In an interview with Fandom, the voice actor who plays Joel in the critically acclaimed Naughty Dog videogame, The Last of Us, claims that Joel has a dark truth and ‘close-minded’ people won’t like The Last of Us Part 2.
Days after the alleged The Last of Us 2 plot leak Troy Baker, the voice actor for Joel, did an interview with Fandom where he claimed that ‘close-minded’ people won’t enjoy the game and that Joel’s story will makes you ‘question everything’.
Troy Baker hinted that the main protagonist of the original game, Joel, might not be the hero we thought he was. His story will have us ‘question everything’ and will certainly leave a lot of people uncomfortable.
That’s right, Joel — being a part of the patriarchy — in his own way, is a part of the problem. Baker confirms that we get to dive deep into his past and learn some nasty things about him.
Did Joel hurt his daughter, his wife, or Ellie?
The leaked plot suggests that Ellie had learned something about Joel’s past and as a result the two of them become distant. And it isn’t until the second act where he returns to make amends, only to die shortly after.
Wait, does Joel kill himself in The Last of Us Part 2?!
In the interview Troy Baker stated that he finally got to learn Joel’s “truth” and that part 2 does a great job at peeling back the layers of Joel’s character.
Troy Baker revealed that Joel has a dark past that close-minded people won’t like. Did he hurt his wife and daughter?
“What we’ve done such a good job of doing [in The Last of Us: Part 2], is to continue to peel back layers and learn more about [Joel]. I even learned more about Joel and I’m the guy that walked into [The Last of Us audition] and said, ‘I know the truth about Joel!’ I knew his truth back then, but [after The Last of Us: Part 2], I know even more of [Joel’s] truth.”
Baker then continued by stating that this game is certainly not for everyone and that ‘close-minded’ people would definitely not enjoy the game.
“I want people to go in open-minded to this story, and allow Joel and Ellie to tell their story — not the story that people think that they want to be told… If people go in open-minded to this thing, I think they will have a completely different experience than if they go in close-minded.”
Baker concluded by saying, “… And so here we are now — I think three or four years from that moment of [Neil Druckmann] first having an idea — to now being literally days away from it being released. Again, we find ourselves in that same position of: I don’t know whether people are going to like it or they’re going to hate it, but they definitely will NOT be ambivalent about it.”
His comments confirm that The Last of Us Part 2’s plot line is very divisive, and whether you love or hate it, you will definitely have an opinion about it.
All men are rapists, even Joel.
A source close to development did confirm that ‘men’ was the main story focus in The Last of Us part 2, and that the whole story revolves around the controlling nature of the patriarchy.
The story was reportedly inspired by LGBTQ people working at Naughty Dog and it touches upon the controversial opinion that ‘all men are rapists.’
Plot leak suggests The Last of Us part 2 villains are homophobic, racist, sexist, rapists and Christians.
The theory suggests that all men, especially ones with power and influence, will betray the trust of those who look up to them. This topic has been largely discussed and pushed by the mainstream media and is even taught in gender studies in Universities today.
Whether or not the leak is legitimate remains to be confirmed, but it was taken down for a DMCA violation before it was shared on 4chan. Secondly, Troy Bakers comments seem to further confirm the suspicion that The Last of Us Part 2 is highly political and divisive.
If they need to tell you to keep an ‘open-mind’ before you play the game, you know there is going to be some questionable content in the game.
What do you think Troy Baker is referring to when he says close-minded people? And what do you think Joel and the”truth” to his dark past is? Is he past abuser, wife-beater, or worse? Let us know in the comments below.