WARNING: This article contains MAJOR SPOILERS for The Last of Us Season 2, so if you aren’t updated on the HBO series, read at your own risk!
Apart from the post-apocalyptic heartbreaking stories, showrunners Neil Druckmann and Craig Mazin refuse to shy away from expounding on the LGBTQ+ love stories from the Naughty Dog video game. However, despite the continuous success of The Last of Us Episode 3, which featured the first gay relationship story, Bella Ramsey is already one step ahead of the homophobic backlash.
“I know people will think what they want to think. But they’re gonna have to get used to it.” Ramsey said in a recent interview with GQ, “If you don’t want to watch the show, because it has gay storylines, because it has a trans character, that’s on you, and you’re missing out. It isn’t gonna make me afraid. I think that comes from a place of defiance.”
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See, The Last of Us Part II video game featured its very first transgender character named Lev, who was proven to be pivotal in the Part II, seeing as Lev (played by Ian Alexander) and their sister, Yara (portrayed by Victoria Grace) both join Abby, who is also bound for a The Last of Us Season 2 appearance.
The Last of Us Episode 3 was one of the earlier scenes in Season 1 that bumped up the show’s viewership on the streaming site, seeing as Nick Offerman’s Bill and Murray Bartlett’s Frank’s heartbreaking story immediately brought fans to tears, especially seeing as Bill was one of Joel Miller’s surviving friends during the outbreak.
While finding out about Bill’s demise took a step back from Joel’s progress in safely “delivering” Ellie to the Fireflies, the episode pretty much introduced more on what The Last of Us truly means when it comes to doing what it takes to not lose the ones you love.
Meanwhile, The Last of Us Episode 6 is slated to be released on February 19, Sunday, on HBO Max.