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Kaitlyn Dever Joins The Last of Us Season 2

Dever will star as Abby.

Kaitlyn Dever has joined The Last of Us Season 2 in a pivotal role.

Showrunner Craig Mazin has hinted that they had an idea of who they wanted for the tole of Abby, previously teasing the reveal before the strikes sent Hollywood into a freeze. Now, months later, Kaitlyn Dever, featured in Booksmart, No One Will Save You, and Uncharted 4, joins the cast in one of the most polarizing roles in the series.

The role of Abby can’t be discussed without diving into heavy story spoilers for the sequel, as she is a catalyst for many of the events that unfold. HBO calls Abby “a skilled soldier whose black-and-white view of the world is challenged as she seeks vengeance for those she loved.”

Kaitlyn Dever joins as a catalyst for season 2

Dever was previously in the running to star as Ellie in The Last of Us for HBO before Bella Ramsey was cast in season 1. Dever has been nominated for several projects, including an Emmy for Dopesick and a Golden Globe for Unbelievable. 

Fans might notice that Abby is muscular and more imposing than Ellie. Mazin says they followed a similar process for season 1, “Our casting process for season 2 has been identical to season 1: we look for world-class actors who embody the souls of the characters in the source material,” he said. “Nothing matters more than talent, and we’re thrilled to have an acclaimed performer like Kaitlyn join Pedro, Bella, and the rest of our family.”

Last week, The Last of Us season 1 won eight Emmy awards after being nominated for 24.

Here are the eight Creative Arts Emmys The Last of Us has already won:

  • Outstanding special visual effects in a season or movie
  • Outstanding main title design
  • Outstanding sound editing for a comedy or drama series (one hour) and animation
  • Outstanding sound mixing for a comedy or drama series (one hour)
  • Outstanding picture editing for a drama series
  • Outstanding guest actress in a drama series – Storm Reid as Riley Abel
  • Outstanding guest actor in a drama series – Nick Offerman as Bill

Series creator Neil Druckmann and showrunner Craig Mazin adapted the first game with season 1. Now, the pair are looking to expand the second season across multiple seasons, set five years after the events of season 1.

The Last of Us season 2 will begin filming this year ahead of a scheduled 2025 premiere on HBO.