The Last of Us Changed Bill and Frank’s Relationship for the Better – While the planet was being destroyed and a potentially fatal fungal disease was present, the third episode of “The Last of Us” deviated from the norm and shifted focus elsewhere. It took us a moment to recall that Joel was on a mission, and Ellie was accompanying him as a possible vaccine. We watched the development of a friendship between two perfect strangers, a bond that not even death could destroy.
Before meeting Frank, Bill’s life was devoid of love and joy. Bill (Nick Offerman) didn’t realize how much he needed him until they eventually met, so he should consider himself fortunate. Most of us would likely characterize what transpired between their first and last shared meal as a “journey of contentment.” Many individuals believe that love can only be genuine after the initial euphoria of “falling in love” has subsided. Everyone gets excited when they meet a new person, but if that excitement remains after ten years of knowing each other, you know you’ve found something unique.
Frank (Murray Bartlett) made it clear to Bill that he did not maintain superficial connections. As soon as Frank entered Bill’s residence, he felt an immediate attraction to him. Bill had been repressing his emotions up until that point, but now when they were face-to-face, it was as if a dam had burst, and the two men were flooded with emotion.
Bill’s knowledge of how to pair Beaujolais Villages with the appropriate meal was the icing on the cake for Frank, who adored Bill’s cooking abilities. Bill was a natural at everything; therefore, he always needed to make an effort to work harder. When he was with Frank, he was far more sincere than when he was alone. Bill was different from the type to engage in weekend drinking and revelry.
Frank was the polar opposite of Bill; he was self-assured, outgoing, and fearless in speaking his opinion. He adored dressing up for formal occasions and made the most of every chance. Before Bill invited him to play the piano, Frank had no intention of spending the night with him. Frank sensed a change within himself as he peered into Bill’s eyes. They spent a private moment together, after which there was no turning back.
Even though Bill’s house contained all the necessities for daily life, it was only home once Frank moved in. His entrance restored to the gathering a much-appreciated sense of community and warmth. Unlike Bill, Frank actively sought opportunities for growth instead of simply wanting to exist. Frank, as far as I could tell, was an artist at heart who did not view the world through the prism of a cash register, and his definition of “productivity” was in stark contrast to conventional thinking. Frank had promised Bill that despite all the unknowns, they would find happiness and make friends. Through chance radio conversations with Tess, he and Bill learned about Tess and Joel. It was a casual gathering, but Joel took the opportunity to propose a business partnership to Bill.
Frank emphasized the significance of self-care by requiring Bill to engage in it as well. We observed them running together on two separate occasions, with Bill plainly straining to keep up with his more agile companion. Nobody was aware that ten years had already passed. Probably around this time, Frank began to exhibit neurological problems. Since then, he has had difficulty moving and sleeping. Frank was aware that his time was limited, but this did not make the anguish or the battle any less difficult.
Frank determined that he could no longer continue living his horrible existence and decided to commit suicide. He feared that if he waited too long, his health would deteriorate, and he would lose consciousness before he could say his final goodbye to Bill. Bill had always been self-centered, but now he recognized that it was in everyone’s best interest for Frank to get what he desired. Frank’s aim was in direct opposition to Bill’s fundamental essence, and he would have to overcome his own egotism to let go of something so beautiful without wanting for even one more day with Bill. Frank believes that he decides to die as the best option.
He realized that what mattered most was not how long one lived but rather what one accomplished. This being the case, Frank actively sought out the finer things in life. He wished he could pass away in her arms, recalling their happy times together. Bill would have declined this plea if he hadn’t witnessed Frank’s agony. There were times when he was incapable of eating or sleeping. When Frank informed Bill of his decision to commit suicide, Bill was distressed. As a farewell, he offered that he and Bill cram as much as possible into a single day. On Frank’s last day of employment, he and Bill hitched the wedding in a private ceremony.
As planned, Bill snuck pills into Frank’s wine at dinner, but he was unaware. Frank, however, realised instantly upon seeing Bill that the entire bottle of wine had been drugged. Frank found it difficult to believe that a man who had constructed a whole ecosystem in order to survive his hazardous condition was now prepared to die.
By the end of the third episode of “The Last of Us,” Bill can clearly state that he is satisfied with his life and desires nothing more. He and his partner had been living together for a while, and he realised he didn’t have to be a survivalist anymore. He made preparations for death with his chosen companion, recognizing that their end was inevitable. Bill was aware that following Frank’s death, life would be meaningless, so he and his husband shared a bottle of wine and cherished their final minutes together.
Bill reassured Frank that his decision was not the tragic end of a heartbroken lover, as he had given the matter considerable thought and was making a sensible decision. He was not committing suicide because he had had enough of life; instead, he was content with his existing circumstances. Due to Frank’s manipulation, the conspiracy theorist became a spiritual being with self-awareness.
He could feel and see that his life’s labor was complete. Bill bequeathed all of his possessions to Joel, along with a note instructing him to take care of the people he loved and to savor every moment of life since there isn’t enough time to harbor hatred or regret. It has been asserted that saving a single life will make no difference, regardless of how terrible things are in the world.
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The third episode of “The Last of Us” utilized Bill and Frank’s journey to demonstrate how even a small act of kindness may inspire hope in others. They served as an example for groups like FEDRA and those who justify killing innocents on the basis that they could become infected and become a problem in the future as a result of their lifestyle and decisions.
Even though FEDRA was not a totalitarian regime, its negative attitude prevented it from appreciating life’s beauties. Frank persuaded Bill that cultivating strawberries and delivering them to a loved one was sufficient to maintain their humanity. Frank and Bill’s final moments together are depicted in Episode 3 of “The Last of Us,” and it is clear that they died as they had always wished: close to one another, surrounded by the love and comfort of the person they cared about the most.