The Last Of Us Cast: Who Plays Each Character In The HBO Series

Joel with flashlight in HBO's The Last Of Us
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Back in March 2020, I was stunned at seeing the news that HBO was developing a series based on The Last of Us, one of my all-time favorite video games. At first, I was happy but couldn't believe it. Now here we are, and Season 1 has aired and received amazing reviews, broke tons of records, and is already on track for The Last of Us Season 2

With Season 1 all done, the cast has truly impressed and shown off in more ways than one. After the legendary first season, I think it’s only fair to keep this update with cast info, from the characters we saw a little of in Season 1, to who we just might get to see again in Season 2. 

Also – minor spoiler warning for those who aren’t caught up with The Last of Us Season 1!

Pedro Pascal on The Last of Us

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Pedro Pascal (Joel, Season 1-)

First up is Pedro Pascal, who plays Joel in The Last of Us, the rough and tough survivor of the apocalypse who is assigned to get Ellie across the country to a facility because of her immunity to the virus that's decimated the population. 

Pascal is known for plenty of big shows and movies, but some of his biggest have been the Disney+ original show, The Mandalorian, and in 2022 , co-starring in the hilarious comedy, The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, alongside Nicolas Cage. He was also a part of the Game of Thrones cast for a bit during Season 4, where he played Prince Oberyn Martell. Since Pedro Pascal is the star of the show, he is very much expected to return in Season 2.

Bella Ramsey in The Last of Us.

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Bella Ramsey (Ellie, Season 1-)

You can’t have Joel without Ellie in The Last of Us, and playing the spunky fourteen-year-old is Bella Ramsey, who really made the role her own in Season 1 of the series.

The young actress has already appeared on HBO before as Lyanna Mormont in Game of Thrones, as well as in His Dark Materials, and is continuing to show just how brilliant she is as an actress going forward in her young life. Ramsey is most certainly expected to return in Season 2 of the series, as even the creators of the series have put to rest the idea of her getting re-casted since Season 2 is most likely going to feature a time-jump that was used in the games.

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Nico Parker (Sarah, Season 1)

Sarah is Joel’s young daughter in The Last of Us, and she was played by Nico Parker. The young actress has appeared in movies like Dumbo and Reminiscence, and also had the part of Ellie in the TV series, The Third Day. However, Sarah is not expected in Season 2.  

Bill sitting outside having wine in HBO's The Last of Us

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Nick Offerman (Bill, Season 1)

One half of a survival duo living in a small, isolated town is Bill, a hardened survivor who really knows how to stay alive in this world by setting traps. Nick Offerman plays Bill in The Last of Us, and really made Bill’s story that much better alongside his partner, Frank. 

Offerman is primarily known for his role as Ron Swanson in the Parks and Recreation cast, but he’s done plenty of other great work, including having a major role in the Pam & Tommy cast, working on the sci-fi series, Devs, and more. Bill is not expected to be in Season 2. 

Gabriel Luna in The Last of Us.

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Gabriel Luna (Tommy, Season 1-)

Playing Joel’s brother and a former soldier, Tommy, in The Last of Us is Gabriel Luna. The actor has been in many TV shows before, with one of his biggest roles being in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., where he played Ghost Rider/Robbie Reyes. Luna was also in the films Matador, and Terminator: Dark Fate. 

Tommy wasn’t featured that much in the first season of the show, but he most certainly played a major part in Joel’s story. And since Joel and Ellie were heading back to Tommy’s base in Jackson at the end of Season 1, it would make sense to expect Luna to return for Season 2. 

Rutina Wesley in The Last of Us.

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Rutina Wesley (Maria, Season 1-)

Playing Maria in The Last of Us Season 1 is Rutina Wesley, the wife of Tommy and one of the leaders of the Jackson Safe Zone, where Ellie and Joel are heading to in the finale of Season 1. Wesley has been in a variety of television shows before, including the main cast of True Blood, The Cleveland Show, Arrow, Queen Sugar and Hannibal

Wesley also appeared in movies such as How She Move, 13 Sings, Last Weekend, The Perfect Guy and Outsiders

Since Maria was pregnant when Joel and Ellie left Jackson the first time, it wouldn’t be that surprising to see her there with a child alongside Tommy when Joel and Ellie return. So I’d say it’s a safe bet to expect her to return in Season 2. 

Marlene in The Last of Us.

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Merle Dandridge (Marlene, Season 1)

Next up, we have Merle Dandridge, who plays Marlene, the Firefly resistance leader in The Last of Us. Merle Dandridge actually did the voice and motion-capture work for Marlene in the original The Last of Us video game, so it’s sick to see her return to the role in the TV adaptation. 

But, besides her video game work, Dandridge has appeared in many TV shows like Station 19, the fantastic HBO Max original, The Flight Attendant, Sons of Anarchy, and more. Dandridge is not expected to be in Season 2. 

Tess outside in The Last of Us

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Anna Torv (Tess, Season 1)

Tess is another survivor and a smuggler alongside Joel in The Last of Us, and she's played by Anna Torv in the TV series. 

Torv is primarily known for her role as Olivia Dunham on the popular sci-fi series, Fringe, and also had a main role as Wendy Carr on the amazing Netflix series you should definitely binge, Mindhunter. She also had a main role as Harriet Dunkley in Secret City.  Tess is not expected to be in Season 2.

Frank at piano with Bill in HBO's The Last of Us

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Murray Bartlett (Frank, Season 1)

Frank is the other half of the survival duo in The Last of Us with Bill who lives in that isolated town, and he is played by Murray Bartlett. 

Bartlett is among the cast of The White Lotus Season 1, and in the revival on Netflix of Tales of the City. Bartlett also played Vinnie Green in the Apple TV+ series, Physical. Frank is not expected to be in Season 2.

