The Last of Us: Part 2 looks pretty bleak. I mean, the first game wasn't exactly a cheery game either, what with its apocalyptic setting caused by fungi-infected people, the conflict of choosing between a utilitarianism or deontological approach in such a world, the grim struggle for survival our heroes Joel and Ellie had to go through against both infected and other survivors, and also that scene near the beginning. But still, that game had the theme of love running through it - director Neil Druckmann also said during PSX that it was about love - which makes things a bit better (or at least bittersweet). Plus the setting - despite the gloomy things happening in it - had pretty bright and vibrant lighting, and there was also that giraffe scene.
Well, let's hope that isn't the last we've seen of the giraffes, 'cuz we might need them again to brighten up the mood - our mood, the game's mood and Ellie's. Yes, as revealed by the title, we haven't seen the last of Ellie yet. She's back, she's four years older (guess we can start crushing on her now), and she's pretty good in playing the guitar and singing.
She's also planning on killing a whole bunch of as-yet unknown people, with seemingly steely resolve.
Add to that the setting of the cinematic trailer - a cabin in the wilderness, with dead and bloodied occupants - along with the dull lighting and the theory that Joel - who appears and asks Ellie if she's "really gonna go through with this" - might actually be dead (and might also explain why we'll be playing as Ellie this time), and The Last of Us: Part 2's likely tale of revenge feels a lot darker. Plot details are almost non-existent at this stage, but Druckmann said that Part 2 will be about hate.
Hate for what? Perhaps Joel really is dead, maybe killed by the Fireflies (a militia group) in the first game for taking Ellie away instead of letting them fatally remove the infected portion of her brain in the hopes of developing a vaccine. Or maybe he succumbed to his wounds in the Left Behind DLC. Regardless of the reason, having Joel killed by other survivors - probably a particular faction - seems like a good reason for Ellie to be pissed and out for revenge.
I'd initially thought that the dead bodies in the cabin were the result of Ellie's handiwork, but maybe they're actually part of a small, innocent community who got slaughtered by some nasty survivors or the military? What if they have some connection to Ellie? It feels a lot more speculative admittedly, but it'd still provide enough of a catalyst to set Ellie off on her path of vengeance, especially if this is only one small part of an ongoing genocide or something.
Since it'd likely be a while until Naughty Dog reveals more, we're free for now to wonder about the direction and form the plot will take, and why Ellie is pissed. So, what theories have your minds come up with?