Not the Last of Them

‘The Last of Us’ might get a gay spinoff

Max’s latest post-apocalyptic thriller The Last of Us might tell a new story with a familiar gay couple in a prequel series.

Fresh off his Emmy win for The Last of Us, Nick Offerman answered press’ questions and in particular will get TLOU fans going. Chatting with Deadline, Offerman revealed that a prequel series between his TLOU character Bill and Frank, played by Murray Bartlett, had been pitched.

“I would have to ask somebody with a higher pay grade than myself,” Offerman said. “It certainly has been pitched. I think we pitched a whole mini-series of a prequel of their lives before they met each other. It could be a musical. We’re not short on ideas. We’ll just we’ll see what Craig [Mazin] and Neil [Druckmann] come up with.”

A post-apocalyptic musical about two gay men at the end of the world? The world may not be ready, but a prequel series centered around Bill and Frank will definitely catch TLOU fans’ attention.

TLOU premiered on January 15, 2023 with plenty of buzz for the TV adaptation of the immensely successful video game. The series follows Joel (Pedro Pascal) and Ellie (Bella Ramsey) as they traverse across a United States together after a zombie-like pandemic collapses society in on itself.

Season 1’s third episode “Long, Long Time” introduced audiences to Bill and Frank, how they met each other, and the love story between two. Critics and fans alike raved about the episode, with Offerman and Bartlett nominated for Emmy Awards for their guest-starring roles.

Besides Bill and Frank’s romance, TLOU also had a budding queer romance between Ramsey’s Ellie and Storm Reid’s Riley, who also won an Emmy Award for her role on the show. Still, season two of TLOU might be its queerest season yet.

The Last of Us Part II video game featured LGBTQ+ characters, such as Ellie, Lev, and Dina. So the introduction of Lev and Dina could take place in season of the series.

Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait and see as production on season two starts this February, but won’t premiere until 2025.

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