The Last of Us Season 2 Cast: Every Actor & Character Expected to Appear

By Aeron Mer Eclarinal Updated:
The Last of Us, Pedro Pascal as Joel, Bella Ramsey as Ellie, Abby

The Last of Us Season 2 is set to return with franchise mainstays and more characters from Naughty Dog's hit video game.

The Last of Us had a stellar first season that was highlighted by game-accurate moments and capped off by a controversial finale.

While Season 2 is confirmed to be based on the thrilling events of The Last of Us Part II, showrunner Craig Mazin revealed that it "won’t be exactly like the game," noting that "sometimes it will be different radically, and sometimes it will be fairly different.

The Last of Us Season 2 Actors & Characters

Here are the actors and characters who are expected to return in Season 2 of Max's The Last of Us.

Pedro Pascal - Joel

Pedro Pascal, Joel, The Last of Us
Pedro Pascal

After his controversial decision to save Ellie from the Fireflies in the Season 1 finale, Pedro Pascal's return as Joel in Season 2 is highly-anticipated, considering the character's much-talked-about fate from the game. 

In The Last of Us Part II, Joel died during the opening minutes of the game, shocking players and fans everywhere. 

In April 2023, Pascal played coy about Joel's fate in Season 2, saying, "[he doesn't] know that [he's] emotionally ready for it" if it were to happen.

The Last of Us showrunner Craig Mazin also didn't directly answer if Joel will die, with him noting that adapting the fates of certain characters from the game revolves around "[doing] what [they] want to in a way that is best for the show that [they're] making." 

Given the game-accurate nature of HBO's The Last of Us, it is likely that Pascal's Joel will meet his (unfortunate) demise in Season 2, especially after Bella Ramsey teased the actor's reduced role in the upcoming batch of installments. 

Bella Ramsey - Ellie

Bella Ramsey, Ellie, The Last of Us
Bella Ramsey

The Last of Us Part II pushed Ellie to the forefront, having her serve as the game's main protagonist. Given the current narrative trajectory of the show, the same is expected to be true for Bella Ramsey's iteration of the character in Season 2. 

In the game, Ellie took a brutal revenge tour after Joel died, with her seeking retribution against Abby and the Washington Liberation Front (WLF). Along the way, she also encountered the Scars that took her kill count to another level. 

In fact, Ramsey already teased Ellie's violent turn in Season 2, noting how her encounter with David in Season 1 shaped her shift in character. 

Aside from Elle's path to revenge, Season 2 is also expected to address her reaction upon finding out what Joel did to save her from the Fireflies. 

Gabriel Luna - Tommy

Gabriel Luna, Tommy, The Last of Us
Gabriel Luna

At the end of Season 1, Joel and Ellie went back to Jackson to seek refuge (for good). This meant that Gabriel Luna's Tommy will have a bigger role in Season 2 due to his status as one of the leaders of the Jackson community.

In The Last of Us Part II, Tommy served as another mentor to Ellie, teaching her how to be better with snipers. When Joel died, Tommy was actually the first one who left Jackson to find his brother's killers.

Rutina Wesley - Maria

Rutina Wesley, Maria, The Last of Us
Rutina Wesley

Rutina Wesley's Maria is also one of the leaders of the Jackson community and Tommy's wife. In the series, Maria is pregnant, which is a major deviation from the game. 

It's possible that the stakes are even higher for Tommy to return, knowing that he already has a kid by the time of the events of Season 2.

In The Last of Us Part II, Maria was initially reluctant to let Ellie and Dina go after the WLF but she had no choice but to let them go to try and help Tommy who already left to seek revenge.

Daryn Dolinski - Jerry Anderson (Surgeon)

Daryn Dolinski, Surgeon, The Last of Us
Daryn Dolinski

Despite having a brief role in Season 1, Daryn Dolinski's Jerry Anderson is expected to be a significant part of Season 2, but it will only be via flashbacks. 

The actor portrayed the surgeon who tried to extract the cordyceps out of Ellie's brain but was ultimately killed by Joel. 

In The Last of Us Part II, Jerry is Abby's father, meaning that he is the reason why the former Firefly-turned-WLF member decided to find and kill Joel. 

Still, there's still a possibility that the role will be recast.

Laura Bailey

Laura Bailey, Surgeon, The Last of Us
Laura Bailey

Laura Bailey served as the voice of Abby in The Last of Us Part II

Although the voice actress had a brief cameo as a nurse in the Season 1 finale, it's possible that Bailey could return to play a different character in Season 2, similar to how original Joel and Ellie voice actors Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson made a comeback in the series. 

Kaitlyn Dever - Abby

Abby, The Last of Us Part II
Naughty Dog

In June 2023, The Last of Us showrunner Craig Mazin confirmed that no actress has been cast yet as Abby for Season 2, debunking rumors about Shannon Berry or Katy O'Brian's involvement. 

Fast forward to January 2023, Kaitlyn Dever is confirmed to star in Season 2 as Abby. The character is described as “a skilled soldier whose black-and-white view of the world is challenged as she seeks vengeance for those she loved.”

In an official joint statement, The Last of Us co-creators Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann explained the show's casting process for Season 2 while also offering high praise to Dever: 

“Our casting process for season two has been identical to season one: we look for world-class actors who embody the souls of the characters in the source material. 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.”

