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"Seattle Day 1" is the second act of The Last of Us Part II. It contains the chapters "The Gate", "Downtown", "Eastbrook Elementary", "Capitol Hill", "Channel 13", "The Tunnels", "The Theater", and "The Birthday Gift".

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Plot

The Gate

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Ellie, Dina, and Shimmer reach the outskirts of Seattle in search of the Washington Liberation Front (WLF). On the way there, Dina guesses why Abby Anderson killed Joel, citing the Cannibals and Boston Smugglers as possible suspect groups she may have belonged to in the past. Ellie cuts her off, stating that she does not see the point in guessing until they find out more information about Abby and the WLF. 

After emerging from the forest, the women arrive at the massive gates of the Seattle Quarantine Zone. There, they discover the seemingly-abandoned entrance littered with the skeletons of executed FEDRA soldiers; they speculate that the WLF left the corpses there as a warning to would-be trespassers. After exploring the nearby FEDRA trailers for clues on the WLF's whereabouts, Dina boosts Ellie up a ladder so she can traverse the QZ wall. Once she reaches the other side of the gate, Ellie discovers a generator and more FEDRA trailers and successfully opens the gate to let Dina and Shimmer into the QZ after diverting power from the generator.

Downtown

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Upon successfully bypassing the gate accessing the Serevena Hotel, Ellie and Dina access the wolf-motif banner building after witnessing a Runner climbing over the fences. Upon reaching the lobby, they find several dead WLF soldiers, none of which Ellie recognizes. They soon reach a room on the second floor, and find Nick - a member of Abby's group that came to kill Joel - and another soldier bound to chairs, both dead. She then deduces that their deaths were Tommy's doing by pointing out the torture tactics once used by Joel back in the Lakeside Resort. Noting the code on the floor written in blood, the women leave the base and press on.

Dina attempts to calm Ellie's worries of the bloody sight, saying that she would have done the same - if not, worse - had it been her sister, Talia, who was killed. During their journey, an trap detonates, separating both Ellie and Dina momentarily. Ellie witnesses Mike shoot Shimmer dead, who then knocks her out.

Eastbrook Elementary

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Bound to a table, Ellie wakes up to Jordan taunting her with her switchblade. Jordan inquires if she is acting alone, only for Mike to interrupt him. After revealing that Ellie witnessed Joel's killing, Mike informs Jordan that their leader, Isaac, has issued orders to execute all trespassers. Jordan intervenes, wanting to gain more information from Ellie on whether more people from Jackson are heading to Seattle. Their disagreement abruptly ends when Dina shoots from the skylight, killing Mike, but soon falls to the ground after Jordan shoots out the glass roof. Shocked, the unscathed Jordan then proceeds to strangle Dina, but Ellie cuts herself free with one of the fallen glass shards, and stabs Jordan twice in the neck with her switchblade. Searching through his corpse, she finds a note and a polaroid of Leah, another accomplice of Abby who took part in Joel's death. They soon escape the school and arrive at a series of apartments for cover. After examining the contents of the note, they found out of Leah's whereabouts at Channel 13, a local TV station.

Capitol Hill

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Crossing through the city, Ellie and Dina encounter several WLF members. Their first group was at a laundromat, the second at nearby gas station and finally a third battalion at a nearby bank. During their journey, Dina asks Ellie what her plans with Leah were going to be, to which Ellie replies that she only seeks Abby's whereabouts, and would use force when it comes to that. They also stop by a bookstore adorned with torn LGBTQ+ flags as well as its nearby streets. Dina jokes about their relationship by referencing a book she finds in the store, titled Sorority Sisters.

Channel 13

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After finding a way through Capitol Hill, they discover several explosive traps littered across their journey to the TV station. They then cross a river and discover several corpses and a horse carcass once belonging to Tommy. They press on and upon arriving at the TV station, they notice how quiet the station is, only to see a multitude of WLF bodies. To Ellie's disappointment, they find Leah's dead body, skewered with arrows. Examining her belongings, they take several photographs of the group that were sent out to locate Joel back in Jackson, including Abby. Suddenly, more WLF soldiers arrive, forcing the pair to flee to an abandoned subway station.

The Tunnels

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Ellie and Dina navigate their way through the abandoned subway station, bypassing a group of both WLF members and Clickers, including the newly-discovered Shambler. Upon nearing the exit, Ellie's mask breaks. Desperate, Dina attempts to remove her mask to share it, but Ellie stops her, revealing she is immune to the Cordyceps. Before she can explain, a horde of Infected chase them. They escape the subway underground but Dina collapses to the ground. Ellie assists an exhausted Dina to a nearby theater

The Theater

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Once inside the Pinnacle Theater, Ellie, noticing Dina's unusual behavior, asks her about her condition. Dina reveals that she is pregnant. Shocked and angry, Ellie leaves Dina to rest and searches through the abandoned theater and soon finds a key that leads to the auditorium. She soon finds a guitar and proceeds to play an excerpt of Future Days by Pearl Jam.

The Birthday Gift

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After playing guitar in the theater, Ellie has a flashback to her sixteenth birthday when Joel took her on a camping trip to rural Wyoming. The chapter begins with Ellie practicing the guitar, clearly still learning the chords to Future Days and self-deprecating her skills. Joel reassures her that she just needs to build up calluses on her fingertips and tells her to follow him, after which gameplay begins.

Ellie attempts to guess her birthday gift, much to an amused Joel. After walking on a rocky path, the two of them reach a narrow ledge. Joel insists that Ellie traverse it first and uses this opportunity to push her into the water. When she emerges from the surface, Ellie angrily claims that she could have drowned, to which Joel retorts that she needs to work on her confidence.

On her way up the museum's spiral staircase, Ellie asks Joel if he went to museums a lot before the Outbreak. He says that his late daughter Sarah dragged him to "every damned museum in Texas."

Journal entries

Ellie makes two journal entries in this chapter.

  1. King of the tyrant lizards - Ellie makes a sketch of the T-Rex and comments "That's a big boy!"
  2. One Day - Ellie makes a sketch of a spaceship after exclaiming that she will be the seventh person to go to the Moon.

Trivia

  • This is the first chapter since "The Enemy of My Enemy" to feature Infected and human encounters simultaneously and the first in a non-DLC expansion.
  • During this chapter, if the player pays attention to Dina but uses camera tricks to see her without Ellie looking directly at her, she occasionally holds her stomach. This foreshadows her revealing to Ellie that she is pregnant at the theater.

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