Tuesday, January 31, 2023

The groundbreaking gay love story in the HBO adaptation of The Last of Us

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:

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