The Last of Us Fans React to Bella Ramsey Being Cast As Ellie Instead of Kaitlyn Dever

“After All We’ve Been Through. Everything That I’ve Done. It Can’t Be For Nothing.” - Ellie

February 11, 2021

For fans of The Last of Us, today has been a very special day. Not only did we hear that The Mandalorian star Pedro Pascal would be playing Joel in the upcoming The Last of Us show by HBO, but we also heard that Bella Ramsey, who played the brave noblewoman Lyanna Mormont in Game of Thrones, will be cast to play Ellie. You can certainly see the similarities between GoT‘s Lyanna and TLOU‘s Ellie – two stubborn and very brave young women but how are fans reacting to this news and are they sad that the favorite to be Ellie won’t be Kaitlyn Dever?

Kaitlyn Dever, an American actress who gained recognition for her roles in Justified and the brilliant Netflix drama miniseries Unbelievable, was the hot favorite for fans to play Ellie from The Last of UsJust like Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, people thought that she would make a great fit due to her physical similarity to the character as well as her demeanor. Looking through social media, you are initially greeted with the excitement that fans have to just finally know who will play these characters at long last but also while many think that Bella Ramsey is perfect for the role as Ellie, a few are disappointed that Kaitlyn Dever was picked up.

Let’s take a look at some of the mixed reactions on social media.

So as you can tell from the reactions so far on Twitter, some are all in on Bella Ramsey playing Ellie, and others aren’t too sure if the actress can pull the role of Ellie off and would have preferred Kaitlyn Dever. Personally speaking, I think Ramsey will knock it out of the park but after seeing Dever’s performance in Unbelievable, the actress has a hell of a lot of talent that is right up there with what fans want to see in someone portraying Ellie.

Hopefully, we will get a release date for the HBO show soon and have something to look forward to in this hellish year. As it stands, we could see The Last Of Us release by the end of the year or towards the start of next year but until an official announcement, it will just be rumors.

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Rachael (She/Her), who is Deputy Editor & Head of Stakeholder Relations, has been gaming for many years. Some of her favourite video games include The Witcher 3 and The Last of Us but also loves a good indie title. Gaming Culture is where her heart lies and spends many hours sieving through gaming fan art and cosplay displays. Other than gaming, Rachael is a book nerd and music lover.

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