Could The Last of Us 2 Be A Prequel Starring Ellie’s Mother?

More evidence that the Last of Us 2 easter egg in Uncharted 4 could be more than just an easter egg.

Posted By | On 03rd, Jun. 2016 Under News | Follow This Author @Pramath1605

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At this point, everyone probably knows about this easter egg in Uncharted 4– and if you have not played through Uncharted 4 yet, close this window now. There will be minor spoilers in this post. For everyone else, you may carry on reading.

Anyway, one of the collectibles that you collect in Uncharted 4 is a poster that references Naughty Dog’s other big hit recently- The Last of Us. Except what you come across is not something that seems to reference the game itself- rather, it is for The Last of Us: American Daughters, and it depicts what appears to be a pregnant woman in a ravaged setting. When people stumbled upon this easter egg, many of them took to believing that this was referencing the next Last of Us game.

Indeed, an easter egg like that would not be unprecedented- Naughty Dog, after all, included several references foreshadowing Uncharted 4 in The Last of Us, so why not have Uncharted return the favor? but that’s not even all- the big news here is not the existence of this easter egg, which most people at this point already know. No, the big news here comes from Richard Lyons, who is a concept artist at Naughty Dog. He is the one who apparently worked on this image, and he uploaded it to his online portfolio, with a short description that sets our imagination running.

The Last of Us – American Daughters. The poster was created as an in game asset for Uncharted 4. Such a treat to work on. Also I can’t elaborate on the narrative to this image,” the description reads (emphasis added).

Now why would he say something like that? He could have just uploaded the image and be done with it- why call attention to the fact that there is a story to this image, and that it is one that he can’t discuss?

Have we stumbled upon what might be at the very least some very early concept art for the next Last of Us game? Do you think this theory holds any merit? And who is the woman here? It can’t be Ellie, since she doesn’t need a mask, but it could be her mother Anna- or is it someone else entirely? Could the next Last of Us game be a prequel, following the adventures of an Anna pregnant with Ellie after the infection has broken out, and Marlene, two women who we know spent some time together thanks to the game’s backstory? Let us know in the comments section!

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  • Joe La Meyer

    Ellie needs the mask to protect her unborn baby from infection.

  • Tyler Ourada

    It could still be Ellie, she would need the gas mask to protect her unborn child. But Uncharted 4 is both a sequel and a prequel, so The Last Of Us 2 could do the same, being both a sequel and a prequel.

    • Nathan Phillips

      I like this theory, but I don’t know about that with her not being all too “fond of boys”.

    • Matt K

      Nope. Ellie is already infected which means a baby would get infected

  • Or, it could just be Ellie all grown up and preggers.

    • Hans Wurst

      She’s lesbian though. At least bi.

  • Sweetbrandigirl2004

    Wheres this poster in Uncharted 4 ?

    • PachterStation

      Even so, it relates to the comic series.

    • Elleonska


      During the Epilogue scene with cassie, look at the board with the posters, you can see it on the bottom right part of the board, the exact same poster only, they partially obscured the title.

  • PachterStation

    The Last of Us 2 will be awesome when it’s finally released. I’m not a fan of milking franchises, but when you look at Uncharted, which totals 5 games in the series, The Last of Us 2 should’ve come before a 5th Uncharted game. A prequel isn’t a bad idea. But somehow, the next Last of Us will be years off.

  • extermin8or2

    hmmm personally I’d rather not play as a pregnant woman surely that’d be severely limiting on gameplay? I mean I can have suspension of disbelief for joel getting hit by bars and bats and stuff, i can even cover some of the blows ellie takes and is able to get past but if she’s heavily pregnant…. nah, and bending over would be a major issue for stealth….

  • Bilal Prince-Ali

    Why are people sooo stupid NOT to see the ‘Dark Horse’ logo at the bottom right of the damn poster!?

    The Last Of Us has moved on into the comic book relm and Dark Horse is publishing it’s story! This isnt a tease for TloU 2 but teasing the next story arc of the comics.. Jesus how is this not obvious and plain to see IT SAYS DARK HORSE RIGHT THERE ON IT!!!!

  • Ibi

    Why can’t it be Ellie? Just because she’s immune doesn’t mean that she might not want to take precautions for protecting her child. She is also standing out in the open where spores generally are not a problem. Most areas have been shown to be inside closed areas, mold and such so they can grow.

    And from the background it looks to be an industrial area. And standing between two cars. The body in the car is severely decomposed/skeleton. Interesting.

    Just a thought also. Why Ellie? Why not Joel’s brother, Tommy’s wife?


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