Gustavo Santaolalla, composer of the popular The Last of Us: Part II, gives a significant clue about the future of the franchise
The Last of Us: Part II is a game that accomplished something difficult on the internet: becoming a long topic of conversation. The question was no longer just if you had liked it, but it was what you had thought and felt regarding its different narrative decisions. His LGBT representation, his handling of the characters from the first installment, his thematic strength. All of this was the subject of hundreds of conversations, many of them frustrating and exhausting. Now, it seems these conversations have only just begun. Yes, the adventures of Ellie and company could continue in the future.
On Twitter, Gustavo Santaolalla (composer of The Last of Us: Part II) thanked him for being nominated for best soundtrack at The Game Awards 2020. In his gratitude, he commented “Thanks to Naughty Dog and Neil Druckmann for inviting me on this adventure. This is just the beginning!”. This can mean many different things, so it is important to analyze the possibilities behind it. Perhaps three things are the most likely:
- He’s referring to his work on the future The Last of Us series.
- He is referring to what he would like to do but without an accurate confirmation
- It refers to a new installment of The Last of Us
After Part II torched the internet for several months (so far there are people arguing about the title), no idea that it could appear in the third part that generates such a polarizing reception. The second part was the perfect storm in terms of expectations and a clash of narrative visions. Of course, much of the hate was also homophobic and transphobic, but it is best not to pay attention to those speeches. We will have to wait.