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You're my people.
— Abby talking to Lev[6]

Abigail "Abby" Anderson is the playable false protagonist of The Last of Us Part II.[7][8] A member of the Fireflies broken by tragedy when Joel Miller murdered her father Jerry Anderson, Abby made it her mission to avenge Jerry's demise.[9] However, it is only after her vengeance that she embarks on a journey with companion Lev and rediscovers purpose in her life.[6]

Biography

Background and early life

Abby is the daughter of Jerry Anderson, the head surgeon who worked for the Fireflies and was killed by Joel Miller when rescuing Ellie. Her father raised her as a member of the Fireflies during the apocalypse and took her to live in Salt Lake City where he worked on making a vaccine for the Cordyceps Brain Infection.[9]

Events of The Last of Us Part II

Salt Lake City

Abby tracks her father to the remains of the zoo in Salt Lake City, having left his station to tend to a pregnant zebra he has been watching. She offers her father a state quarter she found if he will stop abandoning his protective detail (something that they both collect), but he convinces her to help him search for the zebra.

Abby, Jerry, and Owen save the mother zebra.

They continue through the woods, following the zebra's tracks until discovering the afterbirth and realizing she has already delivered her foal. Soon after, they find her tangled in barbed wire. Owen Moore arrives, frantically looking for Jerry and insisting he is needed at the hospital. With Owen's help, the Andersons free the zebra, who runs off to join her foal. Owen then informs Jerry that the Fireflies found the girl in the tunnels. The trio hurry off towards the hospital.

Later that evening, Abby brings her father food whilst he is arguing with Marlene over whether they should take Ellie's life in order to potentially create the cure for the Cordyceps Brain Infection. Marlene reluctantly approves the surgery and exits. Abby reassures her father that if she was in the same place as Ellie, she would gladly undergo the surgery to secure a cure.[9]

After Joel fights through the Fireflies[10] and escapes with Ellie, Abby runs to the operating room to check on her father. Entering the room, she sees him lying on the ground covered in blood, dead, with Owen and Manny having also discovered the scene. Abby cries out and Owen consoles her.[9]

Abby breaks down upon learning her father was murdered.

With both Jerry and Marlene dead, the Fireflies disband, leaving Abby and her friends to head towards Seattle to join the Washington Liberation Front.

Joining the WLF

Months later, Owen and Abby are on the Ferris wheel by the Seattle marina. Owen rocks the gondola and Abby begs him to stop. Abby, suffering from acrophobia, does not want to look at the view near the edge of the cabin. She makes excuses about why she does not want to sit near the edge, while Owen teases her. Eventually Owen stands on the edge of the gondola and, saying that he always loved her, jumps off the wheel. Abby, worried he is hurt or killed by the fall, rushes to the edge of the gondola to see the ocean below. When he does not resurface, Abby leaps down into the water after him. It is revealed that Owen survived the jump and that he found "something awesome". Though protesting that they need to head back for training, she follows Owen to investigate.

Abby and Owen find an underwater entrance to the Seattle aquarium. The pair explore, finding a "theater for fish" and a makeshift dock with a sailboat. Inside the boat, they find evidence of a family living there, including a child's drawings. Abby and Owen continue deeper into the aquarium, finding more evidence of the family that had lived there. Above the lobby, they find the captain of the boat, now a skeleton with a letter in his hands. The letter reveals that the children ran away to join the Seraphites and left their father for dead.

Abby and Owen observe a seal.

Owen find the keys to the aquarium on the corpse and they eventually find an underwater observation dome, still full of life. Abby and Owen share a kiss before stopping short. Abby confides in Owen that she still has a powerful need to find Joel, despite their leads running dry. She asks him to head back with her so they can make it to training. Owen decides to stay and explore the aquarium a while longer, and Abby leaves.[9]

Killing Joel

Years later, Abby returns to the aquarium in search of Owen. Owen has made the aquarium something of a hideout, cleaning it up and furnishing it with lights and decorations. Abby and Owen chat and banter, though not quite as easily as before. In the time since they first discovered the aquarium, Abby and Owen have broken up, and he is now dating their friend Mel. When Abby beats his record for shooting targets with a toy bow and arrow set, Owen hesitates to put her name on the scoreboard, worried that Mel will be unhappy that Abby was here with him.

