The continuation of “The Last of Us” TV series on HBO has been confirmed, and plans for a second season have already been set in motion, largely attributed to the favorable reception the show has received and the launch of the second game in the series. The “The Last of Us” TV series is likely to feature the original introduction of Joel and Abby as envisioned by the writers, in its adaptation of The Last of Us Part 2.
The scene featuring Abby in The Last of Us Part 2 was initially planned to be different, but it ended up being a crucial point in the game’s story. The accompanying art book for the game reveals an alternate idea that would have changed Abby’s role in this significant scene. It shows that the game’s content was sometimes set in its final form.
Caution: This article reveals spoilers for the conclusion of the first part of “The Last of Us” and crucial elements of Part 2, which may impact your experience of the game if you have not completed it. Abby holds a vital part in Part 2, initially encountering Joel when he comes to her aid from an infected group. However, she quickly learns that the rescuer who saved her life was also the murderer of her father, causing her great distress.
Naughty Dog originally intended for Abby to make her way into Joel’s life through a dance festival at the beginning of Part 2 of “The Last of Us.” The festival also introduces a crucial character named Dina. In a Reddit post about the concept art, many fans have noted that it would have been more fitting to introduce Abby at the dance festival instead of when Joel saves her. This is something that the producers of the TV adaptation of the game should take into consideration when planning the second season. To avoid conflicting with the Super Bowl on Sunday, episode five will air on Friday..
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The death of Joel in The Last of Us Part 2 is a topic that cannot be avoided. It was a shock for many players, who felt turned off by the game. Some have compared it to the death of Glenn in The Walking Dead, as the manner of execution was similar. While it’s understandable to have these feelings, it’s still worth considering continuing with the game.
Before the climactic moment where Abby takes Joel’s life with a golf club, Naughty Dog had a different approach in mind for the first interaction between the two characters. Despite the alteration, the result would have remained unchanged. Naughty Dog explains, “In the original plan, Abby was going to slip into the dance festival and gradually become involved in Joel’s life.”
Halley Gross, a co-writer of the game, stated in a recent interview with The Post that many scenes were written but still needed to be included in the final release. Gross said, “Joel was originally supposed to have a girlfriend in the game’s early concept, and she was named Esther.”
Joel makes a morally complex decision to kill everyone in a hospital, searching for a cure to the virus to save Ellie, which cannot be considered anything but monstrous. Despite the weight of this decision, the game did not allow the player to make it, as this was Joel’s story and not the player’s. The only way for the player to avoid witnessing this event was to stop playing the game.
The game makes you feel like you need to explore every area thoroughly, but after a certain point, it becomes tiresome. The game is very long, and while a few moments are triggered by exploration and are significant to the story, they become less frequent as you progress. You find various items like duct tape and bullets lying around, but they start to feel repetitive. Similar to the first game, the long journeys to locked doors or towards distant landmarks can be tedious and could have been made shorter. This game has plenty of gameplay, but some of the sequences could have been more concise, similar to reading a short novel or watching a two-hour movie. Some editing could have improved these lengthy sections.