The Last of Us Part II is still very mysterious, but certain parts of the game’s plot are starting to come together and make a bit more sense. After yesterday’s trailer showed off a handful of new characters, there’s a bunch of new theories and ties to past promotional/concept art and easter eggs.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End Easter Egg
In the final chapter of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, you come across a comic book cover titled “The Last of Us: American Daughters“. This cover shows a pregnant woman standing outside with a facemask on and a gun in hand. I’m hypothesizing that this woman is Ellie’s mother, Anna, who’s name we learned in The Last of Us: Left Behind. She also coincidentally has four letters in her name, just like Naughty Dog’s mysterious tweet involving the character.
From here out, let’s pretend this woman is, in fact, Ellie’s mother. In the latest trailer for The Last of Us Part II, one of the ‘villainous’ characters says “They are nested with sin” as she puts a knife up to Anna’s stomach, so there is a chance she’s pregnant. This directly correlates with the pregnant woman comic book cover in Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. The two characters also share similarities in how they look, featuring long brownish-red hair and a larger, more muscular stature. Not to mention the fact that the woman (Anna) looks and even sometimes sounds like Ellie in the trailer.
The Axe (Wo)Man
Uncharted 4 wasn’t the last time Ellie’s mother Anna was teased. Naughty Dog released the image below not long after the game was unveiled. It was assumed to be Joel’s forearm given it is larger than the typical female’s arm. Little did we know that Ellie’s mother, Anna, was pretty damn jacked (now we know where Ellie gets her badassery from). I’m curious if this hammer will play an important role during gameplay (assuming Anna will have playable segments). Maybe her hammer will be a great fighting tool similar to Ellie’s switchblade in the original The Last of Us.
Obviously, Naughty Dog knows how to tease us correctly. They’ve pulled a fast one on us before teasing Ellie’s tattoo in The Last of Us Part II months before the game was even announced. I’m sure there are more secrets to come, as well as more theories across the internet that will have us all wondering how this story intertwines with Joel and Ellie’s.
My pie in the sky prediction
The Last of Us Part II will have prequel segments similar to The Last of Us: Left Behind, where you play as Ellie’s pregnant mother Anna. One of the big reveals mid-way through the game will be that Joel is somehow involved with these events during his time ‘working for the other side’ — maybe even be a villain of the sort. As for what’s going on with Ellie and Joel in present time, I haven’t a clue.
Do you think this mystery woman is Ellie’s mother Anna? Do you think she’ll be a playable character? How hyped are you for The Last of Us Part II? Be sure to leave all your thoughts in the comments section below, or on our social media page!
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Brett Medlock is a senior editor and a lead on video production here at Enthusiast Gaming. He’s obsessed with action-adventure games, platinum trophies, and K-pop. To hear more about how lame he is, follow him on Twitter @brettnll