Abby and Owen head to the lounge, which Mel has decked out in Christmas fashion. They share some of Owen's home-brewed moonshine, and discuss what Abby came for. Though it has been years since the events in Salt Lake City, she has a tip that Tommy Miller is living in a settlement near Wyoming. Hoping this will lead to finally tracking down Joel, Abby wants to see the lead through. Owen discourages this, since the lead may be no good and she probably will not get approval from Isaac to travel so far from Seattle. Abby counters that she already has Isaac's permission, and their ex-Firefly friends are on board as well. Owen concedes, and agrees to join her on the journey to Jackson.[11]

Abby learns Owen got Mel pregnant.

By early March, Abby and her crew take shelter in an abandoned lodge near Jackson. Abby jolts awake just before dawn, plagued by nightmares. She finds Owen already awake and dressed, and he tells her to grab her gear so he can show her what he has found.

After a hike through the mountains, they come to an overlook of Jackson. They take stock of the settlement, Owen noting that an armed patrol had ridden out earlier. Seeing how large and well equipped the settlement at Jackson seems, Owen is skeptical that they will be able to get the information they came for. Abby insists they can corner and question one of the patrols, but Owen thinks the others will want to head back for Seattle rather than risk antagonizing such a large settlement. Owen also reveals that Mel is pregnant. They argue, leading to Owen returning to the lodge while Abby forges ahead to one of Jackson's lookouts alone.

Abby convinces Joel and Tommy to flee the Infected horde with her.

Along the way, Abby is forced to make her way through several abandoned houses, and encounters a few groups of Runners. Eventually, she crosses horse tracks, and follows them toward the lookout. A storm rolls in and Abby finds herself in the middle of a horde of the Infected. She outruns them for a time, but a Runner pins her down and attempts to bite her. Joel and Tommy, who are out on patrol, rescue her and the three of them fight their way back to the horses. Abby suggests they retreat to the lodge as a way to escape both the horde and the storm and they ride out.

"You stupid old man. You don't get to rush this."

Once Abby, Joel, and Tommy make it to the lodge, the rest of Abby's group secure the gates from the Infected. Tommy and Joel introduce themselves and thank the group them for their help and hospitality. The mood in the room changes upon Joel revealing his name. Abby shoots Joel in the leg with a shotgun, and the others subdue Tommy. Joel asks Abby who she is. Abby tells him to guess, but he tells her to make her speech and "get this over with". Abby orders Mel to tourniquet Joel's leg, while she grabs a golf club, then uses it to beat Joel.

Abby torturing Joel.

A while later, Ellie breaks into the room but Nora and Nick subdue her. Owen, worried more people from Jackson will find them, tells Abby to end it so they can leave. Ignoring Ellie's pleas for Joel's life, Abby smashes his head with the golf club, killing him. The others argue about whether to leave Ellie and Tommy alive or not; Owen decides to spare them and Abby watches as Ellie is knocked out. With Joel dead, and Ellie and Tommy unconscious, Abby and her group leave the lodge before reinforcements arrive.[12]

Return to Seattle

Weeks later, Abby is still haunted by nightmares about her father's death. She is awoken from one such dream by Manny. He informs her that both of them are being transferred to the Forward Operating Base on Isaac's orders. They pass through the cafeteria in SoundView Stadium. Manny checks in with his father, while Abby stops to talk with Jordan. Jordan tells her he is being dispatched to the Serevena Hotel to collect supplies and then return to the FOB. He expresses frustration that they appear to be ceding ground to the Seraphites, though Abby seems optimistic that this is part of a larger plan.

Abby and Manny pick up Alice from the kennels.

