The Last of Us Part 2 is nearing release after a long wait, and the game's co-writer Neil Druckmann has teased character details fan will find interesting. Shortly after the HBO adaptation of The Last of Us was revealed by the premium channel and Naughty Dog, Druckmann took to Twitter to follow up on HBO's International Women's Day tweet which celebrated its woman characters.
Druckmann added that the network has several more women to celebrate now that The Last of Us is coming to HBO, but he conspicuously left one name redacted among a host of more familiar characters.
"Our stories are better #BecauseOfHer. #InternationalWomensDay," said HBO, which Druckmann quote-tweeted and said "And now you have Ellie, Riley, Tess, Marlene, Maria, ____ , and a few others!"
While all of those names come from the original game from 2012, the redaction may mean the HBO series is changing the story in some ways, or perhaps that it's going to continue to adapt the series to include story beats from The Last of Us Part 2. It's interesting to note that if the series is adapting the sequel as well, Druckmann curiously decided not to use any names of already revealed women characters, like Dina - a four-letter name, by the way, which would fit Druckmann's redaction if his missing letters were accurately omitted. Some have speculated that Ellie's birth mother may appear in the sequel too. If true, maybe she will also be in the adaptation for HBO.
The HBO series is a ways off, but we have fewer than two months to wait until The Last of Us Part 2 hits PS4. Releasing in the months before the next PlayStation console arrives must feel like deja vu for Naughty Dog and its fans, but also just like last time, the expectations are sky-high.
The Last of Us Part 2 arrives on May 29, 2020.