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Some Observations From The Last of Us Part II Trailer

I’m someone who loves to look into things way too much and over analyze every little detail of stuff. I also love The Last of Us and am way too excited for part two. Anyways, here are my observations/thoughts/whatever!

1. Ellie is using her tattoo in order to cover up her scar!

Interestingly, the tattoo appears to be of a plant of some kind. I’m no plant expert, so I can’t say what plant it’s supposed to be. However, the choice of using a plant–a symbol of life–to cover up Ellie’s scar is an interesting one when you consider that Ellie carrying the cure for the infection is what could ultimately save lives. Or, looking at it from a different perspective, it gives off the image of hiding behind brush from those who might be looking for you (especially with The Last of Us being a game that relies so heavily on stealth and staying hidden). Could this imply that there are still people out there looking for Ellie as she remains in hiding?

2. The weapon that Ellie used to kill the man in the bedroom is a machete.

This is probably one of the most important details of the trailer for me. It is entirely possible that Ellie made use of a gun at some point during this ordeal (as evidenced by the blood splatters on the bathroom wall). But the only gun that we physically see within the trailer is Joel’s. The reason why the machete stands out to me so much is largely in part because it’s such a personal weapon. It’s a weapon that requires you to get in close and feel your enemy’s blood on your hands. It’s a violent and aggressively harsh weapon, but you still need to use a fair amount of strength to kill someone with it. This is unlike a gun, which can you can use to fight from a distance without making any kind of direct contact. It’s less personal.

So, showing that Ellie used a machete to kill this man shows just how personal this mission is to her. She’s fueled by hate and anger, and is more than willing to get blood on her hands to accomplish what it is that she wants to do (interestingly, the first shot we see of Ellie in the trailer in her blood covered hands). I think it’s also worth noting that a machete is also the weapon that she used to kill David in the first game. That kill being her most memorable, as well as her most emotionally-driven one. It was also the scene that appeared to take away whatever was left of Ellie’s innocence.

3. The first time we see Joel in the trailer, he is a shadowed figure entering into the house in a white light.

White lights in media and literature are often used as a tool to represent purity and salvation. Plus, a figure walking through a white light is almost seen as being Christ-like or Godly in some way. To go along with that, the lyrics Ellie sings at this moment are, “Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life”. As such, the symbolism is pretty clear in that it makes Joel appear to be this merciful, Christ-like figure walking into the doors of Hell, darkness, and death who will follow Ellie through Hell. His relaxed disposition, clean clothes and soft tone add on to this as well.

But what doesn’t fit the bill here is that, based on the evidence from the first game, we know that Joel is the furthest thing from merciful–even calling him “good” is a stretch. We know that he’s a character driven on selfish desires who does what he has to do in order to survive. He isn’t afraid to take out an entire camp of people if it means surviving, and he won’t show people mercy if the ones he loves are at risk. As such, could this suggest that something has changed within Joel during this four year gap? It at least seems to suggest that whatever is going on is something that is more personal to Ellie than it is to Joel. Could we be seeing a role-reversal of sorts where Ellie is the one acting on morally gray, selfish desires this time while Joel watches on and keeps her in line so she doesn’t lose herself completely? Just food for thought.

5. Going off of that, the lyrics, “I can’t walk on the path of the right, because I’m wrong” speak pretty clearly to the tone and theme of the game. Whoever wronged Ellie did so in a way that may have been “for the better” or morally righteous to some degree. However, it still had a personal effect on Ellie, and now Ellie knows that what she’s doing is wrong. If she decides to “go through with this”, as Joel says, then she’ll no longer be able to walk on the path of the right. Ellie is completely aware of the consequences of her potential actions and that it’s definitely wrong, but she doesn’t care.

6. Ellie stating, “I’m gonna find, and I’m gonna kill, every last one of them” seems like a shout-out to the title of the series! (Last of Us vs. Last of Them)

I could write about all of this in more detail, but I just wanted to give a brief run down of my thoughts because it’s been on my mind so much lately! I’m so excited for this game!


Those reports of the sun spots and the solar flares. They’re wrong. There aren’t any. It’s not the sun, it’s you. The sky is full of a million, million voices saying yes, of course we’ll help. You’ve touched so many lives, saved so many people. Did you think when your time came, you’d really have to do more than just ask? You’ve decided that the universe is better off without you, but the universe doesn’t agree. River, no one can help me. A fixed point has been altered. Time is disintegrating.

anonymous asked:



Please remember, and this is super super important. If You are a ciswoman and you want to get a chestbinder for say cosplaying or aesthetic reasons. Do NOT try to claim from a binder exchange or giveaway targeted at transpeople. 

These things literally save trans lives. By all means bind, and do so safely with a proper binder. Some people offer giveaways to anyone that wants it and thats awesome go for it. But I still see ciswomen trying to claim binders in things targeted at nonbinary and transpeople. That is not for you, please dont do it. 

anonymous asked:

do you think the writers are making scott less wanting to find stiles to amp up lydia wanting to find him? bcas i feel like this is verrrry not scott

….yeaahhhh, probably. 

UGH. UGH!? Ugh. 

But at least Stydia isn’t taking away Scott’s screentime. That goes to 2.0.

I mean, I think he also doesn’t want to hunt down Stiles because of the simple fact that there are lives to save and there’s more pressing things that they need to focus on, and Scott was really downtrodden at the end of the last episode. He feels like he’s failing again. So I wish they’d written it a little more flushed out, but if we dive a little into Scott’s feelings in that moment, we can see what’s happening. 

But also, we know Scott and Malia are with Lydia when she finds the car, so…. obviously they don’t actually give up. 

y’know how a cat’s tummy is rly squishy and they have a bunch of smushy flab? there’s an actual reason for that and it could help save their lives. when a cat jumps from a high place that flabby skin stretches and creates more air resistance, slowing their descent and making their landing safer. thank you evolution for making cats so smushy and soft.

Transcript from Captain America: First Avenger:

I really wish people would stop equating Steve crashing the Valkyrie with his grief over Bucky. Was Steve sad and suffering a major case of survival’s guilt? Undoubtedly. But that crash? That was about saving lives. To say otherwise not only robs Steve of his agency (”this is my choice”), it lessens the impact of his sacrifice.