Are there multiple endings in The Last of Us Part 2?

We explain whether there are multiple endings in The Last of Us Part 2 and what options you have after you beat the game.

After finishing The Last of Us Part 2, a question that’s cropped up is whether there are multiple endings. While there’s a lot to see and do in The Last of Us Part 2, the game stays on its linear story path from start to finish. To explain further, we’ve put together a quick guide on whether there are multiple endings in The Last of Us Part 2.

Are there multiple endings in The Last of Us Part 2?

Are there multiple endings in The Last of Us Part 2?
In The Last of Us Part 2, there is only one ending, and it may disappoint you.
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The answer to whether there are multiple endings in The Last of Us Part 2 is no, there are no other endings. As you work your way through the game, you’re free to explore each area and hunt for collectibles, but The Last of Us Part 2 isn’t an open-world RPG. No matter the choices you make, the game’s story will remain unchanged.

For some, this can come as a relief as it means they didn’t miss out on any “better” endings. For others, it can come as a disappointment if they’re unhappy with the one and only ending in The Last of Us Part 2. If you’re wondering what to do after you’ve reached the ending, you can play the game again as The Last of Us Part 2 offers an optional New Game+ Mode.

The New Game+ Mode is harder, giving you more of a challenge when it comes to combat. However, the ending in the New Game+ Mode is the same as the base game, it doesn’t change.

The Last of Us Part 2 Ending Spoilers

The Last of Us Part 2 Ending Spoilers
The Last of Us Part 2 ending is extremely depressing. 
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Warning: we’re going to spoil the ending of The Last of Us Part 2. If you haven’t beaten the game and want the ending to be a surprise, you can stop reading the article at this point with the knowledge that no, there are no other endings in The Last of Us Part 2. 

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To quickly recap, The Last of Us Part 2 ends with Ellie being unable to get her revenge on Abbey. Instead, Abbey is able to sail away with Lev. Unable to do anything else at that point, Ellie attempts to return home to her peaceful life in Jackson with Dina and baby JJ only to find the two are no longer there.

Because Ellie was unable to let go of her vendetta against Abbey, she left Dina and JJ behind without thinking of how that would affect them. Before Ellie left, Dina made it clear that she had no intention of putting herself or JJ through the pain of that ordeal against Abbey again. Ellie disregarded this and left for Santa Barbara.

Several months passed during Ellie’s pursuit of Abbey, it wasn’t a quick mission where Ellie could change her mind and return to Dina. As sad as it is, it’s not exactly a surprise that Dina decided against waiting for Ellie. Maybe she waited for a week or two, but after it was clear Ellie may not return, Dina moved on with her life.

The empty home that Dina and Ellie once shared symbolizes Ellie’s relationship with Dina is over and there’s no way to mend or fix it. It’s done.

In the end, Ellie is left with nothing. Joel is dead, Abbey is alive so there’s no closure or revenge for Ellie, and Dina and JJ are gone for good. The game makes a point to show the symbolism of Ellie being unable to play the guitar that reminds her of her time with Joel because of the fingers she lost in a fight with Abbey.

No matter how much she might want to forget everything that’s happened to her and the loved ones she lost, she’ll never really be able to. In The Last of Us Part 2 there is no happy ending and there’s no real resolution to the events of the game.

Naughty Dog hasn’t stated whether there will be a Last of Us Part 3. It’s possible we may get more of a clean ending in a follow-up game, or added clarity in DLC for The Last of Us Part 2, but nothing has been confirmed as of the time of this writing.

Now that you know whether there are multiple endings in The Last of Us Part 2, we have a few other guides you may be interested in checking out:

Morgan is a writer, indie game lover, and socially awkward coffee addict. Need something? Morgan can be reached at morgan.shaver@allgamers.com or if you like, you can say hello using GIFs on Twitter.

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