The Last of Us producer has final say on Bill and Frank spin-off

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18 Jan 2024, 09:26

Bill (Nick Offerman) and Frank (Murray Bartlett) in The Last of Us.

Credit: HBO

Following suggestions that a spin-off series about The Last of Us characters Bill and Frank has been “pitched”, one the show’s co-creators has spoken out on the matter.

The TV adaptation of the popular video game follows Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey’s characters as they travel across America after a fungal pandemic wipes out much of the world.

Episode three of the first series was one of the most critically-acclaimed and saw characters Bill (Nick Offerman) and Frank (Murray Bartlett) meet in the midst of the apocalypse, fall in love and grow old together. 

Earlier this month, Nick attended the Creative Arts Emmy Awards where he won an award for his performance in the show. When asked about the chances of there being more from Bill and Frank, the Parks & Rec star said: “I think we pitched a whole mini-series of a prequel of their lives before they met each other,” and joked: “It could be a musical. We’re not short on ideas.”

However, the show's co-creator Craig Mazin has since shared a disappointing update. Whilst saying “I'm very proud of the episode we did with Bill and Frank,” he told Deadline at the Emmys at the weekend: "There won't be more Bill and Frank."

He added: “Nick was joking about a prequel, that was kind of a joke,” and said: “We are very happy with what we achieved.”

Whilst we won’t be seeing any more from Bill and Frank, we can at least look forward to a second series of The Last of Us, and a major new character has just been cast. Anyone who has played the video game will know that Abby Anderson is set to play a big part in the upcoming narrative, and it has recently been revealed that Golden Globe Award nominee Kaitlyn Dever will take on the role.

Dever is known for teen comedy Booksmart, as well as Unbelievable and Dopesick.

The Last of Us season one is available to watch on Sky on Demand and NOW.