In Season 2 of HBO’s The Last of Us, Kaitlyn Dever will take on the role of Abby Anderson, the antagonist and playable protagonist from the video game The Last of Us Part 2. The announcement was made jointly by HBO and game developer Naughty Dog. Dever will join the returning cast members Pedro Pascal, who plays Joel, and Bella Ramsey, who portrays Ellie, in the upcoming season of HBO’s adaptation of the post-apocalyptic video game series.
Kaitlyn Dever As Abby In The Last of Us Season 2
A nominee for both Golden Globe and Emmy awards, Kaitlyn Dever is popular for her performances in films such as Booksmart and No One Can Save You, as well as TV series Justified and Dopesick. She also had a role in Naughty Dog’s Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, playing Cassie, the daughter of Nathan Drake and Elena Fisher.
In The Last of Us Season 2, Laura Bailey was originally Abby, a longtime Naughty Dog collaborator and veteran voice actor. Bailey made a brief cameo appearance in Season 1 of HBO’s The Last of Us as a nurse in the final episode, “Look for the Light.” Abby’s in-game appearance was based on two other women: face model Jocelyn Mettler and athlete Colleen Fotsch. Unfortunately, the women who portrayed Abby faced harassment and death threats from supposed fans of Naughty Dog’s games.
The role of Abby will be crucial to the storyline of Season 2 (and possibly Season 3) of The Last of Us. The sequel, set years after the original game, explores the repercussions of Joel and Ellie’s choices, offering players a dual perspective by playing as both Ellie and Abby throughout the extensive narrative of The Last of Us Part 2.
While Season 2 of The Last of Us does not have a confirmed release date, it is unlikely to arrive until 2025. The show creators, Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann, have suggested that the remaining story of The Last of Us will span “more than one season,” indicating the potential for additional seasons beyond Season 2.