Like everyone else who played The Last of Us, I have been waiting with great impatience for the arrival of its sequel, The Last of Us Part 2.
At the end of last year, the first trailer was unveiled by the game’s developer, Naughty Dog. It featured the two protagonists of the first game, Ellie and Joel, and all was well.
In the last few days, Naughty Dog have released a second trailer. No Ellie or Joel this time. Instead, the trailer opens as a muscular woman, wrists bound behind her back, is dragged through a forest and then lynched.
As she swings in the air, another woman is dragged into view. It looks like she once belonged to the same group because the leader of the lynch party asks her, ‘where is the other apostate?’
The prisoner spits at her contemptuously. In revenge, the leader has her left arm broken by a vicious hammer attack.
The missing apostate then appears – killing one of the lynch party before the prisoner kills the two others. The lynched woman is cut down and gets ready to help defend the group as clickers appear out of the darkness.
The graphic nature of the trailer – you miss nothing in terms of the lynching or hammer attack – make it a very powerful piece of work. I hope, though, I really, really hope that there is a strong narrative reason for its graphic nature because otherwise, Naughty Dog is going to stand accused of releasing something that amounts to a kind of torture porn. Every crunching blow. The slow strangulation of the woman. It’s all there and is not at all easy to watch.
Here is the trailer. It is not for the faint hearted: