Last Of Us 2 Director Talks About The Golf Club

Druckmann himself was struck in the head as a teen and he has a permanent head injury from it.

There is a key moment in The Last of Us: Part II involving a golf club, and game director and writer Neil Druckmann has now provided more context on the matter. Druckmann also shared his own personal history with golf and how he sustained a permanent head injury from it.


Please use a html5 video capable browser to watch videos.
This video has an invalid file format.
Sorry, but you can't access this content!
Please enter your date of birth to view this video

By clicking 'enter', you agree to GameSpot's
Terms of Use and Privacy Policy

The character Abby brutally murders Last of Us protagonist Joel with a golf club in The Last of Us: Part II. It's a gut-wrenching sequence that sticks with you.

Druckmann told The Washington Post that the decision to have Abby kill Joel with a golf club came later in the writing process. Originally, Abby was going to stab Joel with a knife and paralyze him by twisting the blade into his back. But it was changed to a golf club later on.

"For a long time, Abby stabbed Joel in the back then twisted the knife to paralyze him," Druckmann said. "But knife felt more like an Ellie thing. We wanted something different."

Druckmann does have a personal connection to golf club-related injuries, as he was struck in the head by a golf club when he was 16. He needed 30 stitches and he still has a dent in his skull from it.

"My friend was into [golf]," Druckmann said. "He invited me to go to a driving range. He was showing me the ropes. I stood behind him, and got smacked on the back swing. Blood everywhere."

Naughty Dog hasn't decided if it will make The Last of Us 3 or something else next, but the company is progressing forward with a Last of Us TV show at HBO. Recently, Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey were cast in the roles of Joel and Ellie, respectively.

In other news, Naughty Dog is working on a Last of Us 2 multiplayer game, but we haven't heard a peep about it in a very long time.

GameSpot may get a commission from retail offers.

Got a news tip or want to contact us directly? Email

This topic is locked from further discussion