Abby lines up for food only for Manny to cut in line to speed up the process. When he takes an extra burrito, Abby questions him and Manny admits that Mel will also be joining them on the drive. Abby is unenthusiastic about this news, as her relationship with Mel has been strained since Jackson.

Mel, now visibly pregnant, joins them, and they pick up their regular dog, Alice, from the kennel before heading out to the Forward Operating Base. Abby and Manny briefly enter the firing range to practice using their Semi-Auto Rifles, with the winner making the loser clean their shared room that week. Afterwards, they approach their designated truck. Manny lets the dog take the passenger seat, forcing Abby and Mel to ride in the back. The pair talk about Mel's pregnancy, and how Owen has been distant since their return from Jackson. Soon, Seraphites on horseback ambush their truck. Manny attempts to outmaneuver them, but they eventually crash outside a large hardware store.

Abby's group leave the stadium.

Now on foot, Abby, Manny, Mel, and Alice make their way through the hardware store and a boat repair shop. They encounter more Seraphite patrols, and are eventually pinned down in a gas station. Before they can be completely overwhelmed, a WLF platoon arrives. They kill the remaining Seraphites, and give Abby's group a ride the rest of the way to the FOB.

Arriving at the base, Abby notices Mel sustained a cut to her back in the fight with the Seraphite patrol. Mel is taken for medical treatment while Abby and Manny check in with Isaac to report the ambush. Before meeting with Isaac, they head to the medical tent to check on Mel. They find Nora helping to treat Mel's injury. Nora takes Abby and Manny aside, and tells them that Danny, Owen's patrol partner, is dead, and Owen is missing.

Abby and Manny continue into the base to meet with Isaac. They pass cells where Seraphites are kept for torture, and find Isaac in the middle of an interrogation. Isaac leaves the maimed Seraphite with a WLF guard and takes Abby and Manny to an upper floor to speak with them.

"I need you, Abby."

Isaac reveals he is recalling all WLF units to the FOB, with the intent to launch a large-scale attack on the Seraphite Island. Isaac charges Abby and Manny with leading the assault, and instructs them to choose their squads. Abby says she wants Owen for her group, and asks when he and Danny will be back from patrol. Isaac sees through her feigned nonchalance, explaining that he has not sent a search party out for Owen because Owen shot Danny to protect a Seraphite. Abby insists Owen would not do that, and asks to be allowed to search for him, but Isaac refuses to give her leave. He then dismisses the pair.[9]

Searching for Owen

Suspecting Owen will hide out in the aquarium, Abby decides to go look for him despite Isaac's orders. Manny helps her sneak out, and she makes her way through Chinatown. On the way, she passes a location known as Martyr's Gate, where the Seraphite Prophet was killed. The area is thick with enemy patrols, and Abby is eventually captured and knocked unconscious by a group of Seraphites.

The Seraphites hang Abby.

Abby awakens later that night as a group of Seraphites, led by Emily, prepare to ritually kill her in their prophet's name. Abby is hung by the neck, with a bucket for support so she will not suffocate before she can be disemboweled. Before Emily can complete the rite, she is distracted as her companions discover and capture Yara, a Seraphite outcast. Emily asks Yara where the "other apostate" is. Yara retaliates by spitting in her face. Emily instructs the others to break Yara's arms. They smash her left arm with a hammer, but Yara's brother Lev, who is hiding in the trees, fires arrows at them to kill them. Emily fires her gun into the dark, but is unable to see the archer. Abby seizes the opportunity and grabs Emily with her legs, enabling Yara to bash Emily in the head with the hammer, killing her. As Emily slumps to the ground, Abby accidentally kicks the bucket away and begins to suffocate. Lev emerges from the trees and Yara tells Lev to cut Abby down, despite his protests that she is one of the WLF. Now free, Abby helps Lev and Yara fight off a pack of Stalkers. The trio then flee through the woods.

