Joel's character was resolved at the end of TLOU1 pretty well... so as soon as I heard of TLOU2, I fully expected it to happen.
But the circumstances, excuses, build-up and also execution of his death was a big middle finger for many players. As cliche'd as it would have been - I would have loved more conventional "moving" death scene in Ellie's arms or sort... or last minute dash to save Ellie or whatnot.
That is a scene we have all seen played out so many times before. It would have made his death.....forgettable. At least the way Joel died struck a nerve. I was so pissed off at what Abby did to Joel and yet looking back....I wouldn't have changed a thing about it.