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The Last of Us showrunner on “Long, Long Time” episode’s unexpected success



TLOU Episode 3

Since it initially aired, The Last of Us Episode 3 entitled “Long Long Time” has garnered a lot of positive attention. What makes this episode so unique is the Bill and Frank tale, which was never even addressed properly in the game. Even the renowned filmmaker Steven Spielberg praised the episode, and it is frequently hailed as a modern classic.

Craig Mazin on whether “Long, Long Time” overshadowed other episodes

The Last of Us co-showrunner, Craig Mazin, recently talked to THR and pondered if Episode 3’s success impacted the rest of the series, “I try not to compete with myself, because you can head down some pretty dumb roads where things become synthetic and are not written from a place of honesty. I’m trying to be Zen about it. Some episode has to be the best episode, and it’s very unlikely to be the final one, where it’s just this straight [quality] line going up. But I do recall after Chernobyl, I was like, “That’s about as good as I can do, it’s downhill from here.”


The Last of Us Episode 3 ‘Long, Long Time’ failed to earn an Emmy Nomination in the Outstanding Cinematography For A Single-Camera Series (One Hour) category.

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Mazin also hinted that the team will be trying something new in Season 2, “If we end the series and episode three of the first season is the one that people feel is creatively the most important or meaningful or moving or well done, I would be proud because, you know, I did do it. But we will keep taking risks. Before the strike, I wrote the first episode of season two and anytime I would hear myself saying, “Well, like last season …,” I would go: “Stop, don’t go there, it doesn’t matter.”

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