HBO Max series The Last of Us shows gay storyline: tons of criticism

The third episode of HBO Max’s blockbuster series The Last of Us is receiving a lot of unfavorable feedback on the review website The reason for this is that the characters Bill and Frank are in a love relationship, which does not appeal to many homophobic viewers.

The Last of Us is a smash hit on the HBO Max streaming service. Based on the 2013 video game of the same name, the series follows a group of survivors in a world devastated by a global pandemic.


The first two episodes were a huge success. The major characters were introduced: Joel is played by Pedro Pascal (known from The Mandalorian), while Ellie is played by Bella Ramsey (Game of Thrones).

Bill (Nick Offerman) and Frank (Murray Bartlett) have a minor role in the series, however the third episode, Long Long Time, revealed that the two have a love affair.


Many homophobic viewers will be turned off by the latter. They inundated with scathing ratings, giving the episode a 4.2. (on a scale of 1 – 10). In comparison, the first two episodes received ratings of 8.8 and 8.9, respectively.

Angry viewers believe the series deviates too far from the game, while others are outright homophobic. “Enough with the LGBTQ agenda; put an end to it.” “Awful rainbow washing.” Others address those viewers again and implore them to halt their ‘homophobic outburst’.


Neil Druckmann, the series’ co-creator, mentions homophobia and believes it’s unfortunate that people react in this way. He points out that the game does allude to a probable relationship between Bill and Frank, but it is never directly demonstrated.

In fact, the third episode of The Last of Us has a higher IMDB rating: 7.9. (although it must be said that the first two episodes received a 9.2). Rotten Tomatoes gives the series a 96% rating.

Watch the Long Long Time episode preview here. Get to know the actors who play Bill and Frank as well.