Tess’ Backstory Was Originally Going To Be Revealed In The Last Of Us By HBO – The Last of Us on HBO has now aired two episodes, and it appears like the programme will continue to faithfully adapt the game. Although Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey gave outstanding performances, the supporting cast also did an outstanding job. Tess, played by Anna Torv, is one of several memorable individuals that Joel and Ellie meet in TLOU, but she has so far received the most attention.
She performs the dual roles of Joel’s crime-fighting colleague and a fictitious love interest in the show. We don’t get any further information about her in the game, so that’s all we know about her. However, it appears that Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann initially intended to include more information about Tess and her past (thanks Eurogamer).
The showrunners admitted on The Last of Us Podcast that they had originally planned for Tess to have a son and a spouse who were both tragically infected by the virus. Tess had no choice but to murder her husband, but she was unable to do the same for her son. She then imprisoned him in the basement, where he is reportedly still diseased.
The camera pushed on this door during a cold open, and you could only hear hammering coming from this basement before we cut out, according to Mazin. Later in the episode, Tess would tell Joel and Ellie the tale.
But for whatever reason, Mazin and Druckmann decided against including these scenes in the programme. Even so, Torv’s outstanding performance ensures that Tess’ character growth in these two episodes is unaffected.
Mazin recently brought up the fact that neither Bella Ramsey nor Pedro Pascal had finished The Last of Us. “Many individuals became concerned. Knowing what we had and seeing people question it was upsetting, he added. “It’s what we do. Putting all of Ellie and Joel on the page is Neil’s and my responsibility. Joel and Ellie are people we are intimately familiar with. We are familiar with them from top to bottom, not just as Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson created them in such a lovely way, but also as Neil conceptualised them. And as we were making these new ones together.”