The Last of Us' Youngest Star Just Made Emmy History

Newcomer Keivonn Montreal Woodard has made a significant impact in the entertainment industry with his portrayal of Sam in Season 1 of The Last of Us. Woodard's exceptional acting skills have earned him a historic achievement, as he became one of the youngest-ever nominees in Emmy history.

At the age of just 10, Woodard secured a nomination in the prestigious category of Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series. In his acting debut, he brilliantly brought to life the character of Sam Burrell, a deaf child who encounters Joel and Ellie during their perilous journey through a post-apocalyptic America. This remarkable accomplishment places Woodard as the second-youngest Emmy nominee ever, closely following Keshia Knight Pulliam from The Cosby Show.

Notably, Woodard's on-screen brother, Lamar Johnson, who portrayed Henry Burrell, also received an Emmy nomination in the same category, alongside esteemed guest-stars Nick Offerman and Murray Bartlett.

In the gripping fifth episode of The Last of Us Season 1, Joel and Ellie formed an alliance with the siblings Henry and Sam, as they embarked on an escape from dangerous bandits in Kansas City. However, as in the original video game, tragedy ultimately befell the characters. Sam became infected and attempted to attack Ellie, leading Henry to make the heartbreaking decision to protect her by shooting his own brother. Consumed by guilt and grief, Henry tragically took his own life.

The success of HBO's The Last of Us adaptation has been widely acclaimed, as evidenced by its impressive 24 Emmy nominations. The series has not only dominated the Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series category but has also garnered recognition for Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Writing attributed to co-creator Craig Mazin, Outstanding Best Actor performance by Pedro Pascal, and Outstanding Best Actress performance by Bella Ramsey. These nominations mark a significant milestone for a video game adaptation and showcase the exceptional talent and dedication of the entire cast and crew involved.

What to Expect in The Last of Us Season 2

Following a highly successful series debut, HBO wasted no time in renewing The Last of Us for a highly anticipated Season 2. The decision to renew the show was made after just two episodes, a testament to the overwhelmingly positive response from viewers. Season 2 will see the return of Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey, reprising their roles as Joel and Ellie, respectively.

In the Season 1 finale, Joel managed to rescue Ellie from the clutches of the Fireflies, who intended to use her immunity to the Cordyceps disease for their experiments. Unaware of their plans, Ellie was saved by Joel, and the two set off on a journey to start a new life in Tommy's community in Jackson, Wyoming, leaving fans eager to see what lies ahead for the beloved duo.

The upcoming Season 2 will draw inspiration from Naughty Dog's critically acclaimed 2020 video game sequel, The Last of Us Part II. With a significant time jump from the events of the Season 1 finale, viewers will witness a matured Ellie, who embarks on a dark and violent path fueled by a thirst for revenge. This transformation won't come as a surprise to fans, as they caught a glimpse of Ellie's darker side during her intense confrontation with the cannibal David.

While production on the highly anticipated season was initially slated to commence in late 2023, it has faced delays due to the ongoing Writers Guild of America (WGA) strike. As a result, pre-production has been pushed back, causing HBO boss Francesca Orsi to suggest a longer release window for The Last of Us Season 2. Nevertheless, fans remain eager to experience the continuation of this gripping and emotional story.

Via EW

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