‘The Last of Us’ Guest Nick Offerman Has Pitched A Bill & Frank Spin-off

Nick Offerman, celebrated for his role as Bill in HBO’s The Last of Us, is hinting at a potential prequel series focused on the backstory of his character and Frank, played by Murray Bartlett.

After winning his first Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series, Offerman revealed to The Hollywood Reporter that ideas for a mini-series exploring Bill and Frank’s lives before they met have been discussed. He humorously suggested it could even be a musical.

“It certainly has been pitched. I think we pitched a whole mini-series of a prequel of their lives before they meet each other,” Offerman said, “It could be a musical. We’re not short on ideas. We’ll just see what [co-creators] Craig [Mazin] and Neil [Druckmann] come up with.”

The idea for this prequel springs from the acclaim Offerman and Bartlett received for their portrayals in the third episode of The Last of Us, titled Long, Long Time. This episode, spotlighting the love story of Bill and Frank, was especially well-received and considered one of the series’ highlights.

Offerman, open to reprising his role, joked about his casting, crediting his ability to use a shovel as a decisive factor. “I was lucky this time. They needed a guy who could use a shovel. Three of us in Hollywood, Harrison Ford passed and Jane Lynch was not available.”

The Last of Us garnered significant recognition at the Creative Arts Emmys, with 8 wins in categories such as Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup, Visual Effects, Main Title Design, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Picture Editing, in addition to Offerman’s and Storm Reid’s acting accolades.

As The Last of Us prepares for its second season, with Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey reprising their roles, anticipation builds. The sequel, premiering in 2025, is expected to cover Part II of the story and may extend beyond a single season, a departure from the first season’s format.