Following the shocking ending of the second episode of The Last of Us, it looks like we’ve finally completed the tutorial section of the new HBO series video game adaptation. We know what all the buttons do and how Infected works, so now you can explore the world map. Which is good, because our hero Joel (Pedro Pascal) must help Ellie (Bella Ramsey) reach the Firefly oasis she believes is somewhere as she tries to find a cure.
The duo are currently 10 miles west of Boston (information they received from a very useful location stamp at the start of the third episode), and tensions rise after losing Tess to the Infected. Ellie told Joel, “I was thinking about what happened and no one made you go through with this plan.” “I needed something like a truck battery and I made a choice,” she says. So don’t blame me for things that weren’t my fault.” So Joel, remember when you thought this was all a side quest for the car battery you need to find your brother? Well, now welcome to the main game.
In an abandoned convenience store, Ellie finds the infected still alive but under heavy concrete. He makes some weird velociraptor-like noises from out of this world infected humans, and the show’s make-up and prosthetics team do some really impressive work. Mario’s Toad suddenly has great competition with the mushroom-headed ones.
Next, Joel and Ellie discover something even worse. It is a mass grave for those whom the military did not allow to enter the quarantine zone. This could be due to possible infection or because QZ is too full. Obviously, the soldiers will execute these people en masse, irrevocably. I was afraid that I would go back to 2003 and witness something terrible happen. Instead, they meet Nick Offerman, who plays a survivor named Bill. With everyone in town now gone, Bill pops out of a secret bunker he built under his house, which is piled high with guns, sulfuric acid barrels, and security camera feed. He loots gas stations for oil, steals massive amounts of supplies from Home Depot, and even steals a neighbor’s boat. He then sets up booby traps and watches them treat unlucky infected humans as they eat dinner. “He never gets old,” he says to himself.
We have work to do, and God help the motherfuckers who get in our way.
Bill lives infection-free in this secluded fortress city for nearly four years, until another man from Baltimore QZ named Frank (Murray Bartlett) trips over one of his traps. Frank tells him that the containment area is completely gone, and Bill tests him to see if he is infected before sending him out of the hole. Bill reluctantly lets him inside and gives him a shower, new clothes, and a home-cooked meal. Frank is in heaven. He thanks him on the piano…but he’s not very good. Before Bill reveals to Frank that he is gay, he shows him off by playing Linda Ronstadt’s “Long Long Time”. The good news: Frank says “I know” and the two break down in tears as they kiss. In an interview with TV Insider, showrunner Craig Mazin revealed that he cast Offerman because he believed that “funny people have souls” and that he believed in “a much stronger connection to what it means to be human”. Nice work, Margin. you were completely right
Frank never leaves. The two live together for three more years before they truly begin to feel the isolation of their living situation. He wants to spruce up the town and play a little bit of sims in his real life, but Bill reminds him that “we’ll never make friends because there’s no friends to make”. Cutaway: Joel and Tess are having dinner outside. Timeline wise, it’s only been about seven years since we’ve gone back to 2003, so I’m guessing this scene was somewhere in 2010. It feels like 10 years ahead of our current journey with Joel and Ellie.
Tess thanks her couple for the beautiful meal, but Bill remains impatient. Joel talks business and suggests a barter deal. They trade their guns for some strawberry seeds. Later, Frank and Bill eat the strawberries and giggle with delight. “I was never afraid before you showed up.” Bill tells Frank. My God, just the two of you stop! love?! During the apocalypse?! You’ll cry at the Mushroom Zombie Show.
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The couple grow old together in a small town until Frank falls ill. He’s planning his final days with Bill, and it’s set to the incredibly recognizable setting of Max Richter’s “On the Nature of Daylight.” This song is often used in many movies, including Arrival, Stranger Than Fiction, Shutter Island, and Jiro Dreams of Sushi. why? Because it works wonders in that fistula. Frank and Bill end their lives together and smash enough sleeping pills to go to bed one last time.
When Joel and Ellie finally arrive today (well, August 2023), they are left with a key and a handwritten note. Bill wrote, “I hated the world and was happy when everyone died, but I was wrong because there was one person worth saving.” “That’s why men like you and me are here. We have work to do, and God help the motherfuckers who get in our way.”
The weight of three major losses in his life finally weighs down on Joel, and he is out for a while. Finding Bill’s car in the garage, he prepares to leave in search of his brother Tommy once more. Tommy is a former Firefly, and since Joel mentions, chances are he knows where this doctor’s outpost is. I would like to take this time to present an option that will allow them to stay here forever and be safe. But I know it’s not in the cards for these two. As you know, the village Bill created kept the two of them safe for nearly 20 years.
Well, now it’s a trip, folks. Hopefully the infected can’t drive cars.