Troy Baker Teases Big Revelations In The Last of Us Part II

Like the rest of mankind, I am eternally saddened by the recent indefinite delay for The Last of Us Part II. I was eagerly awaiting the chance to dive head-first into the next chapter of Joel/Ellie’s story. While Ellie is now the focus of the main game, we did learn some time back that Joel would be a major player in the events to come. The ending of The Last of Us was bold, daring to leave you with an uneasy feeling that most games would shy away from. I want to know what the ultimate ramifications of Joel’s decision are, and how the world has evolved in its wake.

Luckily, Joel’s voice actor Troy Baker had a few comments about what to expect in The Last of Us Part II. In a recent interview with Fandom, he hinted that the plot would reshape how we view the characters and the world:

“If we have done our job right, people will question everything [about The Last of Us 2]. I want [fans] to be able to challenge their own ideas about what this game is, what this world is, who the characters are — everything.”

Okay, but exactly how much will it make us really question? Troy Baker elaborates:

“I want people to go in open-minded to this story, and allow Joel and Ellie to tell their story  — not the story that people think that they want to be told…If people go in open-minded to this thing,” he teases, “I think they will have a completely different experience than if they go in close-minded.”

Certain corners of the internet have been quick to point out that “open mind” is code for “SJW.” While I find that to be a stretch, it is fitting that Mr. Baker also had this to say about the story:

“I don’t know whether people are going to like it or they’re going to hate it, but they definitely will NOT be ambivalent about it.”

The rest of the article goes on to recap the successful career of Troy Baker. I’d highly recommend it if you want some more context. While we are all sad that we have to wait even longer for The Last of Us Part II, we can only hope that the waiting will be worth it. The Last of Us Part II will release for the PS4 whenever the world stops ending.

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