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‘The Last Of Us’ Gets A Nod In GLAAD’s Most Intriguing LGBT Characters Of 2013

Most of us can probably agree that The Last of Us is one of the greatest games on the PlayStation 3 and definitely one of the standout titles from the last generation. It’s a brutal, emotional and somewhat unconventional take on the zombie apocalypse setting, a genre that sees a lot of games (some may argue too many) every year.

In it is a character named Bill. I haven’t met him yet in my playthrough because I only recently got my hands on the game, but it sounds like he sticks with you. Or, at least he did with GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation). See what GLAAD had to say about Bill after the break.

GLAAD recently posted a LGBT character retrospective from the freshly wrapped up 2013 where they rounded up some of the year’s “most intriguing” LGBT characters. Bill got a nod, along with Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Captain Ray Holt, The Dallas Buyers Club’s Rayon (played by Jared Leto, who I hear is incredible in it) and Cosima Niehaus from the new BBC series Orphan Black. If you haven’t seen Orphan Black yet, I highly recommend it.

Sadly, video games don’t often introduce us to interesting (or realistic) LGBT characters. It sounds like Bill may buck that unfortunate trend.

“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.”

The list is pretty great, though I would’ve liked to see more standouts, especially in video games. I’ve had my fill of the archetypal straight white male lead. If you haven’t played The Last of Us yet, you may want to get on it. I hear it’s pretty good.



  • Michael_M

    Cool. Reading the comments for the linked review, I don’t see a single complaint about a gay character. Just another fact of life. Hope we see more.

  • weresmurf

    I never keyed onto the fact he was gay? I must have missed that part, or it just wasn’t a factor, in the sense it wasn’t a big deal? Well done to Naughty Dog in creating great characters in TLOU 🙂

    • I caught it when I played it, but I enjoyed how it wasnt a big deal and it focused on his flaws as a human in a catastrophe and not on his sexual orientation. Naughty Dog has been my favorite developer for a while and I am nothing but excited to see what they do with the next gen titles.

      • weresmurf

        Must have been a passing comment in it. Indeed, they did focus on his character flaws. I think it’s detrimental to a character when its ‘HEY LOOK IM GAY AND IM GAY AND IM GAY AND THATS MY CHARACTER IM GAY!’ (Unless the character of course is a flamboyant, over the top stereotype for instance) for the sake of it, rather than a situation here, where being gay is merely a tiny part of a greater equation.

  • Beneviolence

    This was a nice character touch in a game with a bunch of subtle character moments. The stakes were set so high by the time Bill’s sexual preference was revealed, that it boiled down to, “what? so unimportant to getting out of here! Move!” And yet, that irreverence towards his sexuality circles back in a way that reveals another wounded human from the brutal reality of The Last of Us.

    Without a doubt, the best game of 2013.

  • BlazinGun5024

    I totally forgot Bill was gay, now I miss him.

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