The upcoming HBO television adaptation of The Last of Us will include a significant plot change involving a beloved character. The relationship between experienced smuggler Joel Miller (Pedro Pascal) and bright 14-year-old orphan Ellie (Bella Ramsey) as they travel through the post-apocalyptic United States is the focus of the upcoming horror drama, which is based on the critically acclaimed 2013 PlayStation 3 video game of the same name. Joel and Tess are asked by Marlene (Merle Dandridge) to deliver Ellie to a radical revolutionary group recognized as the Fireflies to use the young girl’s exceptional natural immunity to save the world 20 years after the world was first overrun by a fungal infection that turns people into vicious zombies.

The Hollywood Reporter claims that the highly anticipated television adaptation of The Last of Us will make significant changes to the plot involving a beloved character. According to recent information, episode 3 will center on Bill (Nick Offerman), a survivor from the first game who uses a deserted town as his haven. The change to Bill’s story is said to be radical and may completely surprise devoted viewers, despite the series’ creators, Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann, having previously promised a faithful adaptation to the original material.

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The fact that the show cast Murray Bartlett as Frank, Bill’s former partner and romantic interest, even though no specifics about the change to his story have been made public, suggests that the changes to the narrative center on their relationship. Joel and Ellie first met Bill in the original The Last of Us video game, where he was a lone resident of a small town that had been set up with a number of lethal traps. Joel asks Bill to repay a favor by finding them a working truck when they are in need of a vehicle. Frank, who was trying to steal the truck for himself, is unfortunately also found dead nearby, hanging from the ceiling after being bitten by an infected.

The HBO adaptation of The Last of Us gives Bill’s section of the narrative more depth by including Frank in it. The series may depict the partners’ falling out, revealing to fans what actually occurred between the two, unlike the original game, which only provided very brief dialogue samples and a suicide note from Frank outlining his reasons for leaving. The television adaptation gives Mazin and Druckmann more room to develop the characters and their arcs because of the nature of the medium.

Troy Baker, Joel’s performance and voice actor in the original game, might have hinted at the story change as well. The actor made a promise that episode 3 will alter fans’ expectations of the show while praising what he had seen up to episode 5 without providing any further details. The HBO premiere of The Last of Us is less than a week away, so viewers won’t have to wait too long to learn what happens to Bill.

Source: THR