Meet the characters of The Last of Us Part II

the last of us part ii 2 characters dina
the last of us part ii 2 characters dina

The Last of Us Part II arrives on 29 May 2020, which means you’ve got just weeks to wait until you return to cordyceps-infested America. And this time, there’ll be a mix of both familiar and new faces to look out for.

You’ll be playing as Ellie – a moody teen with a natural resistance to the cordyceps infection – who accompanied main character Joel across America in search of a cure in the original The Last of Us. If you’re yet to discover how that panned out, stop reading now and go and play the first game. Seriously, go and play it, it’s amazing.

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The Last of Us Part II arrives on 29 May 2020, which means you’ve got just weeks to wait until you return to cordyceps-infested America. And this time, there’ll be a mix of both familiar and new faces to look out for.

You’ll be playing as Ellie – a moody teen with a natural resistance to the cordyceps infection – who accompanied main character Joel across America in search of a cure in the original The Last of Us. If you’re yet to discover how that panned out, stop reading now and go and play the first game. Seriously, go and play it, it’s amazing.

So besides Joel and Ellie, who else can we expect to see in The Last of Us Part II? We’ve been poring over every trailer to pick out every confirmed character so far.

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1. Ellie

Played by: Ashley Johnson

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When we first met Ellie, she was a potty-mouthed and insecure young teen struggling to come to terms with being the only person who’s managed to resist the deadly effects of the cordyceps infection.

Now nineteen years old and sporting a fabulous new tattoo to cover up the bite mark she sustained just prior to the events of the first game, she’s a lot angrier. She’s out for vengeance against… well, we’re not quite sure who. But what we do know is that they’re up against some very tough opposition.

2. Joel

Played by: Troy Baker

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Grumpy Joel was the main playable character of the original game and Ellie’s unofficial adoptive dad, and when he was nowhere to be seen in early sequel trailers, there were fears from fans that he might have died offscreen. Fortunately, it appears that he’s alive and well – and he’s not letting Ellie run headlong into danger without him. Stay alive, Joel!

3. Tommy

Played by: Jeffrey Pierce

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While we’re yet to spot Tommy in any of the trailers, we’re fairly sure he’ll at least be referenced somewhere in the sequel. Tommy is Joel’s younger brother, who helps to lead and protect a settlement of survivors in Jackson County, Wyoming. After helping Joel and Ellie in the first game, he offered them a home in his settlement, and by the beginning of The Last of Us Part II, they’ve both taken him up on that offer.

4. Dina

Played by: Shannon Woodward

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It looks like Dina is Ellie’s love interest this time around, though the E3 2018 gameplay trailer seems to indicate that this romance isn’t destined for a happy ending. She’ll be accompanying Ellie on at least part of her journey this time around, and their adorably awkward interactions suggest that, yet again, we’re going to end up getting far too emotionally invested in a fictional character. Sigh.

5. Jesse

Played by: Stephen Chang

Like Dina, Jesse also seems to be a resident in Tommy’s Jackson County settlement. We know that he used to be dating Dina, but after she kissed Ellie in front of him at a party, Ellie’s prediction that they’d soon be back together seems like it might be off the cards.

6. Emily

Played by: Emily Swallow

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The 2017 Paris Games Week trailer introduced us to some of Ellie’s most dangerous enemies, the group of religious fanatics known as the Seraphites. Emily is the leader of this particular cohort of baddies, though she’s listed as just having a guest appearance, so it’s not clear how big a role she’ll play in the game.

7. Yara

Played by: Victoria Grace

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We’re not sure what side Yara is on, or whether she’ll be a future ally. But what we do know is that despite getting her arm broken with a hammer, she managed to stop the unnamed woman in the 2017 Paris Games Week trailer from being brutally murdered by the Seraphites, and in our books, that makes her a good person.

8. Lev

Played by: Ian Alexander

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Lev is an ally of Yara’s, and he’s pretty handy with a bow too, so perhaps he can give Ellie some tips. Both he and Yara seem to be former members of the Seraphites – Emily seems to know them by name, and refers to them both as “apostates”.

9. An unnamed woman

Played by: Laura Bailey

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Who could she be? Why were the Seraphites trying to murder her? Will she be one of our allies? With fighting skills like that in the face of peril, we certainly hope so.

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