Zendaya Thanks Euphoria Co-Star’s Performance In The Last Of Us

Zendaya shouts out her Euphoria co-star Storm Reid’s outstanding performance in The Last of Us episode 7. Titled “Left Behind,” the flashback episode saw Ellie’s best friend Riley (Reid) return to the Boston Quarantine Zone and take Ellie out to an abandoned mall for one last night of fun before she deploys to Atlanta. Unfortunately, their night is devastatingly cut short by an infected, leaving both girls bloodied and bit.

Zendaya took to social media, calling out Reid’s performance in The Last of Us. With a simple heart, Zendaya praises the critically-lauded work Reid put into her episode of The Last of Us. Check out what she shared below:

Why Riley Was Vital For Ellie’s Journey in The Last of Us

Based on the original The Last of Us video game’s additional story content of the same name, “Left Behind” tells the origin of Ellie’s bite mark. The revelation of her immunity is the impetus for the Firefly’s new mission and Joel’s employment as a smuggler by the revolutionary faction. More importantly, it sets up a key character motivation for Ellie through a painful loss.

Prior to the events of “Left Behind,” Ellie and Riley developed a strong friendship while at school within the Boston Quarantine Zone. However, after Riley returned following an abrupt six-week absence, Ellie expressed her romantic interest in Riley, capping the night off with a kiss. The promise of a brighter future with Riley was taken away from her with the bite of an infected. The two decide to ride out the infection together, where Riley’s fate is left ambiguous.

That fateful night proved to be a major coming-of-age moment for Ellie with her first kiss, first love, and first kill. Ellie’s trauma through loss fueled her desire to use her blood to find a cure for the Cordyceps fungal infection plaguing the world. Ellie’s drive was clearly evident in The Last of Us as she fought alongside Joel throughout their perilous journey to keep going in hopes that no one else will ever have to suffer the same fate as Riley.

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