HBO’s upcoming adaptation of The Last Of Us will expand on Bill and Frank’s relationship, which, according to an article by The New Yorker, would give their story “room to breathe.”

In an interview with the publication, series creators Neil Druckmann and Craig Mazin discussed the development of Bill and Frank’s characters. Despite Druckmann describing their episode as “awesome,” he felt there would be fans who would be “upset by it.”

In the game, Frank’s only appearance in the story is in passing, and the hints Bill shares about his relationship with Frank are little more than an afterthought before the game pushes on. Druckmann said the updated storyline would need to be “authentic to the world” and “authentic to the themes that we’re talking about.”

Bill, who’ll be played by Parks and Recreation’s Nick Offerman, was described as a “survivalist,” compared to Frank’s “optimist,” who’ll be portrayed on screen by Murray Bartlett after a wave of promotional character posters were released at the beginning of the month.

The couple, according to Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin, represents an overarching theme within the series of “outward love and inward love—the people who want to make everybody better, and the people who want to protect particular people at any cost.”

The Last Of Us will premiere on Jan. 15, 2022. Are you excited to watch the show? Let us know your thoughts on the adaptation in the comments below, and keep your eyes on GameLuster for more gaming news, including an in-depth look at HBO’s trailer.

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