That’s fascinating. It’s one factor if Lynskey had merely been forged as a “very special guest star” who solely popped up in a scene or two. The indisputable fact that she’s truly taking part in a named, beforehand unknown character in a brand new nook of The Last of Us universe naturally opens up totally new prospects.
While we knew that The Last of Us present would inevitably have to broaden upon the unique video games with a purpose to provide a season’s value of storytelling, most of the footage and pictures we’ve seen of the collection thus far have been pulled just about instantly from the video games. We haven’t actually seen any indication that the collection will broaden The Last of Us universe past what is critical to assist pad the present’s runtime.
Melanie Lynskey’s character adjustments all of that. We now have definitive proof that The Last of Us collection will give pretty outstanding roles to new characters, doubtlessly characteristic new areas, and (logically) characteristic new storylines that the final two issues would naturally require. Now everyone seems to be scrambling to determine who Kathleen is and what position she could play in the collection/the larger The Last of Us universe.
So far as that goes, my first thought was that Kathleen have to be on her personal journey someplace in Kansas City. That’s actually the approach her character is introduced in the official info that’s been shared about her thus far. However, that may imply that the present will finally characteristic sequences that don’t contain Joel and Ellie. Maybe the Kansas City sequences are flashbacks involving another main Last of Us character, however once more, they’d seemingly have to be introduced independently of the collection’ principal storyline. That opens up room for the collection to doubtlessly develop past Joel and Ellie and concentrate on different tales.
Then once more, it’s attainable that Kathleen is just a personality from Kansas City who encounters Joel and Ellie on their journey. That would arguably be much more fascinating. After all, Joel and Ellie’s storyline in The Last of Us can seemingly solely be altered a lot with out critically impacting the place it finally must go. As we haven’t gotten any indication that The Last of Us collection will keep away from some of these main moments from the recreation, characters like Kathleen would seemingly have to exist in moments that might match into the greater tales of the recreation. That’s not an not possible process, but it surely does increase questions on how a lot wiggle room the collection’ writers actually must work with.
I’ve additionally heard some speculate that the Kathleen story may ultimately result in no matter will occur in The Last of Us Part 3 and…properly, that’s actually a risk. I truthfully suppose that concept could also be just a little optimistic, however on condition that Druckmann has been indicating that the Kathleen character has some variety of secret he can’t but talk about, I actually perceive why some followers are optimistic that the character may reveal one thing important about future video games.