Fan Rewrites Humorous The Last of Us Ending, Director Praises It
Joel and Ellie take on Vin Diesel in this funny alternate ending that Neil Druckmann says "puts the original ending to shame."
Naughty Dog's post-apocalyptic adventure game The Last of Us was praised for, among other things, its wonderfully layered story and poignant ending. But it wasn't good enough for one fan, who re-wrote the final scene with a humorous twist. This wouldn't be particularly noteworthy on its own, as fan fiction is nothing new. But this new ending caught the attention of The Last of Us director Neil Druckmann.
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The eighty-first reply in a NeoGAF thread titled "How would you have written the ending to The Last of Us?" outlines a new ending that features an appearance by Vin Diesel. Here's how NeoGAF user Erevador envisioned the game's ending with the Fast and Furious star.
"Ellie and Joel are driving away from the hospital. He has saved her, and murdered the fireflies.
In the rearview mirror, Joel sees a car approaching. He lightly hits the gas pedal, trying to put a little distance between him and the car that follows. The car keeps gaining on him, it pulls up beside him.
Joel looks out the window and sees the last person he wants to see right now.
It is Vin Diesel. A relic from Joel's dark drift racing past.
Vin gives Joel a look that only says one thing. This challenge is on baby."
Ellie then encourages Joel to slam on the gas. He does, and is able to beat Vin Diesel in a race. Then this happens: "Ellie and Joel embrace, victorious. He holds her close, and whispers in her ear: 'You know, Ellie, we really are 2 fast 2 furious.' They cry."
Druckmann, probably in jest, linked to the NeoGAF thread on Twitter. He wrote: "So good. This NeoGAF alt ending to The Last of Us puts the original ending to shame."
It's worth noting, too, that many of the other replies in the Last of Us thread said the game's ending was just fine the way it was, with no major changes needed.
The Last of Us was originally released in June 2013 for PlayStation 3, while a Remastered version arrived for PlayStation 4 in July 2014. The game had sold over 6 million copies as of March 2014, though of course this was before the release of the new version for PS4.
Fans are getting more The Last of Us in the form of a new movie from Sony that could potentially star Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams. A new game is also looking likely, as one former Naughty Dog developer listed The Last of Us 2 on his resume.
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