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‘Last of Us’ Co-Creator Neil Druckmann Has an Idea for a Third Entry

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Fans of The Last of Us series can finally wipe those tears away. Neil Druckmann reveals that he has a potential concept for a third entry in the series. 

Fake News

Before getting to the juicy bits, it’s important to mention previous misconceptions that have been floating around for a while now. Over the past few years, fans and media outlets have been clinging to every possible small hint of a possible sequel or new entry in The Last of Us franchise. This includes rumors of a third entry revolving around Tommy, Joel’s younger brother, stemming from comments Druckmann made about a story set after The Last of Us Part II. He clarifies that the possible entry was never meant to be a full entry and especially not a sequel. If it were to happen, it could be a game like the Uncharted Lost Legacy or a short series.

Righting Wrongs

To put things further into perspective, Druckmann describes The Last of Us Part 2 as a “fine ending point” in the documentary Grounded II: Making The Last of Us Part II. So when Druckmann says that he has a concept for a third entry, it’s less “new Last of Us in the works” and more “playing around with ideas.” He also explains that whatever the third entry is, it would be its own thing, similar to the other entries. For more specifics and an insider’s look into what it took to make the divisive sequel in Grounded II: Making The Last of Us Part II. Regardless of if or when the third entry makes an official appearance, fans of the series still have the second season of the series to look forward

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The Last of Us Part 2 (2020) Image: Naughty Dog

Next Stop…

Despite there not being any confirmations on what to expect, there are a few possibilities of where it could end up going with a third entry. The first thing to keep in mind is the fact that both of the previous entries involved the concept of love in some way. The first entry follows the love between a parent and child, whereas the second entry follows the hate that comes from the death of a loved one. It would only make sense that the third entry continues on with this central concept. Perhaps this would involve the love of life and peace. 

The second entry in the series was incredibly violent compared to the first, so seeing the third go in the opposite direction would be interesting. Out of guilt for what she did in the second game, Ellie may have become a pacifist or at least more reluctant to use violence. This could be something akin to Logan (2017). Then there’s also the case of Abby and Lev, who embark on their journey at the end of the second game. Their fate is certainly still up in the air, so revisiting them wouldn’t be completely out of the question. There are plenty of possibilities for where the story or even the universe can go next.

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Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey in HBO's The Last of Us (2023) Image: HBO

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