The Last of Us

Ellie actor Ashley Johnson says Last of Us 2 ending was “right choice”

Published: 30/Jul/2020 17:36

by Daniel Cleary


Popular voice actress Ashley Johnson, who portrays Ellie in the ‘The Last of Us Part II’, has revealed why she thinks the ending for Naughty Dog’s latest release was the “right choice” for her character.

Ellie has been a fan-favorite character for her role as a protagonist in Naughty Dog’s hit video game series, The Last of Us, and is particularly loved for her interactions and bond with Joel, who is played by Troy Baker.

Following the highly-anticipated release of the series’ second installment, on June 19, fans voiced mixed opinions on Part 2’s ending sequence and on how some of the choices had affected Ellie.

(Note: This article contains spoilers for the game.)

Joel looking at ellie in the last of us 2
Naughty Dog / Sony
Ellie and Joel’s interactions in The Last of Us made the pair fan-favorite characters.

However, Ellie’s voice actress Ashley Johnson has now shared her own take on her character’s decisions in the closing chapter of The Last of Us Part 2.

While reflecting on the game’s end with her fellow castmates for the Official TLOU podcast, on July 28, Johnson explained why she was convinced that Ellie made the “right choice” overall.

“She knows she made the right choice at least,” Ashley admitted, reflecting on Ellie’s mental state after the final battle, “Choosing to stop the hate and the decision to keep hurting people.”

Topic starts at 5:22

“Does she have a purpose or know what that is yet? No,” she continued, “I don’t think she knows what that is yet and I think that is forever going to be her journey to try and find that now.”

Ashley followed up on the character’s final decision, adding that Ellie’s vendetta against Abby and the rest of the WLF wasn’t going to heal any of her pain, “She at least realized that killing Abby wasn’t necessarily going to heal the hurt that she has from losing Joel and now she has to figure out how to heal from there.”

She later shared that, although justice was not served, the “whole point of the video game” was to highlight that the cycle of violence “doesn’t end,” with many TLOU characters rationalizing their harsh actions through the story.

While it unclear what happens to Ellie following TLOU2, it seems unlikely that Naughty Dog will release the third game in the series after Neil Druckmann admitted it would be “hard to justify.”

The Last of Us

What we know about The Last of Us HBO TV show – cast, release date, more

Published: 25/Sep/2020 21:48 Updated: 25/Sep/2020 21:49

by Brent Koepp


Naughty Dog’s The Last Of Us is officially getting a TV adaptation, thanks to television genius HBO. Here is everything we know about it, including cast, release date, and more.

First released in 2013 for PlayStation 3 and later released on PS4, The Last Of Us is often regarded as the best zombie game of all time, as well as the best PS exclusive. It follows the story of Joel after an outbreak of the Cordyceps fungus takes over the United States. He is tasked with transporting Ellie, a young girl who is immune to the disease, across the country in hopes of developing a cure.

Following the success of the first title, Naughty Dog announced a sequel to the zombie survival action game which was released on June 19. Furthermore, television network HBO is also creating a TV show based on the series, and ND Vice President Neil Druckmann and Chernobyl’s Craig Mazin are on board to write and executive produce it.

Cast, characters & director

In March 2020, Home Box Office announced that they were taking on the project, and its first director has since been revealed. Breaking Bad and Chernobyl director Johan Renck is set to helm the pilot episode, as told in an interview with Discussing Film.

“It’s an ongoing TV series. So that’s not something that I will be able to take on to that extent, but I’m part of that series and I will be directing at least the pilot,” he said.

Not all of the cast and characters are known so far, though Joel and Ellie will obviously play a huge part. Who will be taking on their roles is currently unknown.

In a tweet on March 8, Naughty Dog Vice President Neil Druckmann confirmed that Riley from Left Behind will be in the show, as well as Tess, Maria, and Marlene.

“And now you have Ellie, Riley, Tess, Marlene, Maria, ****, and a few others!” he tweeted, blocking out another character with four square emojis. Now that Part II has been released, we know that he was referring to Abby.

On September 22, 2020, during a Reddit AMA, Game of Thrones actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau hinted that he may be portraying Joel in the upcoming series. While he didn’t outright say he was playing him, he also didn’t deny it when asked and even mentioned that he had just gotten his hands on Part II. Only time will tell if it comes true.

Release date

There’s no current release date set for the show, but considering the fact they’ve yet to announce casting, it wouldn’t be wrong to assume a release date of late 2021, or even 2022.

Craig Mazin revealed during his weekly podcast Scriptnotes that production wouldn’t start until Part II of the game had released. “We can’t start on it right away because [Naughty Dog is] still finishing up the second game, but pretty soon,” he said.

The Last of Us Part II was released on June 19, but given the current state of events, it’s unclear as to whether production for the show will start any time soon.

Naughty Dog
The popular PlayStation 4 tile will bring its brutal story to HBO.

The plot

In March, The Hollywood Reporter reported that the series will cover the events from the first game, with the “possibility” of it delving into Part II in the future.

Whether it will continue past the events of both games is currently unknown, but speaking to GameSpot, Troy Baker, Joel’s voice actor, claimed that the show could have “three to four” seasons to match the pace of the game.

We can only hope that HBO doesn’t rush through it… *cough* like the final season of Game of Thrones *cough*