The Last of Us film adaptation has a director (Sam Raimi) and a potential new star (Maisie Williams, we hope). And because it's based on a videogame, it also has a ready-made script. But not everything original writer/director Neil Druckman had created actually made it into the finished version of the game. It seems that, according to Eurogamer, The Last of Us had another ending altogether.
The Last of Us is a videogame in which world-weary Joel and preteen Ellie have to shoot and stab their way across a post-apocalyptic America destroyed by a zombie-creating fungal infection. It's also a tale of loss and survival with the world's most morally ambiguous ending (You'll have to play the PlayStation 3 or the remastered PlayStation 4 game to see it). Seriously, there are way more than fifty shades of gray here.
It turns out the game had a kinder, gentler postscript for those who were left color-blind by its ultimate merging of black and white.
Note: This does not spoil the game's ending. This describes an unseen epilogue, which takes place four years after the events of The Last of Us.
Eurogamer, who was in attendance at a live theatrical performance of the game's storyline, writes,
Joel is now dating a woman from [Tommy's] camp named Esther, while Ellie is still acting a little distant. Joel reveals he has got Ellie a guitar as a present, plays her a song and promises he'll teach her how to play.
The two share a joke ("What's the bad thing about eating a clock? It's time consuming.") and then Joel leaves, as Ellie strums her new guitar…
In other words, the moral morass is given a shocking whiff of optimism. However, there's also bitter with the sweet:
[O]ne attendee described…"From the context of the dialogue as well as the song, it sounded to me that Joel initially began writing the song for Sarah, but now it is for Ellie. If I remember correctly Joel says something along the lines of "I was writing this before.... Nevermind that."
Will that epilogue make it into the movie? It depends on how the "true" ending tests with audiences - who notoriously love a happily ever after.