Based on the landmark 2013 video game The Last of Us, the new adaptation for HBO is set twenty years after a parasitic outbreak has infected the human race and turned most of the world’s population into zombie-like monsters.
In the 3rd episode, we can explore the story of Bill (Nick Offerman) and his partner Frank (Murray Bartlett). Bill and Frank’s love story is a statement of free will in the face of a world which seeks to suppress individuality, whether by the forces of a military.
Bill fights to protect his lover from the threats of the outside world, but he can fight against their destiny in a collapsed world. It can be a tragic or a brave love story, depends on each person's point of view.
In any case, Bill and Frank’s love story shows that a television adaptation, when done well, can add nuance in a way that fundamentally enriches the original narrative.
Watch the trailer below: