The Last of Us episode 3 aired on HBO and HBO Max on Sunday, selecting up with Ellie and Joel (Bella Ramsey and Pedro Pascal) as they took steps following last week’s tragic loss. Their mission: get Ellie to the insurgent group often called the Fireflies, attributable to her immunity to the fungus that’s turned much of the populace into savage cannibals.
The hope is that they’ll replicate Ellie’s resistance and restore the world. They want a automotive to proceed their journey, so they should cease on the residence of Joel’s buddy Invoice (performed by Parks and Recreation actor Nick Offerman) — a personality whose grumpiness and survivalist tendencies gamers of the incredible PlayStation game that inspired the show will keep in mind all too effectively.
That will not put together you for episode 3’s heartbreaking story. Let’s dive in.
Invoice the survivor
A flashback reveals how Invoice managed to keep away from getting dragged right into a quarantine zone by the US navy after the September 2003 outbreak. His paranoid anti-authoritary tendencies labored in his favor, and he hid as his neighbors have been caught up within the sweep (a horrible mass grave Ellie and Joel uncover in 2023 suggests they have been all killed).
“Not right this moment, you new world order jackboot fucks,” he says after the troopers fail to seek out his subbasement hidey-hole.
In all probability for one of the best, since Invoice had an arsenal of weaponry and appeared completely prepared for a siege. Discovering himself the city’s sole remaining inhabitant, he strikes decisively to fortify his location with traps and collect provides to reside a solitary lifetime of luxurious because the world exterior falls aside.
That certain regarded like a juicy steak too.
Love within the darkness
In 2007, Invoice’s lifestyle seems to have served him effectively — he seems to be a lot the identical 4 years after the outbreak. His lonely existence modifications without end when Frank (Murray Bartlett), a survivor from the Baltimore quarantine zone, falls right into a lure exterior his perimeter.
Frank seems to be a fully beautiful man, managing to interrupt down Invoice’s emotional partitions (with a little help from Linda Ronstadt). The pair fall in love — the transformation in Offerman’s efficiency is beautiful — and construct a life collectively regardless of their differing personalities.
They even befriend Tess and Joel through the years, having the smugglers over for a meal and agreeing to work collectively. Tess and Frank instantly hit it off, whereas the extra extreme Joel and Invoice discover a mutual respect.
In 2010, raiders assault the city — one thing Joel warned Invoice would occur. The fortified defenses maintain up, however Invoice is shot and solely survives as a result of Frank’s round to patch him up.
Leaping to 2020, we uncover that Frank has suffered from main well being issues through the years and has misplaced most of his mobility. He is confined to a wheelchair, and it is clear he is struggling to make use of his palms as effectively. It looks as if he is affected by ALS or MS, however author Craig Mazin mentioned they intentionally left Frank’s ailment unclear on the present’s official podcast. Invoice is a loving caregiver, serving to his companion take his tablets and get round.
Tender final moments
One morning in 2023, Invoice wakes as much as discover Frank sitting up beside him. Having accepted that there is not any approach to deal with his ailment, he admits to having spent a lot of the night time getting away from bed, and informs Invoice that it is his “final day.”
“Give me yet another good day … take me to the boutique, the place I am going to decide outfits for us. You will put on what I ask, and we’ll get married. And you may prepare dinner a scrumptious dinner,” he says, earlier than taking his tablets out of his pocket. “And you may crush all of those up, put them in my wine. I’ll drink it. Then you’ll take me by my hand, carry me to our mattress and I’ll go to sleep in your arms.”
Invoice struggles to just accept Frank’s determination, however finally agrees. Their last hours collectively play out in a gorgeous, touching montage. I am not crying; you are crying.
As soon as the wine is poured, Invoice complies with Frank’s lethal request. Nevertheless, Invoice additionally reveals that he’d completed the identical to his personal wine — sentencing himself to the identical destiny. Invoice tenderly pushes Frank into their room and the scene fades to black.
Finally, Ellie and Joel arrive on the home and uncover a notice from Invoice explaining what occurred (“To whomever, however most likely Joel”).
“I used to hate the world and I used to be comfortable when everybody died. However I used to be incorrect, as a result of there was one particular person value saving,” it reads. “That is what I did, I saved him, then I protected him. That is why males such as you and me are right here: we’ve got a job to do. And God assist any motherfuckers who stand in our means.”
He tells Joel to make use of his weapons and gear to maintain Tess secure, which clearly hits Joel laborious. The duo take Invoice’s automotive and hit the highway to seek out Joel’s ex-Firefly brother Tommy in Wyoming (with Ronstadt’s 1970 music Lengthy Lengthy Time kicking off their journey).
A unique destiny
Invoice’s game counterpart is not almost as emotional a personality. He is nonetheless a talented survivalist who’s barricaded himself in his city with all kinds of traps, however we do not get almost as many hints about his underlying heat.
He rescues Ellie and Joel from a swarm of contaminated, however instantly needs them gone. Ellie and Joel enter an uneasy alliance with him to get the automotive they should proceed their journey, battling contaminated to succeed in a automobile.
They succeed on this mission, permitting Ellie and Joel to drive into the sundown (till issues go horribly incorrect once more) and Invoice to return to his isolation. So his destiny is unclear, in contrast to within the present.
Invoice alludes to his relationship with Frank in certainly one of many offended feedback.
“As soon as upon a time I had somebody I cared about. It was a companion. Any person I needed to take care of,” he says. “And on this world that type of shit’s good for one factor: gettin’ ya killed. So, you recognize what I did? I wisened the fuck up. And I spotted it is gotta be simply me.”
Invoice and Frank’s sexuality is rarely made specific within the sport, however it’s instructed by a homosexual porn journal Ellie discovers in his residence.
What about Frank?
We by no means see Frank alive within the sport, since he and Invoice had a falling out previous to Ellie and Joel’s arrival. On the finish of their journey throughout the city, the trio uncover Frank’s physique hanging in the home he’d lived in.
We study that he’d been bitten by some contaminated and opted to take his personal life reasonably than flip right into a shambling monster. You too can discover a notice containing his last phrases.
“Nicely, Invoice, I doubt you’d ever discover this notice trigger you have been too scared to ever make it to this a part of city. But when for some cause you probably did, I need you to know I hated your guts. I grew uninterested in this shitty city and your set-in-your-ways perspective,” it reads.
“I wished extra from life than this and you could possibly by no means get that. And that silly battery you stored moaning about — I received it. However I assume you have been proper. Attempting to go away this city will kill me. Nonetheless higher than spending one other day with you. Good Luck, Frank.”
Ouch. Invoice is not too comfortable to learn this, so he flings it away. Within the PS5 remake, you get the “In Memorium” trophy in the event you pick up the crumbled note (within the present, Joel crumbles up Invoice’s notice and tosses it apart).
Previous to reaching Invoice’s city, yow will discover a smuggler’s note about Frank. It reveals that he’d deliberate to quietly transfer into the Boston quarantine zone after buying and selling with the smuggler, however by no means made it. Within the present, when Invoice finds him within the lure, Frank says he was on his approach to Boston.
Episode 4 of The Final of Us hits HBO Max subsequent Sunday, Feb. 5.