The Last of Us Part 2 did not always keep the content we saw in the final version. The official art book dedicated to this installment unveils an unused concept that changed the most transcendental scene starring Abby.
Warning: If you have not played The Last of Us Part II, we recommend you stop reading right now since it will address issues that reveal the plot of the game.
This was Abby and Joel's alternative scene
Long before Abby ended Joel's life with a golf club, Naughty Dog outlined an alternate plot that changed the meeting between both protagonists, although the outcome was the same. "In an original pitch, Abby was going to infiltrate the dance at the festival and insinuate herself into Joel's life," the studio begins.
In the images accompanying this article (uploaded by user u/IzhmaelCorp08 on Reddit) we can see the concept art sketched by Naughty Dog. On the left side of the image, we see how would have been the meeting between Abby and Joel in full dance, a moment in which he has no idea of the hidden intentions of the young woman. On the right side, however, we see the final result.
Naughty Dog describes it as follows: "Concept of Abby cornering a mortally wounded Joel. Her machete is bloodied from severing his hand. As he attempts to shift away from her, stunned and scared, he registers her cold gaze piercing through him. It's in that moment he realizes this is not a random attack: she has been hunting him.
The final version differs completely from this concept, with Joel being tortured by Abby and her group until they deliver the final blow. The rest, if you've played it, is history: from that moment began the journey of revenge on which Ellie embarks across the United States.
Source | Reddit