This past weekend was a busy one for Naughty Dog -- the Sony-owned studio who's best known for creating the "Uncharted" series, and "The Last of Us" -- as they showed off two new games at the PlayStation Experience event: "Uncharted: The Lost Legacy," and the highly-anticipated sequel to 2013's game of the year, "The Last of Us: Part 2." The reveal trailer for "The Last of Us: Part 2" was just about four minutes long, but it didn't really tell us much about the upcoming game, which has reportedly been in development for the better part of the last two years. But, there's a new theory about the game's plot that's been tossed around over the last couple of days, and it's one that makes a lot of sense.

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Joel dead in the sequel?

The ending sequence of "The Last of Us: Part 2's" trailer shows Joel -- who was the main protagonist of the first game -- asking Ellie if she really wants to go through with "this." Of course, we don't know exactly what he's asking her about, but it probably has something to do with all the dead bodies that are shown throughout the house. After hearing Joel's question, Ellie responds by saying "I'm gonna find, and I'm gonna kill every last one of them." The trailer then fades to black.

During a panel following the PlayStation Experience event, Neil Druckmann -- who is the creative director at Naughty Dog -- said that the second game takes place a few years after the events of the first game, and that players will be controlling Ellie in the sequel, as opposed to Joel.

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He also said that the main theme for the second game will be hate, and revenge, which has gotten a lot of people thinking that Joel was killed at some point in the years between the first and second game, and that Ellie is looking for revenge.

Ellie going insane?

There have been a few questions regarding the "Joel is dead" theory, and one of them is, why is he carrying a gun if he's dead? The obvious one is, how can Ellie see and speak to Joel if he's dead? Well, IGN recently covered the theory on their official YouTube channel, and they explained what could be going on with Ellie.

In short, the theory suggests that, over the years, the infection that Ellie was once immune to, has changed, and she may no longer be completely immune to it, which would explain why her hand is shaking in the reveal trailer. Also, the infection may be having an impact on her mind, which is why she can see, and talk to Joel after he's dead. Basically, Joel is a figment of her imagination, and her mind is slowly deteriorating.

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Other fan theory

Another fan theory suggests that Joel is still alive, and that he finally told Ellie the truth about what happened at the end of the first game, where The Fireflies wanted to kill her so they could create a vaccine for the virus, which has put their world into a post-apocalyptic state. Of course, Joel saved her from the group, and he lied to her about what happened in the hospital at the end of the first game.

Now, according to the theory, Ellie is looking to kill all of The Fireflies, because they had planned to kill her.

Possible release date

Many aren't expecting "The Last of Us: Part 2" to be released until late-2018, but it could be released as early as next year. As previously mentioned, the Naughty Dog team has been working on this game for at least the last two years, so it could be released a lot sooner than expected.

If you missed the reveal trailer, you can check it out below:

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