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Background and early life
Events of The Last of Us Part II
Joining the WLF and war against FEDRA
During FEDRA's control over the Quarantine Zone, anger grew quickly towards the military and its control over the city. Isaac was one of the countless enraged by the banishments, food shortages, and executions conducted. Ultimately, he became one of the first members of the WLF, nicknamed "Wolves", initially serving under leaders Emma and Jason Patterson.
Eventually, the Pattersons were eliminated by the military, along with most of the other top officials of the Wolves, leaving Isaac as one of the last remaining leaders of the rebellion. This led to him being voted the commander of the rebels, and under his leadership, the WLF grew more successful in their efforts. An ever-increasing number joined, even FEDRA defectors, as did Isaac's ruthlessness. He organized attacks at checkpoints, hit convoys, and sacrificed countless people just to get a lead over FEDRA.
Finally, Lieutenant Carmelo Torres, commanding officer of the Seattle QZ, decided to pull out of Seattle, concluding that it was hopeless to fight against the Wolves. One final attack on FEDRA led to the Wolves massacring Torres and the bulk of his remaining staff still at the courthouse, leaving Isaac and the Wolves in primary control of the QZ.
However, the Wolves quickly saw the problems that the military had been dealing with thrust upon them, now in charge of thousands of survivors across Seattle. Isaac ordered the mass transportation of Seattle's population to SoundView Stadium in order to contain everyone. Those who tried to resist were either forced to leave or shot, leading many to conclude that the Wolves were no better than FEDRA.
However, this move ultimately proved to be beneficial to the survivors of Seattle. In the coming years, Isaac helped transform SoundView Stadium into a safe haven and community for the rebels and the civilians, with solar panels and wind turbines installed to provide power and a farm complete with livestock to feed the survivors.
War against the Seraphites
However, Isaac remained extremely ruthless and uncompromising, showing aggression to most outsiders and their neighbors, the Seraphites, referred to as "Scars" by the WLF, who considered the group a death cult. As violence between the two groups grew, Isaac led the WLF in a new war against the Seraphites, with atrocities committed by both sides. This bitter feud eventually reached a breaking point, and the leaders of both sides agreed to a ceasefire, allowing for the co-existence of the groups, though resentment was still quite apparent.
When some Seraphite teenagers attacked a WLF patrol and were gunned down, the treaty broke, and frequent and brutal skirmishes resulted in countless Wolves dead. Isaac turned a hotel into a military barracks and an interrogation facility, torturing and killing countless prisoners for information.
During this new war, Isaac accepted former Fireflies Abby Anderson, Manny Alvarez, Owen Moore, Nora Harris, Mel, Jordan, Nick and Leah into the WLF. Isaac took a particular liking to Abby and Manny, putting them in charge of one of his companies. Abby especially became Isaac's best soldier. In the winter of 2038, Isaac allowed Abby to take her group (dubbed the "Salt Lake" crew) to Jackson, Wyoming to track down Joel Miller, who killed Abby's father, Jerry Anderson, while rescuing Ellie from St. Mary's Hospital.
A few weeks after the group returned, Isaac found a WLF soldier (Danny) collapsed at a gate. He stayed with the man while he died, learning Abby's friend Owen shot him to protect a Scar soldier. Isaac told Nora about the incident, telling her to keep it a secret for Owen's safety.
Later that day, he called a meeting with Manny and Abby at his apartment in their Forward Operating Base (FOB). There, he revealed that he believed the frequent skirmishes with the Scars would ultimately lead to the Wolves losing the war in the long run and decided that the total annihilation of their enemies was the only way to bring true peace to Seattle. He began mobilizing the Wolves for one final assault against the Seraphites, this time taking the fight to their home on an island a short boat ride from Seattle's coast. He asked Manny and Abby to lead the army in three days time. However, Abby refused unless Isaac allowed her to bring Owen back into the WLF, as he had ran away after killing Danny. Isaac refused, angered that Abby would think Danny would have spent his dying moments to lie to him. Not giving in, Abby fled the WLF with Manny's help to find Owen. Once he found out, Isaac interrogated all of Abby's friends, being especially harsh on Mel.
Two days later, Isaac decided to put Manny in command of the army instead and sent him to secure the boats at the marina with his platoon. However, Tommy Miller was there searching for Abby and killed Manny and his platoon. That night, Isaac launched the invasion himself. The assault was initially successful, with the army securing the beachhead and Isaac's company pushed deep into the island's interior. There, he stumbled upon Abby protecting a Scar soldier, Lev. Confused by her actions, he decided to spare her if she rejoined the WLF and helped him win the invasion. Abby refused, leading Isaac to threaten to shoot her. Abby, undeterred, refused to move. As Isaac moved to fire, Lev's sister Yara shot him through the back, enabling Abby and Lev to escape.
A radio broadcast that Abby and Lev later listen in on revealed that Isaac died from the gunshot wound, with his army ultimately retreating from the island, the invasion having failed.
Personality and traits
Issac displays a calm but cruel and intimidating personality to those around him, especially his soldiers. He is also extremely xenophobic to both Seraphites and trespassers. Isaac takes loyalty from his own people seriously and reacts harshly should that trust be betrayed. He also has a twisted sense of justice as he allowed Abby and the former Fireflies to leave to seek revenge on Joel, and wanting to exterminate the entire Scar population to prevent them from attacking ever again. Isaac was not above killing children, like when he commands Abby to get away from Lev so he can shoot the boy.
- Jeffrey Wright, Isaac's motion-capture actor, and Shannon Woodward, Dina's, both were previously in the HBO series Westworld together. Halley Gross, who was the narrative leader for Part II, was a prominent writer for the show.
- The Art of The Last of Us Part II, Naughty Dog and Dark Horse Books, 2020