This change could have given the character more background.
The Last of Us is, without a doubt, one of the most important franchises in this industry. Naughty Dog managed to surprise us all, in the last moments of PlayStation 3, with a work that moved us, but also managed to terrify us and even raise an eyebrow or two. His strongest point was, without a doubt, the story he told us, which is why the decision was made to adapt it into a television series.
HBO Max picked up the project, and handed it over to those responsible for the Chernobyl series, a high-level production on this platform. Likewise, a casting was done that surprised many, but which has proven to be perfect when the first chapters of it have been released.
Now, we have learned that, at the time, a very important change was planned in the history of Tess in the series, played by Anna Torv. For it, there will be spoilers for the first two chapters of this one, so if you haven’t seen themand you haven’t played the video game either, you should stop reading right now.
A change that would have been substantial
As we’ve all seen, the series stays very true to the game regarding Tess’s fate. She is bitten, and she decides to sacrifice herself at the capitol so that Joel and Ellie can escape and get to Bill’s house. In this sense, we can say that the adaptation to the small screen was totally faithful to the gamealthough at first it was not going to be so.
Curiously, we know very little about Tess’s character, and it is that her early death does not allow us to know much about her background, something that seems to have changed in the series, but it never happened. Specifically, and according to Neil Druckman himself in episode 2 of the official podcast of the series, they thought that Tess will explain how at the time she had a husband and a son, although they ended up infected. According to her account, in this story, she was able to kill her husband, but she was never able to do it with her son, which is why she had to lock him in a basement, where she, according to her account, this would still be there, turned into a clicker.