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  • Author's Saving Throw: The gameplay trailer had some fans feeling that Ellie looked a little too different from the first game, even if she'd aged five years. The 2019 Outbreak day trailer seems to have fixed this with Ellie's face resembling her first game's look even more.
  • Epileptic Trees:
    • The PSX 2016 trailer for the game has fans making all sorts of theories on what exactly is going on in it.
      • One of the most widely accepted theories is that Joel is actually a hallucination/ghost in the trailer. Evidences to support it include there being a bright white light behind him as he enters the house, his clothes being uncannily clean and new while Ellie's clothes are worn down and torn, his hands being completely smooth and clean while Ellie's hands are scarred and bloodied as typical of post-apocalypse survivors, and his hair being too dark for a man who is already graying in the first game. Finally, Word of God has confirmed Ellie to be the primary playable character of the game, and with the second trailer introducing a trio of entirely new characters for as yet unclear reason, Joel is no longer certain to be the secondary playable character.
      • The September 2019 State of Play trailer both adds and subtracts elements for the theory. Joel's new appearance has more evidence of aging, but Ellie is the only one who interacts with him. Joel is definitively alive in the Wyoming section from the Outbreak Day game play as Dina asks Ellie what she’s going to do after they get off patrol and Ellie tells her that she’s going to watch a movie with Joel.
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    • The PGW 2017 trailer is no different, as it includes brand-new characters, one of whom was initially unnamed.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The tagline, "I'm gonna find, and I'm gonna kill, every last one of them." came first indeed. However, in 2019, before the game was released, Fire Emblem: Three Houses was released and the game had a Memetic Mutation about the phrase "Kill every last one of them!". And because of that, the tagline of this game ended up sounding kind of memetic.
  • "Holy Shit!" Quotient: After three years of waiting since the 2016 reveal teaser, (and a whole six years since the first game came out), the 2019 September trailer finally properly revealed Joel and his new look after the five year-timeskip, earning this reaction from pretty much the whole fanbase.
  • LGBT Fanbase: While already present from those who knew about Ellie from the first game, the fact that Sony practically opened their 2018 E3 Press Conference with an on-screen lesbian kiss (and one of the most realistically rendered kisses ever in gaming) during Pride month led to a vocal outpouring of support and interest from Twitter.
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  • Memetic Mutation: "But can Ellie swim??" Explanation 
  • Older Than They Think: Apparently a surprising amount of people went furious after the E3 gameplay showed a clip of Ellie kissing a girl. Ellie's sexuality was confirmed by Word of God years ago, and was even the Central Theme of the Left Behind DLC. It's not exactly a big reveal at this point.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: All the previews of the game are done with the game's engine and it looks incredible, even surpassing the high bar Uncharted 4: A Thief's End set. The animation looks organic and the facial animations look great without the characters falling into the Uncanny Valley. The aforementioned kiss between Ellie and Dina is a highlight as their skin reacts appropriately as they press their faces together. This video highlighting the E3 2018 preview goes in more detail.

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