Craig Mazin, co-writer of the TV adaptation of The Last of Us, has promised that Ellie will still be gay in the HBO series.
After the TV series was announced yesterday, Mazin replied to some people who were asking him questions about it on Twitter, one of who brought up the topic of maintaining the characters’ sexualities.
You have my word.
— Craig Mazin (@clmazin) March 5, 2020
When another person on Twitter replied Mazin’s tweet, saying “Bag it and tag it this tweet is now evidence,” he replied to them saying, “Correct. It is a receipt.”
It was first confirmed that Ellie is gay in The Last of Us DLC, Left Behind, in which she kisses her friend Riley in a flashback. Ellie’s sexuality will be explored further and be much more present in The Last of Us Part 2.
“Ellie is gay,” co-writer Halley Gross said back in 2018. “Ellie was born gay. This is just who she is. And to explore who she is as a teenager and as an adult, it wouldn’t be honoring her character to hide some facet of herself. We want to engage with her as a full character.”
During E3 2018, a gameplay video of The Last of Us Part 2 opened up with Ellie kissing new character Dina. Not much else is known about how the characters interact further into the game’s plot but given that Dina says Ellie has a better chance getting with her than the boys in their friend group, it seems likely they’ll become lovers.
HBO’s The Last of Us show is replacing the previously planned movie adaptation of the game. Mazin is writing it alongside the game’s original writer Neil Druckmann while Naughty Dog president Evan Wells is an executive producer. It’s also been revealed that Sony Pictures Television and PlayStation Productions will co-produce the series.
The Last of Us Part 2 is due to come out for PlayStation 4 on May 29, 2020 after its release date was delayed last year.
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