Joel, and Ellie are the driving force of the game. There's only four possible outcomes for new protagonists. They died, became hunters, got to a QZ, or wander the wild. Joel, and Ellie, or nothing at all.
Then I pick nothing at all.
No one cares about what you pick.
It really doesn't matter what we think. If Naughty Dog finds the best possible story to tell--with or without Joel and Ellie--that's what they should do.
from past experiences in games like
main protagonist in all games, dies in the end, Community rage
Call of duty:
Protagonist changes in all games, community lost interest in the game
God Of War:
Protagonist in all games, Community happy
While I love to see Joel and Ellie back in the game, the only new characters I can think of are something to do with slaves...
By this, I mean we can based the second last of us on two characters as slaves trapped in a city run by these slavers bandits for years.
The characters are important, I doubt it's good to repeat the characters "Another old man, another teenage girl...".
Though I do think we should based the slave characters on two teenage kids or slightly older (At least 16/17 at the start) As Brother and sister adapting to the cruel world that is out there after some escape...
It may be hard living as slaves but can it be harder living outside what you're used to?
I'm not entirely sure what happens next, perhaps the slavers go after them or something?
What I've learned in the LAst of us is that it doesn't matter what the plot is as long the characters are good and the journey is great. Hell, I even forgot Ellie was the cure for all humankind in the winter section...