The online rumor mill is abuzz with speculation that HBO’s The Last of Us adaptation has cast an actor to portray polarizing Part II character Abby.
The Last of Us fans are convinced that the HBO series has already cast controversial character Abby Anderson.
Twitter is abuzz with speculation that the show’s co-creators Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann have hired The Wilds star Shannon Berry to portray the live-action incarnation of Abby. Fans cite Berry’s self-professed resemblance to Abby as proof she’s landed the role, as well as Druckmann following the actor on Instagram. That said, HBO is yet to officially comment on who will play Abby in the show, which means that Berry joining the cast should be treated as pure speculation for now.
Introduced in The Last of Us Part II, Abby Anderson is among the most polarizing characters in the franchise. This is due in part to Abby killing The Last of Us protagonist Joel relatively early in the sequel — a development that some fans argue does the Joel character a disservice. Mazin and Druckmann have yet to confirm when Abby will appear in the HBO series, however, the pair previously indicated that the second season would adapt The Last of Us Part II. Given Abby’s central role in that game’s story, it stands to reason that she will make her debut in Season 2, at the latest.
HBO’s The Last of Us Includes Cut Content
Mazin and Druckmann also have plans to include material not found in the source material itself. According to Druckmann, the HBO series will feature content cut from The Last of Us when Naughty Dog was still developing the game. “There’s stuff that was written that we didn’t get a chance to put in the game that is in the show,” he said. “So, you’ll get to see an enrichment of these characters… It’s interesting, we’ve now talked to people who have watched the entire season and went back and played the game, and they said the game is now richer having watched the show.”
Another key difference between the games and the show is the level of graphic bloodshed on display. Druckmann revealed in a previous interview that there are fewer violent moments in The Last of Us adaptation than in its video game counterpart. He went on to say that this was done for a very specific reason. “That [decision] allowed the violence to have even more impact than in the game, because when you hold on showing the threat and you’re seeing people’s reaction to a threat, that makes it scarier,” Druckmann said.
The Last of Us is currently streaming on HBO and HBO Max.
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