The Last of Us Series: Episode 3 Ending Explained with Bill’s Playlist

The Last of Us Episode 3 Folge 3 Recap Bill und Frank

In the successful series The Last of Us showrunner Craig Mazin (“Chernobyl”) and Neil Druckmann plays the music plays an important rolejust like in the popular Naughty Dog video game series of the same name.

For example, Joel (Pedro Pascal) communicates with Bill (Nick Offerman) and Frank (Murray Bartlett) via songs on the radio. Examples: A song from the 1960s means something like “nothing new to report”, a title from the 70s means “there are fresh goods” and a song from the 80s announces trouble.

In the episode 3 for example, the original title is already playing long long time to a song of the same name by Linda Ronstadt, which plays an important part in the course of the episode. We explain the end of the latest episode of the TLOU series to you Bill’s playlist.

Why Bill and Frank’s Altered Story is So Awesome

In the game template, the relationship is between Bill and Frank not quite as harmonious as in the series and ends in a tragedy, the game developer Neil Druckmann now for the TV series to one real love story with a tragic but forgiving happy ending changed – and of it from the TLOU fans enthusiastically celebrated and makes the episode one of the best of the entire series.

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During in the game After Frank has had enough of Bill’s paranoid ways and leaves him, he is bitten by a mutate while attempting to flee the city of Lincoln. Fearful of turning into a monster, he chose suicide and hanged himself – not before leaving Bill a hateful note saying he couldn’t take it anymore. Eventually, Joel discovers Frank’s body with an embittered Bill.

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In the TLOU series The relationship between the two friends Bill and Frank soon develops into a real love story, which was hinted at in the game but never described in detail. When the two meet, they spend several decades together at Bill’s Lincoln home, filled with love and friendship. In the end, they both choose to commit suicide together to avoid the inevitable fate of mutation.

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The Music in the games like in the HBO series a important part. In particular, the track “Long Long Time” by Linda Ronstadt features a happy couple Bill and Frank playing the song on the piano. When Joel (Pedro Pascal) and Ellie (Bella Ramsey) finally arrive, they find the two dead in her bed. In a letter, Bill leaves them important information for their onward journey, as well as his car and an arsenal of weapons.

As Joel and Ellie set off in the car, we hear the same song “Long Long Time” in the original version again from the off.

“We had this idea that Bill and Frank should find a connection through a song. Essentially, that would make Frank think differently about Bill and not just say, ‘Oh, I see what’s going on with this guy,’ but also want him.”explains Craig Mazin in the HBO The Last of Us Podcast.

The TLOU playlist of episode 3 “Long Long Time”:

  • “I’m Coming Home to Stay” by Fleetwood Mac in 1968
  • Cream’s “White Room” from 1968
  • “Long Long Time” by Linda Ronstadt in 1970
  • “On the Nature of Daylight” by Max Richter from 2004
  • “Vanishing Grace (Childhood)” by Gustavo Santaolalla from 2013 (original score of the TLOU game)
  • “Long Long Time” by Linda Ronstadt (original version)
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You can find out how the “The Last of Us” series continues in the Preview trailer to the next Episode 4 “Please Hold My Hand” see the am February 6th appears on demand at WOW and Sky Q.