The Last Of Us Fans Are Convinced HBO Has Cast Its Abby For Season 2

The Last Of Us Fans Are Convinced HBO Has Cast Its Abby For Season 2
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Tom Chapman


23rd Jan 2023 10:27

What is it about casting video game adaptations that are so toxic? From Lance Reddick playing a race-flipped Albert Wesker in Netflix's Resident Evil 2 to Mark Wahlberg sticking on a moustache to play Sully in Uncharted, fans are sure to voice their opinions.

It was much the same casting Ellie and Joel for HBO's The Last of Us, and while even the harshest critics seem to be coming around to Bella Ramsey and Pedro Pascal, we could be set for a whole new controversy in Season 2. 

Has The Last Of Us Cast Abby For Season 2?

Even though we're enjoying this deep dive into Naughty Dog's fungal apocalypse, that hasn't stopped us from looking ahead of The Last of Us' nine-episode run to the inevitable Season 2.

We already know showrunner Craig Mazin's hopes to adapt 2020's The Last of Us Part II, which would definitely mean casting game antagonist, Abby Anderson. 

Before you go throwing your own names into the mix, it's been noted that Neil Druckmann has started following The Wilds' Shannon Berry. 

It could be just a coincidence that she's also following Druckmann back, but it's been noted that Berry has previously tweeted about how people think she looks like Abby. 

Abby voice actor Laura Bailey has said she'd love to play the character again, but as she's 41, Abby's whole character would have to be completely overhauled - which we doubt would happen.

Fans React To Casting Abby

As you can imagine, opinions were split on Berry playing Abby. "Why do people keep looking for lookalikes to play roles they certainly don't fit. Jeezuzzzz," says one.

Another critic added, "She aint got the build, even if she worked the hell out, Abby needs to look intimidating, she needs to have a presence. Bella is gonna have a hell of a workout routine to take up for S2."

One Berry supporter said, "Phenomenal casting if it happens," while another concluded, "Hey, she’s 22. Bella Ramsey is 19. Their age difference is spot on for Ellie and Abby."

There have been a lot of suggestions from viewers, with the likes of Solo's Erin Kellyman being thrown around. The big one we keep seeing is MCU favourite, Florence Pugh.

It remains to be seen whether there's more to the Berry situation, but it's been noted she also follows Pascal and Ramsey. This could simply be her trying to get herself cast, but watch this space.

Tom is Trending News Editor at GGRecon, with an NCTJ qualification in Broadcast Journalism and over seven years of experience writing about film, gaming, and television. With bylines at IGN, Digital Spy, Den of Geek, and more, Tom’s love of horror means he's well-versed in all things Resident Evil, with aspirations to be the next Chris Redfield.

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