Episode seven of HBO’s The Final of Us follows the plotline of the additional downloadable content material for the online game, titled “Left Behind.” In an prolonged flashback, Ellie (Bella Ramsey) and her pal Riley (Storm Reid) spend a night goofing off collectively in an deserted shopping center. Close to the end of the episode, they kiss, simply earlier than a tear-jerker ending.
Regardless of the episode sticking to the source material (which means none of this was a shock to followers of the online game), there was potential for sure followers to be upset over queer inclusion. That they had, in spite of everything, gotten very offended after episode three, “Long Long Time,” centered on a homosexual love story, something Ramsey addressed after its release. For “Left Behind,” Reid determined to get forward of the haters, saying to Entertainment Weekly, “I’m certain individuals are gonna have issues to say on Sunday, however I don’t care as a result of I’m pleased with what we did and I’m pleased with the story that we informed and I’m pleased with the folks that we’re representing.”
Illustration is deeply necessary to Reid, who was drawn to her character on The Final of Us as a result of Riley is a younger queer Black lady. When describing Riley’s relationship with Ellie, Reid mentioned, “We’re on the tightrope of a friendship and having a crush, or is it a crush? Is it simply flirtatious power? There’s simply a lot that goes into the complexity of what the episode is. And moreover, the complexity of what Ellie and Riley’s relationship is I discover simply so lovely.”
New episodes of The Final of Us arrive Sundays on HBO.
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