Storm Reid Wiki, Biography
The first episode of the highly anticipated video game adaptation, The Last of Us, premiered its debut episode on January 15, 2023. The brilliant HBO premiere almost had too much to excite fans in both the gaming and OTT worlds. The story of the series was always intriguing, following the story of a smuggler and his mission to escort a girl across the United States in a post-apocalyptic future.
The first episode of HBO’s The Last of Us featured a lot of big stuff, including key characters and the main crisis. Bella Ramsay’s Ellie remains the central figure in the plot and the ongoing pandemic. However, there is also a mention of another character that could raise some doubts in the minds of viewers. Marlene, the leader of the Fireflies, played by Merle Dandridge, once mentioned Riley’s name to Ellie, visibly shaking the latter.
Not many may know about this particular character. Read on to find out more about Riley and the role she had in Ellie’s past.
The Last of Us: Who is Riley and how is he related to Ellie?
Riley’s name appears in the first episode of The Last of Us after Ellie accuses the Fireflies of being terrorists, to which Marlene replies, “Was Riley a terrorist?” much to Ellie’s surprise. The only clear thing from this conversation is that Riley was probably part of the organization and somehow close to Ellie.
To understand the matter in more depth, we have to go back to the game. Riley is a character from the DLC content of the original The Last of Us game. The DLC, which was quite celebrated among video game fans, was titled Left Behind.
In the video game, Riley is shown visiting Ellie when the latter was still in a PHAEDRA military school. Riley convinced Ellie to visit an abandoned mall with her and their bond is depicted through a kiss between the two.
Unfortunately, both of them were bitten at the mall. They decided to spend their last hours together, but nothing happened to Ellie, which started the whole story that would follow. The event was shown in the trailer for The Last of Us, with Storm Reid taking over the role of the iconic Riley.
Riley was also apparently part of the Fireflies, which could be why Marlene knew about her and Ellie’s backstory. Regardless, Riley is a huge building block in Ellie’s story, which will serve as the central theme of the entire series.
One of the most intriguing things this little tease about Riley in the first episode did was indicate how the series intends to cover the story in greater style without the limitations of a video game. More frequent non-linear storytelling and the use of foreshadowing will further elevate the game’s story in the HBO series.
The first episode of The Last of Us is currently streaming on HBO Max.