The Last of Us Part 2 teaser divides fans over one big theory

Allegra Frank

Let’s talk about Joel Sony revealed The Last of Us Part 2 over the weekend with a trailer just long enough to give viewers something to speculate about. Like any popular, unproven internet theory, this one has The Last of Us players taking sides for and against it — but mostly against it. (There’s some light The Last of Us spoilers from here on out, and if this theory is true, it would be a major spoiler for The Last of Us Part 2. ) The video for The Last of Us Part 2 introduced us to an older, battle-scarred Ellie, seated alone in a bedroom.

Except she wasn’t completely alone — there were dead bodies strewn all over the house, and the blood running down her forehead suggested Ellie might have had a hand in their demise. There was one other body in there with Ellie, though: Joel, the hero of (and Ellie’s guardian in) the first game. We don’t see Joel for very long, and we never see him from the front, but it was enough to convince fans that he’s not actually still alive, after all. Instead, Joel is dead, appearing before Ellie as some sort of guide from beyond.

Plot twist: Joel is dead the whole way through TLOU2 and Ellie is imagining him while she hunts down his killers — Marianne Craven ❄ (@miss_mariii) December 4, 2016 On top of it, Joel walked into the house appearing as… well, a ghost kinda. Joel is more than likely dead. — Alpha ライアン (@AlphaFoxWarfare) December 4, 2016 Popular theory right now is that Joel is dead, and Ellie is reminiscing over past events as she plans to take revenge on the Fireflies. — Ace Trainer Merrick (@MerrickSSB)

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