Love at the End of the World

Who’s Bella Ramsey’s love interest in ‘The Last of Us’ season two?

The Last of Us is about to get gayer next season.

TLOU has gone from popular video game franchise into a TV sensation. The post-apocalyptic thriller, starring the “Internet’s daddy” Pedro Pascal and nonbinary icon Bella Ramsey, has captured the hearts of critics and fans alike.

From zombie-filled action, heartfelt scenes, and stellar character development what isn’t there to like? Not to mention, Ramsey is the queer hero we need and their character Ellie is about to get a better half.

On Thursday, it Max and Naughty Dog announced that actress Isabela Merced would be joining TLOU season two as the character Dina. Described as “a free-wheeling spirit whose devotion to Ellie will be tested by the brutality of the world they inhabit,” Dina will be Ellie’s love interest.

Who says you can’t find love at the end of the world?

“Dina is warm, brilliant, wild, funny, moral, dangerous and instantly lovable,” series co-creators Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann said. “You can search forever for an actor who effortlessly embodies all of those things, or you can find Isabela Merced right away. We couldn’t be prouder to have her join our family.”

Screenshot of Ellie and Dina from ‘The Last of Us Part IIvideo game

Merced is best known for her breakout role as the titular character in Dora and the Lost City of Gold, but she’s also been featured in Transformers: The Last Knight and Sicario: Day of the Soldado. And aside from TLOU, we’ll see her in Superman: Legacy as Hawkgirl and Anya Corazon in Madame Web.

So it’s safe to say she knows how to act in a franchise or two.

Merced’s addition comes after Kaitlyn Dever and Young Mazino were announced as newcomers, with Dever’s character, Abby, creating plenty of online fervor.

TLOU follows Joel (Pascal) and Ellie (Ramsey) as they traverse across a United States together after a zombie-like pandemic collapses society in on itself. Aside from rave reviews and new fanbase, the show garnered several awards nominations, including wins for Nick Offerman and Storm Reid, both of whom played queer characters in the series.

And season two of TLOU is going to get gayer. The Last of Us Part II video game featured LGBTQ+ characters, such as Ellie, Lev, and Dina. So all that’s left is to cast Lev for season two, and any other queer character they want to add because we won’t complain.

Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait and see all of the gayness unfold as production on season two starts this February, but won’t premiere until 2025.

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