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‘The Last of Us”: Why was the Song “Long, Long Time” Used in Episode 3?

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Showrunner Craig Mazin explains how the emotional song was selected for the third episode of “The Last of Us.” This series on HBO has already created a remarkably faithful two episodes to the video game where they have introduced characters like Ellie (Bella Ramsey) and Joel (Pedro Pascal). 

In the third episode of “The Last of Us,” a 20-year chronicling of the relationship between Frank (Murray Bartlett) and Bill (Nick Offerman) has been shown – how they fall in love, how they both meet, and how they are living a life together in Lincoln town. This show has also grabbed emotional reactions. In the third episode, Bill and Frank played Linda Ronstadt’s “Long, Long Time” song on the piano, which shows the emotional response. 

Showrunner Craig Mazin explained how this song was chosen for the third episode of “The Last of Us” during an interview about the series with IndieWire. The writer and co-creator of this series already knew what they wanted in the third episode. They wanted a sad and emotional song about loneliness and love for the third episode that shows the connectedness of the two characters. 

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While finding the right song for this series, he had a lot of struggles. One of his trusted friends suggested Linda Ronstadt’s “Long, Long Time” song. The creator says he spent hours finding the right song for the third episode. This song plays a significant role in the love story of Bill and Frank. The power moments of the living room rendition in this song are well-derived, accomplish a lot of characterization and convey many emotions for Frank and Bill. 

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