The Last of Us Part 2 has been out for almost two months now and is still generating fan discussion and controversy. While the gameplay seems to be universally acclaimed, the reasons why most people play this franchise are for the three dimensional characters and thoughtful narratives, both of which have divided audiences and ignited volatile debates.
The game has a few characters from the original game, but balances their perspectives with a new side of life after the apocalypse, with several of the additions redefining our perceptions of The Last of Us franchise. While the script and structure have subverted what most fans expected from a sequel, it's an extremely powerful work of art and the characters are the lifeblood of its success.
This list isn't an indication of character preference necessarily, although there are elements of that here, but out of necessity and impact in the narrative. Regardless of your views on the game overall, it should be commended that Naughty Dog took such a bold storytelling risk with this title, and altered our ideas of what to expect from any future Last of Us entry.
Warning: massive spoilers throughout every entry on this list.