Later, a large Seraphite woman attacks Lev and Yara with an axe. Abby tackles the woman and, noticing the woman has stolen her backpack, kills her. Reequipped with her weapons and supplies, Abby presses on with the siblings, clearing a group of Runners from an abandoned building. A jammed security grate halts their progress, so Abby lifts Lev and Yara through a broken window to open the grate from the other side. Before they can move the grate, another wave of Infected forces Lev and Yara to flee. Abby faces the Infected alone, and berates herself for trusting Seraphites to help her.

Abby sets Yara's broken arm.

Moments later, Lev reappears and provides an escape route for Abby. They escape a final Clicker through the back of a crashed ambulance. Yara collapses, exhausted and succumbing to shock from her injury. Abby carries her as Lev leads them toward a shipping yard. They investigate several office trailers, and finally find one unlocked where Lev and Yara can take refuge. Abby sets Yara down on a couch and helps set her broken arm. She then warns Lev that the area is well traveled, and he and Yara need to move on by morning. Abby leaves them in the trailer and continues toward the aquarium alone.

Abby crosses the yard, facing more Clickers and Stalkers among the shipping containers. She climbs up to the raised highway that leads to the aquarium, but a section of concrete gives way and she plummets into the water below. Forced to continue along the shore, Abby traverses a grounded ship. Within, she discovers an infirmary full of corpses have been killed in their sleep with Crossbow bolts. Abby also finds the body of the shooter, and takes the crossbow with her. She kills the Infected that wander the upper decks, and uses the top level of the ship to reach the raised highway above.

Abby follows the highway to the aquarium. However, she finds the building locked. She calls for Owen, but receives no response so decides to break in through a skylight. Abby finds Owen drinking on the floor of the old sailboat. Owen laughs when he sees Abby, and says Isaac is cruel for sending her after him. Abby assures him that she came there by choice. She tells him that Danny is dead, and asks Owen to explain what happened.

Abby finds Owen in the sailboat.

Owen reveals that he and Danny fought while clearing out a small Seraphite camp, when Owen found he could not bring himself to kill an old Seraphite man. Danny was accidentally shot in the fight. Abby believes Owen was simply defending himself, and asks him to come back to base with her to explain it to Isaac. Owen refuses, as he is tired of constantly fighting for land that he does not care about. He tells her he wants to go to Santa Barbara to follow a lead about the Fireflies regrouping. Abby is skeptical of the rumors, but Owen is not dissuaded.

Abby's nightmare of Lev and Yara.

Abby becomes dismissive, and tells Owen they can talk about it in the morning when he is sober. She also says he needs to grow up, like she has. Owen coldly asks her if he should also find and torture the people who killed his family like she did with Joel. Abby shoves him, and they wrestle for a moment. The physical contact breaks the tension between them though, and they have sex.

That night, Abby has another nightmare about St. Mary's Hospital. She runs down the hall of the pediatrics wing. When she opens the door to the operating room, she finds the scene bizarrely merged with the woods where the Seraphites almost killed her. Instead of her father's body lying on the floor, she sees Yara's and Lev's bodies, beaten, disemboweled, and hanging from the trees. Abby starts awake, and realizes she has had the same crisis of faith as Owen had with the old man. She leaves Owen asleep in the sailboat to return to the siblings.[9]

Journey to the hospital

Abby returns to the shipping yard, and finds a Seraphite patrol searching for Lev and Yara. She fights her way through the patrol to reach the trailer where she had left the siblings. Outside, she finds two dead Seraphite soldiers. As she approaches the door to the trailer, a shot rings out, and Lev warns her not to come any closer. Abby identifies herself, so Lev lets her enter the trailer. Inside, Abby finds Yara's condition has worsened overnight. Her broken arm is inflamed, and she is weak and barely responsive. Abby decides to bring her and Lev back to the aquarium to better treat her injury.

Abby watches as Mel assesses Yara's injuries.

