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Is Joel going to be a villain in The Last of Us 2?

Published: 19/Aug/2019 13:44 Updated: 19/Aug/2019 14:27

by David Purcell


Joel proved to be one of the most popular characters in the original The Last of Us game, but it looks like he might well have chosen a different path in Part 2. 

Fans have grown very impatient in the absence of a release date for the franchise’s next installment, as the last real gameplay we were shown dates back to E3 2018, but new details appear to have emerged surrounding the game’s most prominent male figure. 

Unlike many other The Last of Us 2 leaks, hints and rumors, this has actually come from a key member of the project, so we can absolutely take this one seriously. 

SonyThe Last of Us Part 2 is highly-anticipated by PlayStation owners.

Troy Baker, who is the voice actor for Joel, has been discussing the character’s involvement in the upcoming title during Manchester Comic-Con – according to Gamebyte – and his answers might raise some eyebrows.

“You assume that Joel is the hero and David is the villain, but everyone is the hero of their own story,” he explained during the event. “I firmly believe that David believes he’s doing what is best for his people, and he is the hero in his story.” 

He added: “Joel believes he’s a hero. If he was to lean anywhere I think that Joel would consider himself a villain, which is why he can say that he’s been on both sides. Once you get to play the Joker, playing the ‘villain’ to the player’s perspective is way more fun. Way more fun.”

While this doesn’t exactly confirm that Joel will be a villain in The Last of Us 2, it does perhaps hint towards him having to make some tough decisions in the new title. 

Fans will remember the epic cliffhanger that the first game left us at, ending on a line whereby Joel lied to Ellie about the information he had given her about the Fireflies. 

While there’s a chance that Baker was suggesting that this type of behavior was the work of a villain, he could also be teasing the opportunity of Joel taking a much darker path in the future. 

Whether or not this comes to fruition remains to be seen, but all eyes will be on the next PlayStation State of Play stream on November 1 to see if any fresh details about the game are revealed by Naughty Dog – as a previous leak suggests it will. 

Until then, fans will have to sit idly by and hope that more details about the sequel to the critically-acclaimed title will surface. 

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What we know about The Last of Us HBO TV show – cast, release date, more

Published: 25/Sep/2020 21:48 Updated: 25/Sep/2020 21:49

by Brent Koepp


Naughty Dog’s The Last Of Us is officially getting a TV adaptation, thanks to television genius HBO. Here is everything we know about it, including cast, release date, and more.

First released in 2013 for PlayStation 3 and later released on PS4, The Last Of Us is often regarded as the best zombie game of all time, as well as the best PS exclusive. It follows the story of Joel after an outbreak of the Cordyceps fungus takes over the United States. He is tasked with transporting Ellie, a young girl who is immune to the disease, across the country in hopes of developing a cure.

Following the success of the first title, Naughty Dog announced a sequel to the zombie survival action game which was released on June 19. Furthermore, television network HBO is also creating a TV show based on the series, and ND Vice President Neil Druckmann and Chernobyl’s Craig Mazin are on board to write and executive produce it.

Cast, characters & director

In March 2020, Home Box Office announced that they were taking on the project, and its first director has since been revealed. Breaking Bad and Chernobyl director Johan Renck is set to helm the pilot episode, as told in an interview with Discussing Film.

“It’s an ongoing TV series. So that’s not something that I will be able to take on to that extent, but I’m part of that series and I will be directing at least the pilot,” he said.

Not all of the cast and characters are known so far, though Joel and Ellie will obviously play a huge part. Who will be taking on their roles is currently unknown.

In a tweet on March 8, Naughty Dog Vice President Neil Druckmann confirmed that Riley from Left Behind will be in the show, as well as Tess, Maria, and Marlene.

“And now you have Ellie, Riley, Tess, Marlene, Maria, ****, and a few others!” he tweeted, blocking out another character with four square emojis. Now that Part II has been released, we know that he was referring to Abby.

On September 22, 2020, during a Reddit AMA, Game of Thrones actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau hinted that he may be portraying Joel in the upcoming series. While he didn’t outright say he was playing him, he also didn’t deny it when asked and even mentioned that he had just gotten his hands on Part II. Only time will tell if it comes true.

Release date

There’s no current release date set for the show, but considering the fact they’ve yet to announce casting, it wouldn’t be wrong to assume a release date of late 2021, or even 2022.

Craig Mazin revealed during his weekly podcast Scriptnotes that production wouldn’t start until Part II of the game had released. “We can’t start on it right away because [Naughty Dog is] still finishing up the second game, but pretty soon,” he said.

The Last of Us Part II was released on June 19, but given the current state of events, it’s unclear as to whether production for the show will start any time soon.

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The popular PlayStation 4 tile will bring its brutal story to HBO.

The plot

In March, The Hollywood Reporter reported that the series will cover the events from the first game, with the “possibility” of it delving into Part II in the future.

Whether it will continue past the events of both games is currently unknown, but speaking to GameSpot, Troy Baker, Joel’s voice actor, claimed that the show could have “three to four” seasons to match the pace of the game.

We can only hope that HBO doesn’t rush through it… *cough* like the final season of Game of Thrones *cough*