feature intense: Head writer and co-director Neil Druckmann has said that the focus of The Last of Us was love, but the focus of Part II is hatred. But the story's mysteries far outweigh what's already been confirmed. What role will Joel play in all this? Where will Ellie go on her quest, outside of the few confirmed locations like Washington State? And how will the characters we've seen in some of the trailers, like the woman we saw fighting off attackers in the rain, factor into the story? That last point is particularly curious. Naughty Dog games have never jumped away for cutscenes unconnected to gameplay. If that approach The most intense combat we've played dwarfs anything in the first game in terms of scope. 36 continues here, that may mean an entirely unrevealed facet to the story. We're intrigued. By comparison, we know much more about The Last of Us Part II's gameplay. Many of the basics remain the same, with lots of downtime between fights for exploration and light puzzle solving. But the most Who's the mysterious, still unnamed woman from one of the game's earlier trailers? We have our theories.