The Last Of Us Part 2 got a lot of hate, but it’s an absolutely incredible study of the corrosive and inevitably self destructive nature of violence and revenge.
But it could have been worse.
Neil Druckmann and narrative lead Halley Gross spoke to Kotaku, and said in the original ending lead character Ellie (spoilers from now on) would actually kill Abby rather than come to her realisation, and while she’d still go back to her now abandoned farm, she would be attacked by someone who said Ellie killed their child, and Ellie would lose some of her fingers here (instead of earlier, before she and Abby come to peace).
In the original ending, Ellie learns nothing. Much like the haters.