HBO’s latest episode of “The Last of Us,” its new video-game adaptation, aired Sunday to widespread praise and impressive ratings. But the episode, titled “Long, Long Time,” is getting review-bombed by angry, homophobic greasy fan boys (GFB) of the game.
The reason the GFB’s are up in arms is the fact that In the game, it’s quasi-evident that Bill is gay and had a relationship with Frank, but he never appears on-screen in the game. Now some of the more severely homophobic gamers were faced with the gay relationship of two men in the fleshed out storyline.
Neil Druckmann, the co-creator of the series who also developed the video game, told The Hollywood Reporter that Bill and Frank’s relationship “went over a lot of people’s heads” in the game. At the time, [the subtlety is] what helped get it in,” he said. “It’s sad to say, but it would have been controversial otherwise.”
One Metacritic user wrote that they “turned it off as soon as saw what was happening.” Other users complained of what they called the show’s “LGBT agenda” or “LGBT propaganda.”
In the end though HBO got the last laugh with the episode being watched by 6.4 million viewers on Sunday, HBO announced on Tuesday, giving it the highest first-night viewership yet for the series. The network has already renewed the series for a second season.