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“It’s going to divide people massively”: The Last of Us Star Bella Ramsey Warns Season Finale Might Break the Fandom Entirely After Series Deviates From Original Game

“It’s going to divide people massively”: The Last of Us Star Bella Ramsey Warns Season Finale Might Break the Fandom Entirely After Series Deviates From Original Game

The Last of Us is based on a popular video game of the same name. The story follows Joel and Ellie navigating a post-apocalyptic world ravaged by a deadly fungal infection that turns people into aggressive monsters. Along the way, they encounter dangerous factions and make allies while trying to survive, and in Ellie’s case, potentially save humanity.

The Last of Us has captured audiences’ attention, earning widespread acclaim for its faithful adaptation of the beloved video game, strong performances, and incredible storyline. However, a recent tease from one of its lead stars, Bella Ramsey, suggests that the Season 1 finale will be intense.

Brutal Penultimate Episode of The Last of Us

Bella Ramsey
Bella Ramsey

Bella Ramsey, who portrays Ellie in the series, recently spoke to Vogue UK, stating that the penultimate episode was brutally violent and “exhausting” to film.

“It was… exhausting. But those were some of my favourite days on set. That sounds really masochistic, but it’s the scenes that break me that I love the most, in a way.”

However, the actress also revealed that these were some of her favorite days on set. Ramsey claimed it would “massively” divide fans when asked about the finale.

“It’s going to divide people massively – massively.”

The video game’s ending, expected to be adapted for the TV series, sparked intense debate among fans. In the game, Joel rescues Ellie from a group of Fireflies who plan to use her immunity to the infection to create a cure. However, in doing so, Joel kills several Fireflies, including their leader, Marlene.

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Joel then lies to Ellie, telling her that the cure couldn’t be created from her immunity, and they return to their community. The game ends with Ellie accepting Joel’s lie, but there are hints that she may suspect the truth.

Bella Ramsey in The Last of Us
Bella Ramsey in The Last of Us

The ending sparked debates among fans who questioned Joel’s actions and whether his decision was morally justifiable. Some said Joel’s actions were self-centered and doomed future generations to pain and suffering; others said Joel’s love for Ellie was more important than the greater good.

There are hints that the television series may depart from the source material, even though it has thus far adhered closely to the game. Bella Ramsey’s remarks about the conclusion suggest that the television series may not deviate from the controversial conclusion of the video game. If so, this will generate even more fan debates.

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The Impact of Divisive Finales on Fans

The Last of Us
The Last of Us

Divisive finales are not new in the world of fandoms. From Lost to Game of Thrones, many popular shows have ended with polarizing conclusions that have left fans angry or confused, or disappointed. In some cases, divisive finales have led to petitions, online campaigns, and threats against the show’s creators.

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The Last of Us fandom is no stranger to debates and discussions. Fans have already been sharing their thoughts and theories about the TV series on social media, and the upcoming finale will ignite even more conversations.

Despite the risks of divisive finales, they can also testify to a show’s impact and staying power. Fans invest time, emotions, and money in their favorite shows. So it’s not a foregone conclusion that they want closure, resolution, and satisfaction when a show ends.

Source:British Vogue

Written by Mabel Andrady

Mabel, aka MJ, is a FandomWire Sr. Writer, pop-culture fanatic, and an MA in Health Demography holder. When she's not indulging in her guilty pleasure of penning everything Hollywood, Marvel & DC, she writes academic essays on COVID-19 and HIV/AIDS. With 2500+ articles published online, she brings a unique twist to entertainment writing. A jack-of-all-trades, MJ enjoys movies, writes/acts in plays, writes music, and dreams of being a successful actress. She offers a fresh perspective, making her writing a must-read for those seeking knowledge and entertainment.