The Last of Us showrunner has confirmed that the role of Abby Anderson has been cast.
In an interview with LA Times, Craig Mazin revealed that an actor has been chosen for when season two starts filming – but didn’t name anyone, sadly.
Rumours are still rife that Shannon Berry of The Wilds fame will play Abby because of their physical similarities. The actress also follows Mazin’s co-showrunner Neil Druckmann on Instagram, as well as Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey, who play series leads Joel and Ellie.
In a 2020 tweet, Berry commented on their likeness, writing: “Ok I’ve seen too many people now say I look like Abby from The Last of Us and wow they’re kind of right.”
The first season of The Last of Us received universal critical acclaim for its faithfulness to the source material, the chemistry between Pascal and Ramsey and the high production value.
The third episode – titled ‘Long Long Time’ – was particularly lauded; shifting focus from Joel and Ellie to chronicle the love story between paranoid survivalist Bill (Nick Offerman) and his partner Frank (Murray Bartlett), it has since been hailed as one of the best episodes of television ever broadcast.
While season one closely mirrored the main events of the first game in the series, the second game will reportedly take “more than one season”.
Mazin and Druckmann were asked by British GQ if the second season will “span the entire course” of Part II, to which Mazin swiftly responded: “No. No way.” He refused to reveal how many seasons it would take, but did share that “more than one is factually correct”.
“Some of the stuff I’m most excited for [in Part 2] are the changes we’ve discussed and seeing the story come to life again in this other version,” added Druckmann. “And I think it’s exciting because it leans into those feelings you had from the game, really heavily, in a new way.”
Another significant player we can expect to be cast in season two is Dina, Ellie’s close friend who ultimately becomes her partner. Upon the release of Part II, Dina was lauded by the fandom and the nonchalant depiction of her bisexuality was hailed as groundbreaking.
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