Developer Naughty Dog has detailed the voice actors behind the characters that starred in The Last of Us Part II‘s Paris Games Week trailer, with one character in particular spurring up some popular theories about where Ellie got her badass disposition.
There were a total of four main characters highlighted in the new trailer. In a sequence of Twitter posts, Naughty Dog revealed the various actors that voiced each character, with the cult leader Emily played by Emily Swallow, and the presumed brother and sister- Lev and Yara- played by Ian Alexander and Victoria Grace respectively. The final main character—the young woman getting hung before being saved by the siblings—is voiced by prolific voice actress Laura Bailey, but the name of the character is conspicuously blacked out in the tweet.
The secrecy around the character’s identity ignited rampant speculation of who the character might be, exacerbated by the significance of the character’s voice actor. The most popular theory is that the women is Ellie’s mother, Anna, who died giving birth to Ellie prior to the first game. Some confusion surrounded the trailer when it first dropped, with fans wondering if the woman herself was Ellie, perhaps just later in her life, but the developer’s description below the video confirmed that neither Joel nor Ellie were directly involved with the latest trailer.
“At its core, The Last of Us Part II is still very much about Ellie and Joel, but for this reveal, we wanted to showcase several new characters that are integral to their next journey. We’re sure you have many questions after watching this scene. We’re also pretty sure that we’re going to see all sorts of theories about whom these characters are, where and when this scene takes place, and how all of this fits into Ellie and Joel’s next story. For now we’re keeping mum, but we’re excited to see what y’all make of this piece of the puzzle.”
The notable resemblance between Ellie and the woman is enough to make fans suspicious, but the developer’s reluctancy to divulge the character’s name makes it even more noteworthy. As the timeframe of the trailer’s events are unclear, one popular theory is that Ellie’s immunity to the Cordyceps fungus is hereditary, passed down from her mother. If the captors in the trailer were aware of this, they could be intending to kill the mother to learn the secrets of her immunity.
My theory is that the woman who put a knife to her stomach is part of some cult that knows Ellie will be immune
— Jt Davis (@JeffDavis94) October 30, 2017
Fans will undoubtably continue picking away at anything they can find in the trailer, but it seems that- for now- the developers are being fairly tight-lipped about the game’s cast. We expect to learn more about The Last of Us Part II at PlayStation Experience 2017 this December, but even though coverage on the game is starting to pick up, recent comments by the game’s composer suggest that fans shouldn’t expect its PlayStation 4-exclusive launch any time soon.