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In Portal 2, Chell awakens and hears that 9999... years have passed. The surface is just a wide field. Is she the last person on earth?

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She hears that 99999... days have passed. – Keen May 2 '11 at 23:13
@Keen, that makes a really big difference. – Teknophilia May 3 '11 at 1:58
The co-op finale holds a partial answer to your question. – Erik Robson May 3 '11 at 4:43
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Is she the last person alive...

No. There are plenty of additional test-subjects that are uncovered at the end of the co-op campaign

on [the surface of the] earth?

Nobody really knows. Killing everyone on the planet is quite difficult, and the ending of the Half-Life series (as the two exist in the same universe, but vastly separated in time when Portal 2 occurs) would probably provide the best answer. I would assume that the Good Guys win, so people will still be around, but who knows how many or where they're at?

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+1 for brilliant assumptions – Rohan Monga May 3 '11 at 16:33
We have no idea how much time will pass between Half-Life 2 and Half-Life 3, of course, since a cross-over of the two franchises has been announced (I believe). – user56 May 4 '11 at 13:55
@Arda, the cross-over was hinted at in Ep 2, but it may just be a one-way thing (WAG: probably just to mix up the gameplay with some weird Aperture Science science in Ep 3). Valve has said they want to separate the franchises though, and the long, indeterminate time that passed was the means to that end. – Nick T May 4 '11 at 14:37
I recall Valve stating otherwise. I'll have to check. – user56 May 4 '11 at 14:57
I suppose it depends on Episode 3... – Raven Dreamer May 14 '11 at 6:04

GLaDOS also mentions at one point she's been to the surface and seen lots of humans - but won't need them as she has Chell.

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This is assuming, of course, that GLaDOS was telling the truth. Quite a dangerous assumption... – DMA57361 May 3 '11 at 10:49
She also saw a deer. – Nick T May 3 '11 at 18:41
@NickT She didn't see the deer today. – user56 May 9 '11 at 19:30
Pretty much everything GLaDOS says at that stage is intended to hurt Chell's feelings (and maybe get a reaction from her). Truth or falsehood of a given statement isn't evaluated. – Shadur May 31 '11 at 4:57
@JonathanKaufman Err, nope. No reference to Combine at all. – user56 Aug 17 '11 at 16:51


It could have been from a solar flare, nuclear war, or anything that can take out humans but leave Earth's details like continental shifts. Because at the end of Portal 2 there is still land above the Aperture Science labs.

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