The Last of Us 2 has a hidden Easter egg for that viral rabbit clip

The Last of Us 2
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Naughty Dog added a dead rabbit Easter egg to The Last of Us 2 to honor the viral clip of streamer and voice actor Emme Montgomery, aka Negaoryx, reacting to the rabbit hunting scene in the first game. 

Here's a quick refresher for anyone who may have missed or forgotten this tidbit of internet history: 

You've probably seen this clip around, either through edited memes or perhaps as a TikTok effect. It was hugely viral for a time and still gets mileage to this day, and apparently it caught the eyes of Naughty Dog at one point. As Montgomery told Kotaku (as part of a longer piece about the effects of her virality), The Last of Us 2 co-directors Anthony Newman and Kurt Margenau told her that they added a dead rabbit to the game as a direct reference to her viral clip. We've never seen an Easter egg highlighted as a reference to the self-described "rabbit dying meme girl," but it sounds like a fitting tribute. 

"Anytime that an anniversary of it comes up or if a brand makes a new video with it, and I retweet it, I always get multiple comments from people being like, ‘I watch this anytime I’m having a bad day, and it always cheers me up and gives me a laugh’ – little things like that," Montgomery says of the meme today. "That’s so freakin’ cool. It’s so cool to know that you can genuinely have a positive impact on people like that in a way that is so hands off – not because I stream every day, but because of one little sliver of content I created two years ago." 

Speaking of newly discovered The Last of Us tidbits: apparently there's a rarely seen animation for Ellie plucking ammo out of the dang air. 

Austin Wood

Austin freelanced for the likes of PC Gamer, Eurogamer, IGN, Sports Illustrated, and more while finishing his journalism degree, and he's been with GamesRadar+ since 2019. They've yet to realize that his position as a senior writer is just a cover up for his career-spanning Destiny column, and he's kept the ruse going with a focus on news and the occasional feature, all while playing as many roguelikes as possible.