Back in the aquarium, Abby calls for Owen to help, but is surprised by Alice instead. Alice is initially hostile toward the strangers, but quiets once Mel arrives. Mel asks Abby who these kids are, and Abby explains that they saved her life, and asks Mel to help with Yara's injury. They take Yara into a veterinary exam room in the aquarium, and Mel assesses the damage to Yara's arm. She says the bone has been shattered, and Yara is suffering from compartment syndrome. Her arm will need to be amputated.

Abby asks Mel what she needs to perform the amputation. Mel says she ideally needs a bone saw, sutures, and antibiotics, but those supplies are not available at the aquarium. Owen suggests using their knives to amputate the arm, and cauterizing the wound, but Abby says the risk of infection is too high. She then asks Mel to make a list of what supplies she needs, and says she will go to the hospital to retrieve the supplies. Mel says it will take too long for Abby to get to the hospital and back. Lev suggests that they could use a route he knows, which would get them to the hospital in about two hours, instead of taking most of the day. Abby agrees to his plan, and she and Lev depart the aquarium.

Abby leads Lev to the mouth of the rapids, where Lev identifies the skyscrapers that make up the Seraphite routes. They cut through shops and apartments to get to the base of the skyscraper. Lev, who is more nimble and unafraid of heights, is able to jump gaps and help Abby get into places she could not on her own. They talk more as they travel, both opening up to each other. Abby asks Lev again why the Seraphites would want to kill him for shaving his head. Lev says it simply was not allowed, and Abby thinks it is "punk rock" of him to do it anyway. Lev also asks Abby why she is helping him and Yara when they are Seraphites and she is with the WLF. Abby tells him she felt like she needed to, and that she was doing it for herself.

After clearing a coffee shop full of Infected, Abby and Lev reach the base of the skyscrapers. Lev leads the way up through the first stories of the building along some Seraphite-built paths. Abby often takes alternative routes to Lev, as her fear of heights prevents her from leaping across beams as he does. When Lev leads the way up a ladder to a higher floor, a Seraphite patrol spots them. One of the Seraphites calls out that they found "Lily", and the patrol attacks. Abby and Lev defeat them, though Lev suffers a graze in the fight. Abby offers to bandage it for him, but Lev is agitated and refuses. He asks Abby if she heard what the other Seraphites called him, and she admits she did. Lev then asks if she wants to ask him about it. Abby asks if Lev wants her to ask him about it. Lev says no, and Abby leads him on to the next section of the building, knowing that "Lily" is Lev's deadname and understanding now why he shaved his head and is being persecuted as a result.

Abby and Lev find a shrine to the Seraphite Prophet. Lev pauses to pray, and Abby questions whether the "prophet" knew what she was starting. Lev protests that she saved dozens of people in inexplicable ways, but Abby says she just "blew up trucks and killed some soldiers". Lev asks whether she has read the Prophet's writings, and says he thinks she would benefit from them. Another ladder brings them to a section of the building that was under construction. Among the scaffolding, Abby and Lev meet another Seraphite patrol. After defeating the Seraphites again, Abby and Lev make their way to a construction elevator. Abby has a hard time with the ascent due to her acrophobia. Lev tries to calm her by advising her to think about the good parts to fear. He quotes the Prophet's teachings that "only when weak may I find my true strength." Despite her skepticism, Abby calms a little from talking to Lev.

Abby and Lev emerge from the elevator and climb a final floor to the sky bridges. The bridges are made of narrow walkways constructed around the remains of an old tower crane, which devastates Abby given her fear of heights. Lev leads the way across the bridge, and talks to Abby to help her stay calm and distract her from her fear. They reach the building on the other side, and Abby is relieved. She tells Lev she wants to hug him, though he warns that she won't want to in a minute. They cross the roof of the building to a second sky bridge, which is even narrower and more exposed than the first.

Abby and Lev cross the Seraphite sky bridge.

Abby has a harder time with the second bridge, but presses forward with Lev's continued encouragement. In the final stretch of the bridge, Abby's vertigo makes her dizzy, and she slips. Lev tries to pull her back up, but she is too heavy and both of them fall. They crash through a glass roof and land in a swimming pool, surviving the fall. They begin descending the partially demolished hotel to return to the street level. In a stairwell, Abby finds the corpse of a FEDRA soldier with a note about a nest of infected, and FEDRA's failure to demolish the building.

