The Last of Us creator has announced that they won’t recast Ellie (Bella Ramsey), despite a five-year time leap planned for season two.
While casting speculations, showrunners Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann stated they plan to replace the 19-year-old Game of Thrones actor.
Based on the same-named computer game, the HBO drama with Bella Ramsey and Pedro Pascal had a smashing debut season and attracted 8.2 million people for the finale.
🚨 CONFIRMADO: Bella Ramsey retornará como Ellie na 2ª temporada de #TheLastOfUs— Portal The Last of Us (@PortalTLOU) March 13, 2023
Criador da série lembrou que Bella tinha 17 anos quando filmou a 1ª temporada, e agora tem 19, a mesma idade de Ellie no 2º jogo:
“Apenas observem acontecer. Acho que ainda há essa ansiedade. Tudo… https://t.co/yx5DM4tDc9 pic.twitter.com/w1JDB6P0r4
The first season of The Last of Us concentrated on the video game’s events from 2013, while the second season anticipated exploring Part Two from 2020, which takes place five years after the first game.
The creators reassured fans that they have no intentions to replace Bella, saying they want her “heart and soul” to stay in the part even though Ellie will age from 14 to 19.
Craig and Neil discussed their intentions for the eagerly awaited second season while pointing out that Bella Ramsey is already 19 years old, just like Ellie will be.
The only time they would ever think of re-casting Bella, according to Neil, is if she does not want to work with them anymore, according to Entertainment Weekly.
Craig continued by saying that while some elements of the second season would be similar to the video game, others would be “radically different” since they want the series to have its flavor.
Craig also made fun of the fact that they already knew how Bella’s outfit, hair, and makeup would get styled for the second season of the famous show.
Information has yet to be released about when the second season might start filming or when HBO might air it again.
It follows the highly successful “Look For the Light,” season finale of The Last Of Us, which aired last weekend.
According to a press release issued on March 13, Monday, 8.2 million people watched the linear broadcast on HBO in addition to all other viewing options, including HBO Max, where the bulk of fans watched each episode.
The famous 2013 video game with the same name got produced by Neil of Naughty Dog, who also collaborated with Craig to create the TV show.
Joel (Pedro Pascal) is charged with leading young Ellie (Bella Ramsey) on a trek to the West in the hopes that her unique immunity to the fungus will lead to a cure of some sort. The Last of Us is set two decades after an outbreak of the mutated cordyceps fungus devastated most of humanity.
The actors Ashley Johnson and Troy Baker played Ellie 7 Joel in the original computer game and made cameo appearances in the last two episodes.
In the eighth episode, When We Are In Need, Troy played James, the right-hand man to David (Scott Shepherd), the leader of a group of survivors holed up in a mountain resort.
The ninth and final episode of Season One, “Look for the Light,” featured Ashley in the opening sequence as Anna, Ellie’s mother, as viewers could see the traumatic circumstances surrounding Ellie’s birth.