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Peter Hoar, director of HBO Max’s new apocalyptic drama, “The Last of Us,” wanted to “trick” the audience into watching a gay love story in episode three.
Hoar, an openly gay man known for his work on the British LGBT+ miniseries “It’s a Sin,” said that he wanted the viewers to see that it was the “same love” as straight people, but just between two guys.
“Sometimes you have to sort of trick the rest of the world into watching these things before they’re like, ‘Oh, my God, it was two guys. I just realized,’” Hoar told reporters ahead of the release of the zombie series’ third episode.
“I think then they might understand that it’s all real,” he added. “It’s just the same love.”
However, fans of the show slammed the show, with some even suggesting skipping the third episode.
Ben Shapiro shared the following on Facebook:
The entire episode has no zombies. No real threat. It is about two gay dudes who meet and have a relationship in which one grows strawberries for the other, and then they die by not being killed by zombies. One gets cancer and decides to essentially euthanize himself. And gay Ron Swanson decides that he is also going to commit suicide at the same time because of “Romeo and Juliet” or “Romeo and Romeo” in this particular case.
It’s all really well produced and it’s beautifully shot. However, here’s the problem with Brokeback Zombie Farm: It’s a zombie show. There are no zombies in this entire episode. There are no zombies in a zombie show. This is worth pointing out. It literally has nothing to do with the plot of the show.
“If episode 3 were about a heterosexual couple, fans would still be bored and disappointed,” one person wrote. “Most fans are watching for the adaptation of a video game about fighting zombies, not a full episode about romance. We all know why the episode is receiving high praise; let’s calm down.”
“They didn’t respect the existing story in the game with this episode 3, terrible!” another wrote.
One reviewer shared, “Episode 3 was an hour of my life I will never get back. Just watch episodes 1 & 2 and wait until episode 4 comes out.”
“There is a sex scene between two men in episode 3 not mentioned anywhere,” the person wrote. “For new/current series, there should be a weekly update from the review team. I wrote a similar review to the Terminal List series; as of today, it is still not updated. Very irresponsible for parents/guardians who use this site. Especially those who subscribe monthly. Please fix it!!!” Another patron wrote.
The Last of Us has already been picked up for a second season, weeks after the pilot episode of season 1.