The power of love in HBO’s The Last of Us Adaptation: An Intriguing Summary
Love is a powerful emotion, and it’s one that is explored in depth in HBO’s The Last of Us adaptation. Episode three of the series, which has been hailed as one of the best hours of television, was almost twice as long. In an interview with Deadline, series co-creator Craig Mazin revealed that the original cut of the episode was “almost two hours or something like that”.
The episode tells the love story of Bill and Frank, two characters who are not well developed in the game. Bill is a gruff survivalist, while Frank is a warm and hopeful soul. Even when the world around him is crumbling, he manages to find joy.
Mazin was surprised to find himself crying when he watched the two-hour version of the episode. He said, “I cried so hard that at one point, I actually said out loud, ‘Ow’. I mean, it hurt. I cried so hard it hurt.”
The internet is now awash with strawberry gifs and emojis, as the episode has resonated with viewers. But what was left on the editing floor? There were likely to have been more scenes with Joel and Tess in Lincoln, as well as more of Bill and Frank’s bad days. Additionally, we might have seen more of what happened before Bill and Frank’s first kiss.
Director Peter Hoar has said a Bill spin-off could be an interesting idea to pursue, and he would love to see more of Joel in the middle of the apocalypse.
The Last of Us adaptation has been lauded for its exploration of love, but there is still more to explore. We can only dream of what could have been in the two-hour version of the episode. For more on The Last of Us, you can read all about my thoughts on episodes one, two and three by following the links.