10. All For Nothing
Ellie’s ongoing story arc in The Last Of Us series has been driven by one thing: finding purpose. In the first instalment, she wanted to make something out of her immunity. In Part II, Ellie was driven by vengeance, looking for retaliation after Joel’s death.
In the third instalment of The Last Of Us, what if after all that, Ellie’s quest is all for nothing?
Part III could gradually rebuild hope in Ellie, while she finds purpose in her actions and is on a mission to become part of the vaccine. For it all to come to an end by way of her body finally being unable to resist the cordyceps disease would truly illustrate how the end of humanity is imminent.
While this would surely be met with anger and rage from passionate fans, for the entire franchise to end on such a low would be remarkable in its nihilistic speculation. Much like Ellie’s attempt at forgiving Joel was prematurely ended by his death, players would be left with nothing but loss and the ebbing away of potential.
It would be a great risk, but thematically, it could be one of the most complex game stories to have ever existed.