Who kills Joel? Why does she kill him off? – The Last of Us Part 2

Rightfully revered as the dark game of a dark time, The Last of Us Part 2 by Naughty Dog has been making noise with its fantastic storyline and excellent graphical interface. The single-player objective-oriented game released by Sony Interactive Entertainment is set on a premise where the world succumbs to a viral pandemic.  

The game has been out there for quite a while, and the spoilers are already in circulation. However, a mystery that haunts gamers to this day is Joel’s death. Although the identity of his killer is no secret, the motive might as well be. 

In The Last of Us Part 2, Abby and the Hunters chase down Joel and kill him. Abby does so because her father was a part of the Firefly medical staff that Joel murdered in an attempt to save her from a surgery that’d kill her.  

Here’s more detail about the death of Joel in The Last of Us Part 2. 

Who is Abby in The Last of Us Part 2? 

Who kills Joel? Why does she kill him off? – The Last of Us Part 2
Abby in The Last of Us Part 2

Abby Anderson is the daughter of Jerry Anderson, the head surgeon of the Fireflies medical staff, who died while searching for a cure for the pandemic. Her father brought her up as a part of the Fireflies and asked her to reside in Salt Lake City, where he researched to make the vaccine for the Cordyceps brain infection. 

Abby’s time as a Firefly begins quite excitingly. She tracks down her father at the remains of a zoo in Salt Lake City, who abandoned his station to tend to a pregnant zebra.  

While both of them are trying to rescue the zebra, Owen Moore arrives. He informs the surgeon about the arrival of the girl immune to the virus. As a result, the trio rushes back to the hospital.  

Later in the same evening, Abby brings her father food and overhears him arguing with Marlene over whether they should kill Ellie to extract the cure. Nonetheless, Marlene forcefully approves the operation and leaves. This incident is followed by Abby reassuring her father that he’s doing the right thing. 

Why does Abby kill Joel in The Last of Us Part 2? 

Who kills Joel? Why does she kill him off? – The Last of Us Part 2
Abby kill Joel

After witnessing her father’s dead body in the most gruesome state at the Firefly facility, Abby sets out on the quest for revenge. Soon after, she joins the Washington Liberation Front (WLF) to acquire the training to track down and kill Joel. 

The night Jerry was about to operate on Ellie to extract the cure for the brain virus, Joel grows furious upon learning that she’d die. Consequently, he kills the whole Firefly medical staff, including Jerry, Abby’s father. 

Shortly after Joel and Ellie flee the scene, Abby returns to the operation theatre to check up on her father. Unfortunately, she finds him lying on the floor, covered in blood. Manny and Owen locate the scene and serve the purpose of consoling Abby. 

How does Abby kill Joel in The Last of Us Part 2? 

Who kills Joel? Why does she kill him off? – The Last of Us Part 2
Abby Smashes Joel in the Head with a Golf Club

In The Last of Us Part 2, Abby sets up a façade to get in touch with Joel and Tommy. Once Owen helps her be in the same room as Joel, he subdues Tommy while Abby smashes Joel in the head with a golf club. 

Years after joining the WLF, Abby returns to Salt Lake City to find Owen. Additionally, she possesses a tip that Joel lives in a settlement with his brother, Tommy, in Jackson. She asks Owen to accompany her, and they embark on their journey to the Survivor’s Settlement. 

On the lookout for Joel, Abby gets stuck at the centre of an infected horde. Since Joel and Tommy are on patrolling duties, they come across her and rescue her from the horde. Subsequently, upon accepting Abby’s suggestion, they retreat to her lodge, unaware of what fate holds for them. 

Upon reaching the lodge, Abby’s group secures the gates, and everyone starts introducing themselves. Once Joel introduces himself, the mood in the room changes, and Abby immediately shoots him in the leg to prevent his escape while the others subdue Tommy. 

Ellie breaks into the scene shortly after, but Nick and Nora withhold her.  

Fearful that more people might break into the room, Owen asks Abby to make it quick. Consequently, she hits Joel’s head with a golf club, kills him and flees the scene. 

Unaware of the horror she’s about to witness, Ellie lies unconscious next to Joel’s dead body.  

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About The Last of Us Part II

The Last of Us Part II is a an action-adventure game developed by Naughty Dog and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment for the PlayStation 4. The game is set 5 years after the events of the first game.

Players control Ellie on her journey for revenge against The Wolves, a faction which has set up in Seattle. On her journey, Ellie fights against survivors of the Cordyceps apocalypse and new variants of the infected. The game mixes elements of stealth and gun-play in vast areas, allowing players to approach the situation as they see fit. The Last of Us Part 2 received an overall positive reception and has gone on to win several Game of the Year awards.

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