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TV Show Review: The Last of Us (HBO) Episode 3 – Television at its Best

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Episode three of HBO’s The Last of Us aired last night, which saw Joel and Ellie finally relinquish the town’s tight grip on Bill and Frank. While fans of the game will know all about Bill and his trap-filled city, they haven’t seen it this way. One of the first episodes to be made almost entirely from new material, “Long, Long Time” lets the creative team tug at those heartstrings to deliver one of the best episodes of television drama in recent memory. can go

Pascal and Ramsay don’t get much to do in episode three, but we’re already starting to see little nuggets of fatherly love slip through the cracks of Joel’s tough exterior. It’s nice to see that the showrunners are still taking their time with the development of this relationship, and we’re eagerly watching every moment of screen time.

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However, “Long, Long Time” isn’t a Joel or Ellie episode, because front and center we have Bill and Frank, a doomsday prepper and survivors who fall into one of his traps. Nick Offerman and Murray Bartlett, who play Bill and Frank respectively, are on top form here, giving great performances that serve as delicious toppings to an already tasty meal.

There’s more emotional weight behind this episode than we’ve seen from the show so far — even that heartbreaking opener — and we’d be lying if we didn’t admit to shedding a few tears on a quiet Monday morning as we watched. is It’s very impressive, and the creative team should be commended for resisting the urge to recreate the greatness the games already had. Instead we have something new and equally wonderful.

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However, we were a little upset that some aspects of the game were left out. This isn’t the Bill you know from the games, and in the end Offerman plays a softer version of the character we saw in the game. Let’s do it for the tough performance we got from Earl Brown. It would have been nice to see some of the scenes play out in live-action, but in our eyes the show is about expanding on the source material, not repeating it, so the changes are still welcome. We’d love to delve deeper into how this ties into the game, but we’ll cover things in a more disjointed fashion. Push scare youtube channel.

Three episodes in, and the last of us captured the tone of the game perfectly, expanded the lore in new and meaningful ways, and then dropped one of the best episodes of television in years. To say we’ve been blown away by Bill and Frank’s story would be putting it mildly, and it shows everyone’s favorite prepper with ease that the show can stand on its own two feet. It shed light on a different side of one of the game’s most iconic characters, fleshing out the narrative threads that existed on the PlayStation, but never explored. It’s perfectly paced, devastatingly emotional, full of great performances, and is certainly an episode of TV we’re unlikely to forget for a long, long time.


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