‘The Last of Us’ Fans React to the Brilliant Third Episode, “Long Long Time”
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The Last of Us fans praised third episode “Long Long Time,” a look into the love story of survivalists Bill and Frank.
Fans are emotionally recovering from the latest episode of The Last of Us. Airing on Sunday night (January 29), the third episode, “Long Long Time,” centered the apocalyptic love story between characters Bill (Nick Offerman) and Frank (Murrary Bartlett)
Prior to the episode’s release, show co-writer, Neil Druckmann – also the video game’s co-writer – shared that it would deviate from the show’s main storyline. “As awesome as that episode is, there are going to be fans who are upset by it,” Druckmann said in an interview with The New Yorker. “To me, the story we tell is authentic to the world. It’s authentic to the themes that we’re talking about.” In other words: there’s fidelity even in deviation.
“Long Long Time” was a masterclass in LGBTQ representation to some critics, as Frank is mainly seen dead in the 2013 TLOU video game, while others considered the episode to be insincere. Critic Riley MacLeod of the Washington Post wrote that Bill and Frank “fall into well-worn gay death tropes” while Jade King of The Gamer told CNN that “Long Long Time” was an improvement from the video game treating the duo’s relationship as an “afterthought.”
Long, long time. pic.twitter.com/h1e92sLsBp
— The Last of Us (@TheLastofUsHBO) January 30, 2023
“Bill is left alone to deal with his failure of keeping Frank alive in the game, but here they die in each other’s arms, content that they have lived a full, loving life and can go out on their own terms,” King said. “You can almost view it as a reclamation of agency from queer characters who have so often been done wrong.”
The conclusion of “Long Long Time” made for an impactful end as Joel (Pedro Pascal) and Ellie (Bella Ramsey) discovers Bill and Frank’s bodies at the end before continuing on with their journey.
Read more reactions below.
the last of us really said hey what if we write a queer love story where the conflict doesn’t revolve around violent homophobia, but instead explores the crushing prospect of growing old without your partner. what then huh
— morgan sung (@morgan_sung) January 30, 2023
Still reflecting on @TheLastofUsHBO. ep 3. This episode has burrowed into my heart because it was a reminder that we LGBTQ+ people are survivors. Faced with a plague… our community being decimated, with no resources or support, we survive. A beautiful reminder. #TheLastOfUs pic.twitter.com/lStVn4R9yR
— Steven Canals (@StevenCanals) January 30, 2023
Hi @FTC — did you catch last night’s episode of The Last of Us? It was incredible.
No wonder the show is breaking records. It’s a true blockbuster, watched by tens of millions.
If you haven’t already, you should check it out. You may be particularly interested in the fact that pic.twitter.com/MhcT0DmOsM
— Lulu Cheng Meservey (@lulumeservey) January 30, 2023
i think maybe the wildest take i’ve seen about last night’s ep of The Last of Us is that it “disrespected” the character of Bill when it actually took a relatively one dimensional character and gave him purpose and a beautiful, fulfilled life. not enough explosions tho, i guess!
— Zachary Ryan (@ZachariusD) January 30, 2023
People really are complaining about there being little to no “violence” in episode 3 and here I’m still emotionally recovering from last night’s episode 😭😭#TheLastOfUs pic.twitter.com/0t5W8xhfQo
— DomTheBomb (@DomTheBombYT) January 30, 2023
Idk what game you’ve been playing but to me the last of us has always been about choosing love & family when the world has so little of it.
— haaniyah angus (@_haaniyah_) January 30, 2023
the last of us writers were like “hey joel needs a car. what if we write the most touching and heartbreaking hour of television in the world”
— zach silberberg (@zachsilberberg) January 30, 2023
Homophobic game bros trying to say it was only implied that Bill was gay in #TheLastOfUs when Ellie literally finds a gay porn magazine in his truck. pic.twitter.com/jXinjx22yQ
— Lee (@JustifyMyLee) January 30, 2023
this scene is so much more meaningful because gay marriage wasn’t legal back then im actually devastated #TheLastOfUs pic.twitter.com/Yn9wDhjlia
— Paul Mescal oscar campaign manager (@wandapilled) January 30, 2023
The Last of Us portrayed the greatest dystopian love story of our generation while also giving us the funniest dystopian exchange in human history#TheLastOfUs #TheLastOfUsHBO pic.twitter.com/SIpQyYrWd8
— Brian Anthony MS, PA-C (@brod0815) January 30, 2023