene that never appeared in the final game.
So, prepare to be deceived.
A Familiar Face
One of the biggest mysteries in the trailer is the identity of this old man who appears in the jail house scene. Although he speaks with a Spanish accent and is missing a neck tattoo, Hurley has speculated that this is actually an older version of Nate's brother Sam:
Granted, the old man speaks with a Spanish accent and is missing Sam's small neck tattoo, but this wouldn't be the first time Naughty Dog has edited a trailer to throw us off the scent.
Hurley's theory is this:
The reason it “will be really hard to do a sequel” is because the end of the game sees Nate and Drake thrown into prison for a long time and emerge as much older characters - they escape and get the treasure eventually, but as men in their 50s, definitely making it tricky for another studio to pick up the torch after. There’s a narrative precedent here too: Sam’s already spent 15 years forgotten in a foreign prison. No reason it can’t happen again.
That would certainly be a harsh send off for Drake, robbing him of a good chunk of his life. It would also fit with the darker tone Druckmann's said was inspired by The Last of Us, punishing Drake for pursuing lost treasure instead of a stable, happy life with Elena.
Is That Really...Him?
Not convinced? Well, there's a second shot in the trailer which, at first glance, seems to be part of the same scene. But take a closer look and the man with his back to us doesn't appear to be the same person.
His hair is darker, the nose is slightly off and the shirt seems different. Could it be that...
Is this really the way Drake's story ends?