On the next landing, Abby sees the hotel rooms are full of spores, and warns Lev that they will need to wear gas masks. Lev reveals that he does not have a mask with him, so Abby leaves Lev in the stairwell to search the rooms for one. She finds the bodies of other FEDRA soldiers, and takes an intact gas mask from one for Lev. Abby's activity attracts the attention of several Stalkers, who attack her. After defeating the Stalkers, Abby reaches Lev and helps fit him with the gas mask.

Abby puts a gas mask on Lev.

Abby and Lev return to the spore-filled rooms to continue their descent. Lev finds a fire hose, which they use as a rope to reach the lower floors. The pair find it thick with fungal growths and partially destroyed from FEDRA explosives. Abby and Lev make their way through the collapsed rooms, fighting through the Infected that infest the building. Along the way, Abby finds a Flamethrower on one of the FEDRA corpses, which helps her clear the infestation. After a final fight with several Clickers, wall-grown Stalkers, and a Bloater, Abby and Lev reach the ground floor. Outside the hotel, Lev points out another set of construction elevators, noting that was the path they would take if they had not fallen into the hotel. Abby, irritated, insists they press on.[11]

Facing the Rat King

WLF soldiers find Abby outside the hospital.

Abby and Lev stop just outside the WLF perimeter around Lakehill Seattle Hospital. Abby tells Lev she will go get the supplies alone and he will need to hide as the WLF will kill him on sight, which Lev reluctantly agrees to.

Abby approaches the hospital, calling out her name to the guards. The soldiers at the gate recognize her and let her in. Abby tells them she needs medical supplies because she is "doing a thing for Isaac". The officer on duty seems suspicious, noting that all the assets in the hospital are being moved to Isaac already and asks what he needs. Abby evasively says she cannot talk about it, but that it is away from the FOB. The guards tell her most of the supplies have been packed and shipped already but she is welcome to see if anyone has what she needs. She proceeds from the courtyard into the main entrance to find Whitney packing supplies. She makes small talk with her only for the officer to arrive with two more soldiers. He reveals he contacted Isaac, who informed them Abby went AWOL yesterday and that she should be arrested and forcibly returned to the FOB. The guards handcuff Abby and detain her in a disused elevator, leaving her there until they can bring her back to Isaac.

Abby handcuffed at the hospital.

A while later, Abby shouts out for the WLF soldiers to release her. Nora, who has arrived on the base, approaches her, commenting her surprise that Abby of all people is at odds with Isaac. She releases Abby and asks why she is there. Abby reveals she found Owen and needs to bring medical supplies to the aquarium. Nora notes that most of the supplies she needs have already been shipped to the FOB, but that the WLF have not cleared the lower floors of the hospital. That section includes the intensive care unit, trauma center, and surgical suites where the first Infected were brought during the outbreak. She warns Abby that the area is heavily overgrown with fungus. Desperate to help Yara, Abby insists she will go down there regardless. Nora distracts the WLF soldiers coming to collect Abby for Isaac, Abby proceeds down into the basement.

Abby descends to the lower floors to search for remaining supplies. She finds the doors to the intensive care unit blocked, forcing her to continue down. On the bottom floor she finds the triage center from the outbreak, still equipped with airlocks to contain the Cordyceps spores. Past the airlock, Abby finds massive fungal growths and, to her disappointment, no medical supplies. Without a power supply, Abby is unable to open the airlock to the garage or trauma center, and continues to the surgery. The surgery suites are similarly sealed, forcing Abby to locate the wing's generator and restore power.

Starting the generator gives Abby access to the surgery suites, but also releases several Clickers that were trapped in the sealed rooms. Abby kills and avoids the Infected in order to search the suites, but finds no supplies. She returns to the triage center and finds the doors to the trauma center have been torn open. The room beyond is packed with fungal growths and dead Infected that have fused into a solid mass. A trail of blood leads Abby from the trauma center to the garage, where the airlocks have again been torn open. She finds an ambulance which has the supplies she needs. As soon as she gets the surgical kit into her backpack, the Rat King attacks.

