Actress From ‘The Last of Us’ Bella Ramsey Remarks That Viewers Who Are Angry Over The LGBTQ Characters Are Going To Have To Get Used To It

The “Last of Us” star Bella Ramsey reacted very casually to criticism over LGBTQ+ characters in the show. This comes after episode three was review-bombed. Why was it done, you ask? Well, because it highlighted a gay relationship. Ramsey said those viewers are “missing out.” Apparently, with each episode of “The Last of Us” comes more plaudits online since audiences go through the horror and heartbreak along with Joel (Pedro Pascal) and Ellie (Bella Ramsey).

However, after episode three, the show was smothered with a number of negative reviews and reactions because it put the spotlight on the touching relationship between Bill (Nick Offerman) and Frank (Murray Bartlett) . It’s worth noting over here that their romantic connection was alluded to in the original PlayStation game, but was further expanded for the HBO series as well. And quite honestly, LGBTQ+ characters are a key part of the franchise, as those who’ve played “The Last of Us Part II” will already know. With that being said, leading star Bella Ramsey recently explained to GQ that viewers angry over LGBTQ+ representation will just “have to get used to it because this will not stop anytime soon. And should not, either.

She went on to say that she knows people will think what they want to think anyway but they are going to have to get used to this. She says “If you don’t want to watch the show because it has gay storylines, because it has a trans character, that’s on you, and you’re missing out.” The “Game of Thrones” alum explained that the backlash doesn’t worry her, as she added: “I’m not particularly anxious about it. It isn’t gonna make me afraid. I think that comes from a place of defiance.” In the same interview, Ramsey clarified her own identity as nonbinary but also said she has no issue with using she/her pronouns. The actor talked about how she wore a chest binder for most of the show’s production which is quite thrilling if you think about it.

The English star, born in Britain, also touched on what she’s excited about for season two, noting Ellie’s relationship with fellow survivor, Dina, in “Part II.” She said: “There are a few bits with Ellie on her own, probably, but I like the fact that she also has [Dina] now.” Ramsey went on to say that although she’s nervous about returning for season two, she’s also “so excited.”  She went on to say that: “I mean, season one really was the best year of my life,” she said. “As the episodes come out, [they] bring back such good memories. I am nervous, of course. [But] I’m so excited to get the chance to do that again.”