So I've been seeing theories that Joel is dead in the al second game and all I have to say is no. Honestly though it makes more sense that he maybe dies later on in the game (like at the end). Naughty Dog, don't do this to me.
There has been much controversy over whether Joel (from The Last of Us) is a hero or an anti-hero. I believe he is definitely an anti-hero. I understand he's put in difficult situations and he takes specific actions to stay alive.