Abby is yet another important character in The Last of Us Part II. Aside from being Joel's killer and Ellie's main enemy, the character had a significant arc with former Seraphite members Lev and Yara that allowed her to rediscover her purpose in life after vengeance.

Dever is best known for her roles in Rosalinde, Booksmart, Next Goal Wins, and Dopesick.

Isabel Merced - Dina

Dina, The Last of Us Part II
Naughty Dog

Dina served as Ellie's main love interest in The Last of Us Part II. The character also assists Ellie in her quest for revenge against the WLF. 

Interestingly, The Last of Us Season 1 already teased her arrival, strongly indicating that she's a safe bet to appear in Season 2. 

In January 2023, HBO, via TV Line, announced that Isabel Merced (Superman: Legacy and Dora and the Lost City of Gold) has joined the cast of Season 2 as Dina. 

Dina's official character description reveals that she is “a free-wheeling spirit whose devotion to Ellie will be tested by the brutality of the world they inhabit.”

The Last of Us co-creators Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann said in a joint statement that Merced embodies Dina's strong traits: 

“Dina is warm, brilliant, wild, funny, moral, dangerous and instantly lovable. You can search forever for an actor who effortlessly embodies all of those things, or you can find Isabela Merced right away. We couldn’t be prouder to have her join our family.”

Merced is set to star as Hawkgirl in James Gunn's Superman: Legacy. The actress also appeared in 100 Things to Do Before High School, Growing Up Fisher, and done voice work for Maya and the Three.

Young Mazino - Jesse

Jesse, The Last of Us Part II
Naughty Dog

Jessie is Ellie's loyal friend, Dina's ex-boyfriend, and the Jackson community's patrol leader.

In The Last of Us Part II, Jesse follows Ellie and Dina in Seattle to assist them in their fight against the WLF. 

BEEF star Young Mazino is attached to play as Jesse in The Last of Us Season 2. 

An official character description from HBO calls Jesse “a pillar of his community who puts everyone else’s needs before his own, sometimes at terrible cost."

Mazino had a memorable performance as Paul Cho in Netflix's BEEF that earned him a Best Supporting Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie Emmy Nomination. The actor also appeared in Prodigal Son, Blue Bloods, and New Amsterdam.


Owen, The Last of Us Part II
Naughty Dog

Owen is Abby's love interest, a former Firefly, and a current member of the WLF in The Last of Us Part II. Despite clearly having feelings for Abby, Owen actually had Mel as his girlfriend in the game, making things complicated. 

In the game, Owen is one of Abby's accomplices in killing Joel, thus making her a target for Ellie. 


Mel, The Last of Us Part II
Naughty Dog

Mel is Owen's current girlfriend, a former Firefly, and a member of the WLF. In the game, it was revealed that she is pregnant with Owen's child. 

Aside from doing patrols, Mel also serves as one of the WLF's medic assistants. Mel was also present during Abby's murder of Joel. 


Nora, The Last of Us Part II
Naughty Dog

Nora is another former Firely-turned-WLF member in The Last of Us Part II that helped Abby in her quest to murder Joel. 

In the game, Nora and Ellie had an infamous chase scene that was capped off by the latter's violent torture of the former to try and obtain Abby's location.


Manny, The Last of Us Part II
Naughty Dog

Manny is Abby's closest friend (sans Owen) in The Last of Us Part II. The character is also a former Firefly-turned-WLF member who assisted Abby in murdering Joel. 


Isaac, The Last of Us Part II
Naughty Dog

Isaac is the leader of the Washington Liberation Front in The Last of Us Part II

The ruthless and egoistic leader of the group served as Abby's secondary antagonist. 


Lev, The Last of Us Part II
Naughty Dog

Lev was a former member of the Seraphites aka Scars who formed a bond with Abby that ultimately led to them being allies in the second half of the game. Lev is Yara's brother.

Lev's expertise with the bow served as an advantage for him and Abby as they escape the forces of both the WLF and the Scars.


Yara, The Last of Us Part II
Naughty Dog

Yara is Lev's sister and a former Scar who eventually became Abby's ally.

She helped her brother escape the Scars after Lev's identity defied the group's beliefs, eventually leading to them meeting Abby.

Catherine O'Hara 

Catherine O'Hara
Catherine O'Hara 

In February 2024, Max confirmed that Argylle star Catherine O'Hara has joined the cast of HBO's The Last of Us Season 2. 

The actress' role in the upcoming season is still being kept under wraps, but some have theorized that she could be the leader of the Seraphites. 

O'Hara has an impressive resume of acting credits, with roles in Schitt's Creek, the Home Alone movies, and Beetlejuice. 

The Last of Us Season 1 is streaming on Max.

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Release Date
January 15, 2023
- About The Author: Aeron Mer Eclarinal
Aeron is a news/features writer and Content Lead for The Direct who has been working for the site since March 2020. From writing about the inter-connectivity of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to having an extended knowledge about DC TV's Arrowverse, Aeron's expertise has since expanded into the realm of reality TV, K-drama, animated, and live-action shows from Netflix,  Disney+, Prime Video, MGM+, Peacock, Paramount+, and Max. When he isn't writing and watching all things MCU, Aeron is heavily invested with the NBA (go Celtics!) and occasionally watches thrilling matches in the WWE.