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Exploring Joels Home in The Last of Us 2 – Hidden Details You May Have Missed

By Rachael Fiddis

August 3, 2021

Youtuber and Last of Us 2 fan Speclizer comes in with yet another video showcasing hidden details and this time, we’re at Joels home.

Fans of the game love finding out little details they may have missed or the meaning behind certain things. This time, Speclizer has created an out-of-bounds video showing areas that players may not have seen inside Joel’s home.

One of the most heartbreaking and emotional scenes in Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us Part 2 (yes, I know, there are many) was when Ellie and Dina made their way back to Joel’s sombre house after his death. As Ellie walks around the bleak and empty home, players get a small insight into how Joel lived but there are plenty of hidden details that can be missed.

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In the video, eagled eyed players might have seen a windchime hanging up at the front of Joel’s house that has somewhat of an emotional story behind it. The peaceful decoration, which goes against almost everything The Last of Us stands for, can also be found in Joel and Sarah’s house in the very first game.

We then see that Ellie had taken the windchime at some point and placed it in her and Dina’s ranch house which we can see hanging up towards the end of Part 2. Speclizer also uses their out of bounds talents to pan into Joel’s home during his last conversation with Ellie. It’s quite the empty space other than a pile-up of washing and mould build-up but I’m fairly sure Joel has more important things on his mind than cleaning at that time.

Some more obvious, less hidden items in Joel’s house is the picture of him and his daughter Sarah found upstairs but do you know how Joel got it? This photograph was shown to Ellie in the first Last of Us by Maria in which she then stole to give to Joel. When received Joel states “It doesn’t matter how hard you try, I guess you can’t escape your past”.

Another cool little detail is in Joel’s bedroom where there’s a ‘Space’ book beside his bed that indicates that Joel was trying to learn more about Ellie’s favourite subject in an effort to connect better with her.

If you love these hidden TLOU2 details as much as I do, make sure you head over to Speclizer’s Youtube page where there’s enough to keep you going for quite some time. Don’t forget to check out a nice little easter egg of Sully’s plane from Uncharted 4 as well as a more detailed look at the aquarium in Seattle from The Last of Us 2.

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Rachael Fiddis
@Irish_Soulful

Rachael, who is Deputy Editor & Head of Stakeholder Relations, has been gaming for many years. Some of her favourite video games include The Witcher 3 and The Last of Us but also loves a good indie title. Gaming Culture is where her heart lies and spends many hours sieving through gaming fan art and cosplay displays. Other than gaming, Rachael is a book nerd and music lover.

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