Ellie's back in the mo-cap studio for The Last of Us 2, but where's Joel?

The Last of Us 2 (opens in new tab) is now very much a thing and, as it's official, we're seeing a few little snippets of info here and there. One thing we're getting are a some shots of Ashley Johnson, who plays Ellie, in the mo-cap studio. 

Just Ashley. 

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Here she is again.

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And again. 

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Where's Troy Baker, who plays Joel exactly? The last game was pretty much an ensemble piece throughout so you'd think he'd there, smiling away with a mo-cap plank or something.  

Obviously Troy could just be around, having a coffee, somewhere out of shot. And we know Naughty Dog are devious SOBs (opens in new tab) when it comes to manipulating info (opens in new tab) , but there are plenty of The Last Of Us 2 fan theories (opens in new tab) that Ashely doing mo-cap on her own could fire up - the main one being that Joel is dead and a figment of Ellie's imagination. 

Let the wild theorising commence. 

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