Co-creator of The Last Of Us HBO series, Neil Druckmann, has announced the first characters set for the adaptation. Interestingly, a redacted name has caught everyone’s attention. Of course, considering it’s a four-letter name, attention turns to Joel.
But, let’s not forget Dina, Ellie’s love interest seen in the trailers for The Last Of Us 2.
It comes as no big shock that the shortlist includes notable major characters from the game. In a statement from Druckmann, while quote-tweeting an HBO post of International Women’s Day, he said:
And now you have Ellie, Riley, Tess, Marlene, Maria, ⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️, and a few others! ? https://t.co/GMozU0TaZE
— Neil Druckmann (@Neil_Druckmann) March 8, 2020
Perhaps, the redacted name will refer to a character selected from The Last Of Us 2. As a result, if the theory proves correct, we would see material from the sequel earlier than anticipated within the TV adaptation.
To back up this idea, in 2017, Naughty Dog released a post on Twitter. It was announced that a Laura Bailey-voiced character had been confirmed for the sequel. Her name was redacted. At the time, conclusions were reached that she could be playing Ellie’s mother, Anna. What are the chances these are connected?
The names revealed at the moment are enough to excite fans of The Last Of Us. The announcement of Maria’s name, for instance, must surely confirm Tommy’s place within the TV adaptation, as well as their Hydroelectric Dam. There’s hope that the adaptation will further focus on the Left Behind side-story, given that Riley’s name has shown up.
However, Henry and Sam have not made the shortlist. The same can be said for David. But, Druckmann’s remark of a “few others” leaves fans hopeful for more names to show up very soon.
Druckmann, the game’s co-director, is working with Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin to transform the post-pandemic game into a TV series.
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