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What Can We Expect in LAST OF US 2 From The Trailers

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Chilling is how I would describe what I’ve seen of this latest chapter in the Last of Us series. Sony has released two new trailers for Last of Us 2 the sequel to the blockbuster, post-apocalyptic horror game by Naughty Dog Studios and between the two videos, this next game looks to be darker and more merciless than the last.

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The original game followed the seemingly hopeless story of Joel and Ellie, two survivors in a world overrun by mutant cordyceps that turned humans into zombie-like creatures (If you’ve never heard of cordyceps before, they are a real and terrifying fungus that infects insects and will give you nightmares for weeks). Last of Us managed to combine spine-tingling horror with a heart-wrenching story that earned it widespread critical acclaim, so it’s thrilling to hear that the next game will be debuting this week at E3, one of the largest events showcasing computer and video games and related products. In anticipation for all the announcements that will be made at E3 lets take a look at what the Last of Us 2 trailers have to say. 

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The first video gives us a look at a slightly older and battle-worn Ellie. She sings a pained version of Shawn James’s Through The Valley over the bodies of men we can assume she has executed (she is literally dripping with their blood). Though the tableau depicts the aftermath of ruthless violence, it also has an air of sadness. It seems as if Ellie is saying goodbye to her innocence while Joel looks on visibly shaken by her. In this moment Ellie is dedicating herself to a new path: Cold-blooded revenge. Against who? Well we don’t know yet, but, whoever they may be, they are in a lot of trouble.

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The second trailer, released at Paris Games Week, might give an explanation as to why. In it a woman is hung from a tree and interrogated by what appears to be members of a cult. Brandishing a knife at the woman’s stomach, the leader proclaims: “They are nested with sin”; perhaps indicating the woman is pregnant. If we take this scene as having happened in the past, we could be looking at Ellie’s mother, Anna. The video goes on to introduce another woman being dragged in and things get very brutal from there. This all seems to be a case of in-fighting between fractured members of the cult and if the theory that this is Ellie’s mom is to believed then this could be the start of the faction known as the Fireflies, the militia group we meet in the first Last of Us game who is hellbent on curing the cordyceps brain infection.

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So it looks like we might be diving deep into Ellie’s past in Last of Us 2, but there are still a lot of questions to be answered such as who is Ellie angry at, what role will Joel play in all of this, and most importantly, when will we get our hands on the game? We’ll have to make sure to keep an eye on the E3 livestream’s to find out.

What theories do you have about Last of Us 2? Let us know in the comments below!

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Hailing from New York, Jessica Fisher is a writer, artist, and all around geek. In addition to Geek & Sundry, she writes for Gameosity.com and produces the Gameosity Reviews Youtube Channel. Find her talking about all things geeky on Twitter as @miniktty.

Image Credits: Sony

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