Tһe Lаst of Us Stаr Melаnie Lynskey Bluntly Responds to Critiсism of Her Cһаrасter

The Last of Us star Melanie Lynskey responds to fans of the video game who have issues with her original character Kathleen.

Melanie Lynskey as Kathleen in HBO's The Last of Us

After impressing critics as the chilling Kathleen in HBO’s The Last of Us, actor Melanie Lynskey is well aware that some fans took issue with her character.

Speaking to The Wrap, Lynskey shared some of the comments she’s received from viewers of the show, noting that most of the complaints are ridiculous and inaccurate. “Some dude wrote me a message and he was like, ‘Sorry, but getting the facts right is important and you just don’t look anything like the character in the game.’ I wanted to be like, ‘Sorry, getting the facts right is important? That character wasn’t in the f–king game,'” she quipped. When asked how she deals with the toxicity, Lynskey explained that she does her best to be the bigger person. “I just try to have compassion,” she said. “Sometimes I go to their pages and I look at them and I’m like, ‘You know what? This person is struggling. Life is really hard. Here he is with his kids. OK, this is humanizing this person who feels the need to tell me every day that he doesn’t like me.'”

This isn’t the first time Lynskey has pushed back against some of the trolls who have criticized her role in The Last of Us. Shortly after she made her debut in the series, some “fans” complained that her body type didn’t fit in with a post-apocalypse setting. “I’m playing a person who meticulously planned & executed an overthrow of FEDRA,” the actor said. “I am supposed to be SMART, ma’am. I don’t need to be muscly. That’s what henchmen are for.”

Who Is Kathleen?

Introduced as the leader of a gang of militarized populists who mounted a revolution against the Kansas City government, Kathleen was created specifically for The Last of Us show, never appearing in the video games. She made it her mission to track down Henry Burrell, a member of her group whom she has deemed a traitor and also believes to be responsible for killing her brother. Lynskey’s character garnered plenty of praise from fans and critics, many of whom spotlighted her chillingly brutal efficiency.

The Last of Us follows Joel, a smuggler tasked with escorting Ellie, a young girl, across the United States that has fallen to what effectively equates to a zombie apocalypse. HBO’s adaptation earned overwhelmingly positive reviews from all sides, prompting the network to greenlight Season 2 before the first installment had even concluded.

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