Abby faces the Rat King.

The enormous Infected, made of Clickers, Stalkers and a Bloater fused by Cordyceps fungus, chases Abby through the halls of the hospital, using its massive size to break through walls in pursuit. The Rat King catches Abby, but their combined weight breaks through the floor and both crash into a flooded lower level. Abby fights the Rat King, eventually causing the Stalker portion to break off. Once the Bloater half is defeated, the Stalker runs away further into the hospital. Lacking another exit, Abby is forced to follow the Stalker, which attacks her again when she follows it into an air duct. Abby kills the Stalker and finally escapes the hospital. Outside, Abby is tackled by Lev, who warns her that the WLF are searching for her. Spotting a boat, they steal it and flee back to the aquarium.[11]

Return to the aquarium

Upon returning to the aquarium, Abby and Lev wait for Mel to finish operating on Yara's arm outside the operating room. While waiting, Abby and Lev pet Alice. Owen soon exits the operating room saying that the operation was a success, and that Lev can go see his sister. Just after Lev leaves, Abby inquires if Yara will be okay, which Owen confirms. He takes a seat and pets Alice. Abby proceeds to comment on how young the siblings are, wondering how she and Owen changed so much. Owen responds that maybe they stopped "looking for the light." Abby then checks on Yara and Lev in the operating room. Yara, her arm now bandaged, looks at Abby and smiles in gratitude for her helping them, to which Abby smiles back.[11]

Later in the night, Abby has another dream set in the pediatric section of St. Mary's Hospital. Unlike her recurring nightmare, the alarms are not sounding. As she walks through the doors to the operating room, she finds her father alive and well, who turns around and smiles at her.

The next morning, Abby wakes up and leaves the changing rooms she was sleeping in. As she heads out, she overhears Yara and Lev arguing about going back for their mother. Whilst Abby listens in, Mel enters through the door behind her, looking for Owen. Abby asks Mel what the siblings are arguing about, and Mel reveals that Owen has invited them to come to Santa Barbara with him, but Lev does not want to leave their mother behind. Mel also reveals she is going with Owen too. Surprised, Abby tells Mel that she thought that she would have dissuaded him from going there. Mel reveals she is willing to leave, but not if Abby comes along. Abby is confused but Mel reveals she does not believe that Abby has suddenly changed for the better after saving Yara and Lev, given the cruel, dark things that she has done over the last four years. She also believes that Abby is trying to seduce Owen again. Abby attempts to defend herself but Mel interrupts and calls her "a piece of shit" and advises Abby to leave Lev and Yara alone before storming out.

Visibly hurt, Abby kicks a chair over and starts to cry. Yara comes over and asks if she is okay, but Abby changes the subject by asking about how Yara is feeling after the operation and if she has managed to dissuade Lev from returning to the island. Yara reveals that her arm hurts less now, and that Lev stormed off after the argument. Abby and Yara search the aquarium for him, calling out and whistling for him. Yara explains that the Seraphites sometimes hold parents culpable for their children's sins; in Yara and Lev's case, their mother would possibly be punished for their apostasy, although Yara believes their mother is devout enough to not be blamed. Lev wants to return to the island for their mother; however, Yara believes their mother is too devout to want to leave the island and would try to attack Lev on sight for what he and Yara did.

Abby talks with Yara.

Abby tells Yara about how they bonded during their journey to the hospital, and they briefly stop to play with Alice before continuing on. Upon reaching the aquarium's reception area, Yara calls out for Lev again, but he does not respond. Yara asks Abby if she knows much about Lev's past, but Abby responds that she barely knows anything, apart from the deadname that the Seraphites yelled when trying to kill them. Yara shares a bit more information surrounding the sequence of events regarding Lev's transitioning and says she feels partly to blame as she told Lev to hide his true self and hoped he'd "get over it".

