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The Last of Us: we never knew Tess’s past in the games, but the HBO series was going to tell her terrible story

The Last of Us series on HBO Max continues to go from strength to strength after the broadcast of its second episode. We barely have two chapters and there are already many details that surprise us about the adaptation of the work of Naughty Dog with respect to production headed by craig mazin.

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Warning spoilers: from this point on, the plot of the series and the game will be discussed openly.

In the last stretch we can see the inevitable, such as Tess’s death. The character played by Anna Torv sacrifices herself to give Joel and Ellie a chance to escape after revealing that she is infected. Just like in the video games, we never learned anything about her past, which remains a mystery.

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However, Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann have revealed on the series podcast that they had written a section in the script that would address precisely that point. This was going to be the sequence that both creatives had in mind:

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And there is something that we had talked about and we wrote it, but we never shot it. And it was a bit of a backstory for Tess. And the fact that Tess had a son. She had a husband and she had a son and they were infected and she had to kill them. She killed her husband, but she couldn’t kill her son. She couldn’t do it.

She locked him in the basement, where he’s theoretically still a clicker, because we had an intro where the camera pushed into the door and you just heard this knocking coming from his basement and then we cut. Yeah, and then later Tess would tell the story of how she couldn’t kill her child and just like Craig is saying she didn’t fit in. But it was fun thinking about it. [La escena] It cuts to her going through something that she doesn’t want Joel to have to go through again. She is brave enough to dare to hope.

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So we finally know that the tough survivor would have gone through an extremely difficult situation. In fact, the decision to lock up her son to avoid killing him is very similar to what we saw at the time with Robert Kendo in Resident Evil 2. This scene was never filmed, but Tess left her son locked up as a clicker in the basement.

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Another detail that was explored in the first episode is that, indeed, Joel and Tess are a couple. In video games this point is never clarified and it seems that they are simply fellow smugglers. In any case, the ending of the character in the HBO series is also different and leaves Anna Torv’s performance in style.

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