'The Last of Us' star Bella Ramsey thinks it's 'important' to depict LGBTQ love in a post-apocalyptic world: 'It's not like all the gay people got blown up'
Bella Ramsey said it's "really important" that "The Last of Us" depicts queer relationships.
The show's third episode vastly expanded a queer storyline between two characters.
Ramsey said she hopes the show's representation impacts all members of its audience.
Bella Ramsey said it's "really important" that "The Last of Us" honed in on a poignant LGBTQ relationship in the show's third episode.
The episode titled "Long, Long Time" stars Nick Offerman as Bill, a character from the original game who is implied to be gay. The show, however, vastly expands his storyline, diving into his relationship with Frank (played by Murray Bartlett) over the course of the cordyceps pandemic in the show.
Ramsey said on the "Happy Sad Confused" podcast, hosted by Josh Horowitz, that she thought the show's focusing on a queer relationship in a post-apocalyptic society was important.
"It's not like all the gay people got blown up and it doesn't exist anymore, you know what I mean?" said Ramsey, who has previously described her gender as "very fluid."
"I think it's really important," she continued. "I just like the fact, from reading the script, obviously, I've not seen it yet, that it's a relationship and it happens to be between two men. And that love story is so beautiful and heartbreaking."
"Long, Long Time," named for the Linda Ronstadt song featured in the episode, garnered praise from critics and audiences alike for its depiction of Bill and Frank's relationship and their heart-wrenching narrative. Ramsey's character, Ellie, is also queer, something that the actor confirmed was crucial to the story as well.
Ultimately, Ramsey said that she hopes the show's LGBTQ representation will resonate with all audiences.
"I think it's just really nice and important that people can feel represented, and the hope is that it impacts people who aren't in the community just as much as it impacts people who are," she said.
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