The Last of Us on HBO continues to reach greater heights with each episode
The Last of Us video game, like many others, requires you to slay countless anonymous foes as you progress. During the Pittsburgh-based sections from Episode 4 of The Last Of Us Part I, Joel and Ellie plough through throngs of generic bandits in their desperate attempt to escape the city.
To keep the player enticed with exciting gameplay, it only stands to reason that these enemies are ‘disposable’. The Last of Us is a third-person action game and so naturally you’d expect having to face off against groups of nameless adversaries, disposing of them with an array of tools, and then continuing without batting an eyelash. Yet this approach wouldn’t work in a television show — which is where Kathleen comes in.
Kathleen Could be The Last of Us’ Finest Inclusion
The Last of Us: Part II introduces viewers to a brand new character, Kathleen (portrayed by the exquisite Melanie Lynskey), who leads the group of hunters that ambush Joel and Ellie in Pittsburgh. Craig Mazin designed this remarkable character specifically for the showrunner’s own universe.
As depicted in the video game, the hunters are portrayed as faceless, emotionless characters that only exist to provide an adversary for our heroes. However, by introducing Kathleen into their ranks and adding depth to this group of survivors, we gain a better understanding of why they are so determined on pursuing our protagonists.
Kathleen adds a tremendous amount of depth to The Last of Us canon by making the hunters a far more threatening presence and providing us an insight into how humanity has changed since the cordyceps outbreak. She brings much-needed continuity with her dynamic character and gives Joel and Ellie something to fear down the line. Her addition is welcomed wholeheartedly by fans everywhere.