The Last of Us star on show's supportive "gay army"

The Last of Us star Bella Ramsey has paid tribute to the "gay army" on social media defending HBO's post-apocalyptic hit.

Co-starring the wonderful Pedro Pascal (The Mandalorian) as hardened survivor Joel, Ramsey's teenage tearaway Ellie was recently revealed as a member of the LGBTQ+ community after kissing her dear friend Riley, while the famous third episode of the series also zeroed in on the touching relationship between Bill and Frank.

"I had an oath with [show creator] Craig Mazin that I wasn't going to look at comments, and I feel like I've slightly dramatically blown open that oath the last couple of weeks," Ramsey admitted to ComicBook before addressing some of the homophobia doing the rounds.

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"I'm very aware that there's a gay army who are on Twitter who are just supporting me and Ellie, and it's like they're so much louder than any people who still hate it, or hate the show, the homophobic trolls, whatever.

"And it's just like that feels nice to just have that army behind me. That's been a reaction that I've really enjoyed," Ramsey added.

ellie, played by bella ramsey, and riley, played by storm reid, in a scene from the last of us season 1 episode 7
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Meanwhile, last month, The Last of Us editor Timothy Good exclusively told Digital Spy how the significance of Ellie and Riley's big moment was down to his assistant Emily Mendez's vision.

"My favourite moment that Emily did was that she held on Ellie after she kisses Riley, and then you don't get to see Riley at all," he said.

"Then it's that nervous anticipation of: 'Did I just f**k this whole thing up? Did I just completely destroy the one good thing in my life by doing this?'

"Emily holds on her as opposed to cutting to Riley and then cutting back to her. She held on her the whole entire time, which is sort of forcing the audience to endure that moment with her which connects the audience with Ellie's experience that moment."

The Last of Us airs on HBO in the US, and on Sky Atlantic and streaming service NOW in the UK.

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