“The Last Of Us” Featured In GLAAD’s Most Intriguing LGBT Characters Of 2013

January 2, 2014

GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) recently posted a LGBT character retrospective from 2013 where they rounded up some of the year’s “most intriguing” LGBT characters. Bill from The Last of Us got a nod, along with Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Captain Ray Holt, The Dallas Buyers Club’s Rayon (played by Jared Leto) and Cosima Niehaus from the new BBC series Orphan Black.

The acknowledgment surprised me because while playing The Last of Us I didn’t pick up that Bill was gay, but apparently there are some subtle clues. I must’ve been too invested in the story and the stakes of the mission. Well done, Naughty Dog.

“One of the characters the player encounters over the course of the game is Bill, an unstable loner in the town of Lincoln with a talent for fixing things. Through dialogue and backstory, the player learns that Bill once had a partner named Frank who he loved, but the plague drove them apart and led Frank to a bitter end. Both helpful and contentious, Bill is as deeply flawed but wholly unique a gay character found in any storytelling medium this year.”

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