Alright, I’m not officially back yet, but obviously I had to log on and post a giant brain-dump about the fuckingTLOU2 TRAILER OMG FINALLY AHHHHHH.
No kidding, I spent a good long while yesterday hyperventilating and making loud noises and gibbering. My husband was very pleased with me, as you can probably imagine.
So here’s a messy collection of thoughts on the trailer!
The animation looks so good, holy shit. That grass just waving slightly in the wind? Beautiful.
Ashley’s voice acting in this trailer alone is incredible: the roughed-up singing (she does have a lovely singing voice!), the breathing, the beats. Amazing.
MY BABY GIRL HAS A TATTOO I’M SO PROUD. On her scarred arm, no less. I couldn’t even make out the bite, could you guys?
Joel did teach her how to play guitar. In a bleak trailer, that gave me some warm fuzzies.
I’ve had the song she sings stuck in my head all day.
@raffinit, @anne1marie, and I can’t get over how much Ellie resembles Tess in her new, older character design: The hair, the angles of her face, the cuts on her neck that are in the same place as Tess’s bite. Wild.
I love how Joel coming upon the carnage Ellie has wrought in this house sort of perfectly mirrors the first cinematic trailer for the first game, when Ellie runs through that hotel full of dead guys and finds Joel beating one last adversary to death with a wooden plank. However, interesting to see how there are no infected in this trailer. Druckmann continues to emphasize that this is really a game about people, and this trailer is very much on human terms.
God as soon as I saw Joel’s silhouette I screamed. My trash dad lumberjack husband is back with his stupid boots and his stupid jacket and his stupid revolver. Even though he only has two lines here, straight chills.
Through the course of the first game, we see how much Ellie has change, how much she’s lost her innocence. The intervening four years since the end of that game (Ellie will be 19 in the sequel) can’t have done her any favors. Still, it’s a little jarring to see how much hate there is in Ellie’s eyes, her voice, her heart. Druckmann has explicitly said this game will be about hate, whereas the first game will be about love. I can’t wait to follow this character arc.
ALSO WE GET TO PLAY AS ELLIE. YES YES YES FOR FEMALE PROTAGONISTS IN MORE GAMES.
Lots of speculation about the people Ellie wants revenge on. My personal theories are that Joel really told her some shit about the Fireflies to cement the lie, in which case, he follows her around uneasily as she takes them out; when he finally confesses, I think she has to kill him. If Joel dies, there’s only one person, I think, that Druckmann will let kill him, and that person is without a doubt Ellie. Or, are these bandits that attacked Jackson and destroyed it? Maybe the Fireflies gutted Jackson?
God this fucking soundtrack destroys me. So glad Gustavo Santollala is coming back.
What are your thoughts? I’ll be back for good after the holidays, and I’ll be super pumped to talk to you all then! Thanks for all your kinds messages checking in on me. I miss you all! <3
Summary: When the outbreak started, Y/N was only a teenager. Her eighteenth birthday was only a few days away when it all went to shit. She’d flown from her hometown down to Austin for cousin Millie’s wedding. On the night of the reception, infected crashed the party, changing everyone’s world forever. Y/N managed to escape and started the long road of survival in this new and dangerous time. In Houston, she met a smuggler named Joel and his brother. The three worked together, but can anyone stay together in the apocalypse?
Boredom. A concept that continued to exist even after the end of the world (so to speak). As they walked along another seemingly endless highway, it was overtaking Y/N.
Her first attempt to keep the encroaching insanity at bay was to hum. She kept it quiet, and when Joel didn’t shut her up right away, it turned into singing.
“…’cause they say home is where your heart is set in stone. It’s where you go when you’re alone, it’s where you go to rest your bones.” She kicked a pebble, proud of how on key she was.
“And it’s not just where you lay head. It’s not just where you make your bed. As long as we’re together, doesn’t matter where we go.” Y/N continued, not noticing Joel looking at her.
He rarely let his emotions show through the mask he’d worn since…the night of the outbreak. In that moment though, there was something about the little waver in your voice. The way it was rough but also beautiful, that made him flash on a memory.