I know it seems like a random topic to be discussing as Naughty Dog have already said there's a 50-50 chance of there being a sequel. I would still like to know the communitie's opinions so I suppose i'll be the one the to start off. Personally, i do believe they should make a sequel. It doesn't matter if it relates to Hoel and Ellie or not. They have a lot of potential with the post apocalyptic world they have created and it would be a shame to let it go to waste. They have the rest america and even the rest of the world to explore and so many possible characters and situations. They managed to come up with a brilliant story first time around, it may not be any more difficult to do it ith a different location and different set of characters.
I thought that it would be a good idea if it took place maybe 1-3 years later and Tommy's dam/town has now expanded to the point where people are beginning to hear about it more and more across america almost in the same way you hear about what happens in certain quarantine zones except from Tommy's dam would be what people aim for and see it as hope. The story could follow a group, a pair or a survivor who is simply trying to find refuge somewhere safe. I know it may sound like it is repeating slightly as Joel and Elllie's destination was also the Tommy at first. There could be a twist where the survivor(s) don't know about Tommy's dam and at the end of the game, you may end up in Jackson leaving players excited at the sight of the area foreshadowing of upcoming events. I don't want to say anymore as that could spoil any ending that Naughty dog come up with as they are of course unpredictable if tehy do indeed choose to make the game at all. The ending of the first game left some players, including myself, quite unsatisfied even though I can work out what happens after its just the lack of seeing it with my own eyes on the screen which makes it feel like it loses its value. This is why it would give Naughty Dog the upper hand on a sequel as players would be eager to see what could happen even if it included the smallest scene or easter egg of Ellie and Joels existence.
I would write more but frnakly its late and i'm tired. I would like to see some of your idea's on a sequel or if you think a sequel should be made at all.