Speaking with The A.V. Club, “The Last of Us” star and “Game of Thrones” alum Bella Ramsey spoke highly of her time working on the HBO apocalypse show alongside Storm Reid. Ramsey explained that the upcoming episode featuring Reid is a flashback for her character as she remembers her friendship with Riley. “It’s a backstory episode for Ellie,” Ramsey said, “so it’s just the two of us and you see their relationship and how they relate to each other. You see them being best friends and more.” In the original “The Last of Us” video game, Riley (voiced by Yaani King) is extremely dear to Ellie before the events of the main narrative. It’s likely that the episodes featuring Reid as Riley will cover pivotal moments between the two in flashback.
But beyond the character chemistry, Ramsey says she’s impressed by Reid and what she’s accomplished as a young person in Hollywood. “Working with Storm was awesome,” Ramsey enthused. “She’s incredibly busy. Like, she’s doing a full-on university degree at the same time. I’m really inspired by her and how well she manages her hectic life. She manages it with such grace.”
Reid does indeed juggle a great deal, attending the University of Southern California while establishing a Hollywood career (via Teen Vogue). “The Last of Us” fans no doubt have a treat in store. Ramsey concluded, “I’m excited for people to see that episode. I hope they love it.”