Nick Offerman recently won the Best Supporting Performance at the Independent Spirit Awards for his role as Bill on HBO’s The Last of Us. During his acceptance speech, Offerman took the opportunity to address those who criticized the “Long, Long Time” episode, praising HBO for airing it. He expressed his astonishment at being nominated and commended HBO for having the courage to share powerful stories.

Defending the Episode

Offerman did not shy away from addressing the critics who questioned the choice of making it a “gay story.” He emphasized that the episode was not about being gay but rather a love story. In his blunt and straightforward manner, he responded by calling out those who raised such objections and urged for more narratives that challenge societal norms.

“Long, Long Time” featured Offerman as Bill alongside Murray Bartlett as Frank, showcasing their love story amidst an apocalyptic backdrop. The episode resonated with audiences and even caught the attention of legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg, who praised showrunner Craig Mazin for his work on the series.

Unexpected Role and Season 2

Interestingly, Offerman was not originally cast for the role of Bill, as it was initially intended for Con O’Neill. However, due to scheduling conflicts, Offerman stepped into the part and delivered a memorable performance. While Bill and Frank may not return in Season 2, fans can look forward to seeing Pedro Pascal as Joel and Bella Ramsey as Ellie, alongside new cast members like Kaitlyn Dever, Young Mazino, and Isabela Merced.

As production for Season 2 of The Last of Us is underway, the anticipation among fans continues to grow. With a talented cast and promising new additions, the upcoming season is set to deliver another captivating chapter in the post-apocalyptic saga. Fans can expect more twists, heart-wrenching moments, and thought-provoking storytelling when the series returns in 2025.


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