Ellie has a love interest in the stunning “The Last of Us 2” preview

Our little Ellie is all grown up. In this long awaited sequel to the hit video game, The Last Of Us, players catch up with Ellie, five years after the events of the original. (That would make Ellie nineteen now.) The world is still brutal, but there is also light as we see from gameplay reveal trailer released yesterday at E3.

Ellie (voiced by Ashley Johnson) has grown up to be a fierce warrior just like her stand-in father, Joel. From the gameplay, it appears he’s taught her everything he knows and Ellie has developed her own style along the way as well. It’s not for the faint of heart, but the gameplay this time around is seriously impressive. Ellie slides, jumps, and sneaks her way in an out of action, and she’s not afraid to use her vast skills to do what she needs to do to survive. But that’s not why you came here, is it?

Yes, we’ve known Ellie was a baby gay since the DLC The Last of Us: Left Behind when she was in love with her best friend Riley. Now Ellie is all grown-up and the object of her affections is the bold and beautiful, Dina. When we first see older Ellie, she’s a wallflower at a dance watching Dina twirl around the floor. Ellie is approached by Jesse, one of the men in her patrol unit, and Dina’s ex-boyfriend. They talk a little shop, but when Dina swings by, it’s Ellie’s attention she wants, not Jesse’s. Dina pulls Ellie onto the dance floor for a slow dance, which turns into a kiss. Ellie so rarely smiles that it’s quite beautiful to see her find happiness in something or someone.

Now The Last of Us is not a safe place for anyone, and one can’t help but worry about the fate of Dina. Maybe the folks at Naughty Dog have the “bury your gays” trope in mind, and will actually give players something to hold on to when the game is officially released.

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