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The Last of Us Originally Had an Epilogue That You'll Never Get to See

Posted by Sammy Barker

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The audience at the incredibly self-indulgent – but dare we say deserved – The Last of Us: One Night Live stage show were treated to an extra special scene last night that didn’t even make it into the online stream. The epilogue – which was written by creative director Neil Druckmann – ultimately got cut from the game, but those in attendance at the Santa Monica theatre production got to see it play out in full. Spoilers follow, so stop reading if you haven’t played the title yet.

According to eye witnesses – there is literally no video footage of this anywhere – the scene is set some time after the conclusion of the main campaign, and sees Joel and Ellie now living at his brother Tommy’s fortress. The former is dating a woman named Esther, while the latter is still acting a little cold after the events at the end of the game. Joel reveals that he’s acquired Ellie a guitar as a gift, and promises to teach her how to play.

He then performs a little ditty. It’s suggested that the song was originally written for Sarah, his daughter, but he’s now changed its focus to Ellie. The two then share a joke, before the curtain closes on the story. Those in attendance reckon that it would have ended the game on a more positive note, which perhaps explains why it was removed. Either way, it’s nice to have the teensiest glimpse into the duo’s lives after the conclusion of the core narrative.


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User Comments (5)



mistakable said:

The game was a bit grotesque, violent doubt a "happy ending" would suit it. speaking of violence, I'm curious if TLOU remastered will still have the violence slightly censored in the EU like on the ps3 version of the game.



Splat said:

As cool as this sounds, I still wouldn't change the ending.



RaymanFan2 said:

You forgot the fact that, after Joel leaves, Ellie strums the guitar, once. That's where it ends, apparently.



ReigningSemtex said:

@mistakable Nah still censored in Europe I think it's for factions only so probably not an issue if you don't play online. I have been playing my Europe ps3 copy on factions for the last year and it didn't really bother me too much.
That said I have imported a copy for ps4 for the uncensored online brutality.

I wish us mere mortals could glimpse that vid.



charlesnarles said:

I would still love a direct continuation of the game's plot in novel form. Or another game either set during the original or before/after, with a Venn diagram overlap of characters. Or a movie picking up right as [SPOILER] Sarah dies, as in not "20 years later." Or anything to give more context to this alternate reality to which we all reacted so well!

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