There has been much speculation about whether or not Riley and Ellie in The Last Of Us are lesbians.
The Last Of Us is considered one of the greatest video games of all time. While there has been much speculation about whether or not Ellie, the lead character, was a lesbian, in the sequel, Left Behind, suspicions are confirmed when her romance with Riley, an old friend, is revealed.
During an interview, Neil Druckmann, Creative director for the saga, said: “Now when I was writing it, I was writing it with the idea that Ellie is gay, and when the actresses were working they were definitely working with the idea that they’re both attracted to each other.”
“That was the subtext and intention that they were playing with from the opening cinematic when they’re holding each other’s hands for too long, or when Riley bites her on the neck; there’s that chemistry there from the get go that was important for us so that we earned that moment when they kissed each other.”
“So that it wasn’t just out of the blue but also wasn’t so overt that you’re like “Oh of course. Just get on with it.” Druckman added.
The Last of Us: Left Behind was released to critical acclaim. Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating in the 0–100 range, calculated an average score of 88 out of 100, indicating “generally favorable reviews”, based on 69 reviews. GameRankings assigned it an average review score of 90% based on 40 reviews. Reviewers praised the character development, story and subtext, gameplay and combat, and depiction of female and LGBT characters.
Tom Mc Shea of GameSpot found the story insightful, and IGN’s Colin Moriarty named it one of the game’s standout features.