The Last of Us Part II is now out and it contains plenty of callbacks to the first game and references to other pieces of pop culture. In the following article, we’re going to focus on that latter group–so here’s every single Easter egg we’ve found in The Last of Us Part II. We’re going to be talking about several moments throughout the game, so turn back now if you want to avoid spoilers.
If you want to know about all the callbacks to the first game, we’ve got you covered there as well. In the video embedded below, Evan Langer and Jake Dekker detail all of the Easter eggs, callbacks, and references in Part II–which includes all of the items, scenes, and dialogue that are in reference to The Last of Us and The Last of Us: Left Behind.
So right at the beginning of the game, Joel plays the guitar and sings for Ellie. The song is real–it’s Pearl Jam’s “Future Days,” which was officially released on October 11, 2013. Of course, with Outbreak Day occurring on September 26, 2013, the song was never actually released in the world of The Last of Us. Joel likely heard Pearl Jam perform “Future Days” live (it was first performed in July of that year) and managed to memorize the song or happened upon a CD that was locked away in some warehouse somewhere just waiting to be distributed.