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The Importance of Art and Community in The Last of Us: Why Bella Ramsey’s Movie Night Scene is a Powerful Symbol of Hope in a Post-Apocalyptic World

Bella Ramsey the last of us episode 6 of HBO
Bella Ramsey the last of us episode 6 (courtesy HBO)
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“The Last of Us” is a post-apocalyptic story about a fungal infection that destroys all hope for a normal life. The show’s creators chose to feature an obscure romantic comedy called “The Goodbye Girl” during a movie night scene for episode 6. This decision was significant because it symbolized how civilization and community can survive in the face of destruction.

Co-creator Craig Mazin explained the significance of the movie night scene in a recent episode of the official “The Last of Us” podcast, stating that the choice of “The Goodbye Girl” was intentional because the film is not only about a man and a woman falling in love but also about the woman’s daughter growing to approve of her future step-father. Mazin also highlighted the importance of movies as an additional signifier of how civilized the town of Jackson was, stating that “up until this point, the world revolves around ammunition, guns. I liked the idea that one of the signifiers that this town is functioning is that it is still interested in art, and the community gathering together to watch a movie.”

Ramsey has been praised for their role in the show, with many fans and critics highlighting their exceptional acting skills. At only 19 years old, Ramsey has proven themselves to be a talented and versatile actor who is able to convey complex emotions with subtlety and nuance.

While “The Last of Us” is a gut-wrenching series that explores the darkest aspects of humanity, it also provides small moments of hope and victory that make it worth watching. The scene in which “The Goodbye Girl” is featured is one such moment. It shows that even in a world that has been destroyed by a fungal infection, people can find joy in the arts and in coming together to form a sense of community.

For those who have yet to watch the show, “The Last of Us” airs on Sundays at 9/8c on HBO and HBO Max. Despite the bleakness of its subject matter, the show provides moments of hope and victory that make it a must-watch for fans of the post-apocalyptic genre. With outstanding performances, breathtaking visuals, and a gripping story, “The Last of Us” is a show that will leave viewers on the edge of their seats. Don’t miss out on this unforgettable series that has captured the hearts and minds of audiences around the world.

Trevor Decker




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