Con The Last of Us HBO just seems to have scored yet another winning shotproposing a series that seems destined to enter the ranking of the best products on the platform.
If the first two episodes of the new show had already managed to captivate the public, the third episode entitled Long, Long Timealready available on HBO and whose debut on Sky is scheduled for February 6, has been able to convert even the most reluctant.
Craig Mazin, former producer of the Chernobyl miniseries, and Neil Druckmann, creator of the video game of the same name from which the series is inspired, have staged a noteworthy work, a accurate and excellent transposition of the video game that captivated the world. And to do this, they left nothing to chance, taking care of every detail, especially from the cast.
Craig Mazin himself was keen to tell us some background on joining the cast of Nick Offerman’s The Last of Us, explaining why he wanted the actor in the role of Bill.
Warning: by continuing to read you will find spoilers on 1×03 of The Last of Us
During the third episode of the series, viewers were able to learn more about the story of two characters already known to fans of the game: Frank and Bill, partners of Tess and Joel. The episode gives us some background on the history of the two characters, not present in the video game, showing the blossom of love of Bill and Frank e changing the ending of their story.
While, in fact, in the video game Bill meets Joel and Ellie, helping them in their mission and learning through them the news of their partner’s death, in the series the two men are shown through flashbacks, which reveal their decision to die together following Frank’s request to be helped to end his life, to stop the suffering caused by the terminal illness that afflicts him.
A touching addition, welcomed with enthusiasm by the public, who appreciated the decision to give a touch of depth to the two characters and who gave a moment of respite from the battle that had affected the entire series up to that moment.
The scene certainly contributed to making the scene particularly intense wonderful interpretation of the two interpreters, Nick Offerman and Murray Bartlett. But he is above all the first to have impressed us, also and above all because through the series he has been able to show us a new face of his acting ability.
Offerman is chosen here for a very particular role, and in those roles he proves that he knows how to move perfectly. The long experience in the comic field seems to have enhanced his intense interpretation, as specified by Craig Mazin himself. In a conversation with Troy Baker for the official podcast of the series, the man explained the choice of Offerman in the role of the grumpy and grumpy Bill.
Vince Gilligan (Better Call Saul showrunner) once said that he loves to hire comedians for non-comedy roles, because they have an innate humanity that’s there underneath the drama, and they understand the absurdity of the world because that’s what it’s about. founded the comedy. And I think Nick is a great example of what Vince is all about. There is humanity in Bill, underneath this gruff, angry, withdrawn man.
A choice that seems to have worked perfectly, given that the third episode of the series is considered one of the best episodes of TV ever. A goal that, by proceeding in this way, the series will probably be able to replicate in the next chapters of its story.
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