Storm Reid in The Last of Us.

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Storm Reid (Riley, Season 1)

Next up on the list for The Last of Us cast is Storm Reid, a young actress who is really making her name in Hollywood recently. In Season 1, Reid played Riley, Ellie’s best friend from before she was bit. 

Reid is mainly known for her part in the Euphoria cast as Rue’s younger sister, Gia, but she’s done plenty of other work, too. Some of her biggest roles so far have been in Don’t Let Go, The Invisible Man, and she had a major part in When They See Us on Netflix, as well as a smaller role in The Suicide Squad. She was also the star of the movie, A Wrinkle in Time. 

Riley is not expected to be in Season 2.

Melanie Lynskey in The Last of Us

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Melanie Lynskey (Kathleen, Season 1)

Melanie Lynskey plays Kathleen in Season 1 of The Last of Us, the brutal leader of a revolutionary movement in Kansas City and someone who was on the hunt for Henry and Sam. Lynskey is known for many roles prior to this show, including her big part in the hit sitcom, Two and a Half Men, as Rose, as well as her starring role in the Showtime series, Yellowjackets, but it was even cooler to see her in this show as well. 

Lynskey also had roles in movies such as Sweet Home Alabama, But I’m A Cheerleader, The Perks of Being A Wallflower, Don’t Look Up, The Intervention and more. Her character, Kathleen, is not expected to be in Season 2.

Jeffrey Pierce in The Last of Us.

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Jeffrey Pierce (Perry, Season 1)

Next up, we have Perry, Kathleen’s right-hand man, in The Last of Us, who is played by Jeffrey Pierce. Originally, Pierce actually portrayed Tommy in the original game, but in Season 1 of The Last of Us, he had the recurring role of Perry for a couple of episodes.

Pierce has done plenty in Hollywood besides his voice-acting skills, appearing in many shows such as Drop Dead Diva, Castle, Castle Rock, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and more. Perry is not expected to be in Season 2 of The Last of Us. 

Lamar Johnson in The Last of Us.

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Lamar Johnson (Henry, Season 1)

Moving on, we have Lamar Johnson, who plays Henry in Season 1 of The Last of Us, a survivor that Joel and Ellie meet out on the road when he and his brother, Sam, are hiding from a revolutionary movement in Kansas City. 

Johnson has appeared in a few films that you might recognize him from, such as Dark Phoenix, All the Bright Places, and Brother. He also had a main role in The Next Step as West, and appeared in the great Showtime series, Your Honor. Henry is not expected to be in Season 2.

Keivonn Woodard in The Last of Us.

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Keivonn Woodard (Sam, Season 1)

Next up, we have the little brother of Henry, named Sam, in The Last Of Us. Keivonn Woodard is relatively new to Hollywood, and has only had one appearance prior to his role in The Last of Us, in the film Seeds of Hope: The Andrew Foster Story. But, hopefully, after The Last Of Us, we’ll get to see even more of him. Sam is not expected to appear in Season 2.

Ashley Johnson in The Last of Us.

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Ashley Johnson (Anna)

For those who have never played the original game, Ashley Johnson is actually the voice and motion-capture of Ellie in both games, and has become a huge fan-favorite – so I am especially happy that she is going to be appearing in The Last of Us TV show as Anna, otherwise known as Ellie’s mother in the games, according to Entertainment Weekly.

Johnson has appeared in several movies as well, including The Help, What Women Want and Much Ado About Nothing, but has also appeared in many television shows such as Growing Pains, Critical Role, Blindspot and more. She’s also a voice actress and has done work for shows like Teen Titans and Recess. Anna is not expected to appear in Season 2.

David in HBO's The Last of Us

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Scott Shepherd (David, Season 1)

Next up, we have Scott Shepherd, who played David  in The Last of Us. David was quite a memorable face in both the movies and television show, and Scott Shepherd killed it in the role. 

Scott Shepherd has appeared in movies such as And So It Goes, the X-Men film, Dark Phoenix, First Cow, El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, Radium Girls, and more. He’s also had roles in television shows such as The Young Pope, True Detective, Wormwood and Bluff City Law, among others. David is not expected to be in Season 2.

Troy Baker in The Last of Us.

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Troy Baker (James, Season 1)

Last but not least, we have Troy Baker, another familiar face for fans of the franchise. He was the voice and motion-capture behind Joel in the video game. While Pedro Pascal plays Joel in the series, Baker appears in The Last of Us TV show in the role of James, one of David’s men out in the woods.

Baker is known a lot for his voice roles and being able to portray so many different characters, from Samuel Drake in the Uncharted franchise, to Delsin Rowe in Infamous Sons, all the way to Higgs Monaghan in Death Stranding and voicing even superheroes like Batman and Hawkeye. He’s even done voice-dubs for popular anime like Bleach and Fullmetal Alchemist. You’ll most likely recognize his brilliant voice-acting before anything else since that’s what he’s predominantly known for. 

With so many great names here, I’m even more excited to see what comes next for this fantastic series. Season 2 is going to take some time to get here, but maybe if we’re patient enough we can get some more updates soon. The next year can’t go by quick enough so we can see what new cast members we can add onto here. 

Alexandra Ramos
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A self-proclaimed nerd and lover of Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire, Alexandra Ramos is a Content Producer at CinemaBlend. She first started off working in December 2020 as a Freelance Writer after graduating from the Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Journalism and a minor in English. She primarily works in features for movies, TV, and sometimes video games. (Please don't debate her on The Last of Us 2, it was amazing!) She is also the main person who runs both our daily newsletter, The CinemaBlend Daily, and our ReelBlend newsletter.