Murray Bartlett Opens Up About Inspiration For Gay Love Story in ‘The Last of Us’

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Murray Bartlett, who played Frank in the hit HBO zombie series ‘The Last of Us’, shares the real-life inspiration behind the gay love story between his character and Bill, played by Nick Offerman.

‘The Last of Us’, which tells the story of Joel (Pedro Pascal), a smuggler tasked with escorting the immune teenager Ellie (Bella Ramsey) across the post-apocalyptic United States, struck at the heartstrings of its viewer with its third episode, ‘Long, Long Time’. It depicted the decades-long romance between Bill and Frank.

Bartlett, who came out as gay early in his career, said that in portraying his role, he took inspiration from his real-life love story with his partner Matt.

In an interview with Deadline, Bartlett said that his relationship with Matt “was a bit of a reference point for what [Nick Offerman] and I were doing in the episode.”“Because I was saying this to Nick, that we are both lucky to be in relationships where we found a partner that we have an incredible bond with, and we feel this deep love,” he furthered. “So, we were familiar with that, and we could bring that experience to what we were doing in episode three.”

When Matt saw the episode, Bartlett said jokingly that there was not much of a reaction from his partner, but “there was this sort of understanding of like, ‘You know where I get that from, right?’ and ‘Would you do that for me? Because….’ Which was lovely.”

Bartlett also commented on working with Offerman. He described his faux post-apocalyptic husband as “funny” and “always got a twinkle in his eye.”

“Nick is such a good person and such a gentleman through and through and just an old-school guy that cares about all the things you want someone to care about,” Bartlett said.

‘The Last of Us’ is a huge hit among queer fans for its LGBTQ+ representation and storylines. In the first season, Ramsey’s character had a gay coming-of-age romance. The second season, meanwhile, will explore Ellie’s sexuality as she meets her girlfriend Dina (who fans believe appeared in the sixth episode of the first season) and is expected to introduce a trans character as well.

 

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