How ‘The Last of Us’ Revived Linda Ronstadt’s ‘Long Long Time’
Linda Ronstadt’s “Long Long Time” has soared up the streaming charts following last night’s episode of the HBO series “The Last of Us.”
After the episode aired, the 1970s song saw streaming numbers increase by 4900% according to Spotify.
“Long, Long Time” appears in scenes with survivors Bill (Nick Offerman) and Frank (Murray Bartlett), and later Joel (Pedro Pascal) and Ellie (Bella Ramsey) Did.
For Bill and Frank, this song is central to their relationship. In this scene, Frank is sitting at the piano and Linda discovers her Ronstadt songbook. Frank sat down at the piano where he found a book of her songs. He starts playing and Bill comes over and sings the first few lines of the song over. Sounds like good advice, but no one is by my side. “
The actual dubbing will play towards the end of the episode.
The song selection was made by executive producer and director Craig Mazin, but after his friend Thessrudetzky suggested it. Mazin was looking for a song to connect the two characters.
Speaking to Variety, Mazin said, “I knew the song had to hit a certain thing about longing and pain and unrequited unrequited love.” I did. I tried, tried, and texted my friend Seth Ludetzky, host and scholar of Sirius XM on Broadway. I said to him, “Everything you need is here,” and two seconds later:
“Long, Long Time by Linda Ronstadt” I thought there was. that’s it! “
Written by Gary White, the song appears on Ronstadt’s album Silk Purse. The single spent her 12 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at number 25.
Led by Chernobyl’s Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann (the main creative force behind his game in the 2013 original), The Last of Us is more than capable hands. And the show’s first season seems to have paid off, as he currently holds a 97% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Season 1 of The Last of Us reportedly cost over $100 million on HBO, so the network is betting this video game adaptation is a little better than the rest. From our point of view, it’s safe to say that it’s been very good so far. Pascal and Ramsey are Gabriel Luna, Nico Parker, Anna Torv, Murray Bartlett, Nick R. Offerman. The cast and script are well balanced, and the visuals hit the right notes and keep you in suspense.
The Last of Us is a show not to be missed. Below you can see when each episode will be released. Just like the characters in The Last of Us, never give up.