The Last Of Us Part 2 is finally out after tiresome controversy caused by leaks. It is currently the third highest rated PS4 game on Metacritic just ahead of Persona 5 Royal, but not everyone unanimously loves it due to the story’s hopelessly bleak nature. One of the story’s most controversial aspects is the death of a beloved character, and here you’ll discover why Abby kills one of gaming’s finest protagonists.
While The Last Of Us Part 2 has received boatloads of 10/10 review scores, you should know that it’s not for everyone as even the director has warned people that it’s not ‘fun’. And this proclamation about not being fun is evident more than ever in arguably the game’s most controversial cutscene.
You most likely already know what scene we’re talking about thanks to prior leaks, but below you’ll discover the official reason for why Abby kills this particular character.
**Massive spoilers for The Last Of Us Part 2 beyond this point**
Why did Abby kill Joel in The Last Of Us 2?
Abby kills Joel in The Last Of Us Part 2 because he killed her father at the end of the first game.
Essentially, Abby kills Joel in The Last Of Us Part 2 to get revenge for him murdering her dad who could’ve potentially delivered the cure for mankind.
The scene pretty much plays out in the exact same manner as the leaks suggested.
It’s ultimately up to players whether they empathise/sympathise with Abby later on or not. Personally speaking, I don’t as Joel is a character I relate to and thus like far more.
After all, we spent the entire original game in his shoes seeing how hard life is, and we the players are also the ones who killed Abby’s daddy. True, we didn’t have a choice in the matter, but we’re still the ones who pressed the button prompt to kill the doctor.
Not only that, but I’m guessing there are more than just a few of us who went overboard by killing the other doctors who were completely optional.
And, to make matters worse, Joel actually saves Abby from a pack of infected and unknowingly walks right into the lion’s den. It’s a great scene and would’ve been a great twist, but even with the leaks it won’t sit any better in your stomach.
Does Joel die in The Last Of Us Part 2?
Yes, Joel does die in The Last Of Us Part 2.
Joel’s death scene plays out entirely the same as The Last Of Us Part 2 leaks had shown.
He basically gets his head smashed in with a golf club wielded by Abby. It’s brutal and it’s very hard to stomach and watch. Basically it’s no hero’s death.
Although Abby’s later explained reasoning for killing the former protagonist is understandable when written out, you’ll most likely still want to throttle her and all of her goons anyways.
That thirst for vengeance goes against the game’s main theme of revenge being wrong but it’s impossible not to want to kill her when she killed someone one of gaming’s finest main characters.