Recently, the LGBT-friendly media monitoring organization GLAAD named The Last of Us‘ Ellie as one of the “Most intriguing” LGBT characters of 2014, predicting that she might become the most famous LGBT character in gaming.
Warning: do not read the passage below if you haven’t played The Last of US: Left Behind, unless you don’t mind heavy spoilers.
One of the most critically acclaimed games of all time, The Last of Us actually made our list last year for including gay hermit Bill amongst its cast of diverse characters trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic America. Then in February, developer Naughty Dog released an important piece of add-on content expanding on the story of central character Ellie and her life before meeting Joel. Though Ellie had previously mentioned the best friend she lost, Left Behind reveals that in their final days together, Ellie also confessed her true feelings for Riley after learning they would soon be separated, which Riley reciprocated. These scenes between them deepened Ellie’s story even further and made the survivor’s guilt she expresses later in the story all the more poignant. With a big-budget film adaptation in the works and a highly anticipated-sequel planned for 2016, Ellie is primed to become the most famous LGBT character in gaming.
It’ll definitely be interesting to see if Ellie’s character will be expanded in further iterations of the franchise, whether in gaming or in other form of media. Intriguing is also the mention of a “highly anticipated-sequel planned for 2016,” even if the legitimacy of this information is somewhat doubtful.
Just to be sure, we contacted Sony for a clarification, and we’ll let you know if we receive any relevant information.