The Last of Us Part 2: Does Joel Die?

The Last of Us Part 2: Does Joel Die?

We take a look at whether Joel makes it out of The Last of Us Part 2 alive.

SPOILER WARNING: This guide specifically addresses heavy story spoilers for The Last of Us Part 2. We intend to answer the question posed in the headline, so do not proceed if you don't want to know what happens.

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Joel is the main protagonist in 2013's The Last of Us. He returns in The Last of Us Part 2, but pre-release marketing was notably careful when showing his involvement. Given just how bleak this series can be many are wondering which main characters, if any, make it out alive in the new game. In this guide we'll answer the question of whether Joel dies, so consider this your final spoiler warning.

Does Joel Die in The Last of Part 2?

Joel is killed at the beginning of The Last of Us Part 2. You play a very short segment as Joel, before control is handed over to Ellie. Eventually, you find that Joel and Tommy have been taken by members of the WLF (Washington Liberation Front), and after being caught yourself, watch Joel being beaten to death. Troy Baker reprises his role as Joel, head here to see who voices the other main characters.

Who Kills Joel?

A member of the WLF called Abby kills Joel. She is the daughter of a surgeon killed by Joel during the hospital escape in the first game. You actually go on to play almost half of the game as Abby, as she contends with Ellie and her quest for revenge. For a look at the full chapters list, head to our The Last of Us Part 2 Chapters Guide.

The Last of Part 2 is one of the biggest releases this year, so there's plenty more to discuss. First off there's Caty's analysis of the stealth mechanics. There's also Kat's full review.

Jake Green

Guides Editor

Jake is a former freelance writer who now heads up guides for USG. He spends his days dreaming of an X-Files dating-sim and will play literally any game with monkeys in it. He has an unhealthy obsession with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and would pretty much trade a kidney for Skate 4 at this point.

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