The upcoming production of the second season of HBO’s adaptation of The Last of Us is bringing more insights into the cast, particularly the crucial role of Abby from the second game. Kaitlyn Dever, renowned for her roles in Booksmart and No One Will Save You, has been selected for this challenging character, marking a significant addition to the ensemble. The show’s co-creators, Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann, emphasized their casting process, which prioritizes world-class actors embodying the essence of the source material characters.
In expressing their excitement about Dever joining the cast, Mazin and Druckmann, mentioned, “Nothing matters more than talent, and we’re thrilled to have an acclaimed performer like Kaitlyn join Pedro [Pascal], Bella [Ramsay], and the rest of our family.” Abby, described as “a skilled soldier with a black-and-white view of the world challenged as she seeks vengeance for those she loved,” adds a layer of complexity to the narrative.
Interestingly, Dever has collaborated with Druckmann before, having played Cassie, the daughter of Nathan Drake, in the epilogue of Uncharted 4, a game co-directed by Druckmann. Dever’s addition to the series follows its recent success at the Emmy Awards, where it secured eight wins, including acting honours for Storm Reid and Nick Offerman. With Pascal and Ramsay nominated for their performances, and the show in the running for Outstanding Drama Series, The Last of Us amassed a total of 24 Emmy nominations, showcasing its acclaim in the industry. The main ceremony is yet to take place, building anticipation for the series’ continued recognition and success.