Yara tells Abby that Mel was wrong about her, and that she is a good person. Although Abby says that Yara does not know her, Yara tells her that she "knows enough." Owen then comes into the gift shop and jokingly tells Abby to stop stealing his stuff, but tells Yara that she can take what she wants. Yara asks if Owen has seen Lev and he points her in the right direction before asking if he can talk with Abby. As Yara exits, Owen asks if Abby is coming to Santa Barbara. Abby says that she cannot due to the conflict between her and Mel. Owen suggests he can resolve their issues and that he and Abby can choose to be happy.

Before Abby can respond, Yara cries out in horror and they run to her. When they reach Yara, they discover that Lev has commandeered the boat that he and Abby stole from the WLF to return to the island for his mother. Fearing for his life, Abby asks Owen if the sailboat is ready to use, but he says he still needs time to repair it. Abby then suggests that she and Yara get another boat from the marina to follow Lev to the island. Owen offers to go with the two, given how deadly the Seraphites are on their island, but Abby orders Owen to stay with and protect Mel, fix the sailboat and "get [his] priorities straight".[6]

Rescuing Lev

Heading towards the marina, Abby and Yara discuss how they will get a boat and where to sneak onto the island. They reach a ladder to the roads but they hear gunfire nearby. Abby instructs Yara to stay there for her own safety, as she cannot defend herself with one arm, and continues on alone. Just as she makes it onto the main road, Manny tackles Abby behind a police car, saving her from sniper fire. While behind cover, Abby asks what Manny is doing there. He tells her that his squad was supposed to get boats ready for the raid on the Seraphite island that the WLF had planned. However, a sniper appeared and killed Manny's entire squad. Abby agrees to help Manny with the sniper as long as she can have one of the boats. Manny agrees, advising her to advance cautiously as the sniper has proven themselves a good shot.

Abby and Manny stay low among the abandoned vehicles until they find a cart of canisters to use as mobile cover to escape safely into the nearby parking lot. However, the sniper shoots the cars to lure the Infected towards them. They fight their way through the Infected, and reach the marina. The sniper shoots at them to halt their advance but they give chase, soon cornering him in a restaurant. The sniper locks the shutters, so Abby and Manny attempt to go in through a side door into the kitchens. However, before they can open it, the sniper exits the restaurant and shoots Manny through the back of the head, instantly killing him. Abby dives into the kitchens, shocked at Manny's death. She takes a moment to wipe his blood off of her face and calm down before sneaking through the restaurant to confront the sniper.

Abby and Tommy fight at the marina.

As soon as she steps onto the outside terrace of the restaurant, the sniper ambushes Abby, kicks her against the balcony fence and tries to choke her with his rifle. Finally seeing the sniper up close, Abby recognizes him as Tommy Miller. Yara appears and stabs him in the hip, allowing Abby to grab his gun and shove him into the waters below. Yara asks who the sniper was, but Abby, though shaken to see Tommy in Seattle, replies it does not matter. They take the boat and make their way to the island.[6]

Upon reaching the island, Yara leads Abby toward her home village. On the way, the two discuss Isaac's motives for the raid and Abby's reasons for helping the two siblings. In the middle of their journey, the WLF invasion force arrives and the Seraphites sound the alarm in response. Abby and Yara fight their way through a Seraphite logging mill to reach Yara and Lev's house.

Yara, worried about Lev, asks Abby to open the door for her. Inside, they find the siblings' mother dead on the floor, and Lev hiding in a corner, crying, with cuts and bruises across his head and body. Yara is relieved to see he is alive, but immediately asks him what happened. He says he kept trying to reason with his mother and make her understand, but she attacked him. He pushed her away to defend himself but she fell and split her head open on the table, killing her. Yara assures him he was defending himself and convinces him to leave the island. The trio exit the house, making their way through the woodlands into an abandoned section of "old world" buildings. They hide in the buildings as WLF soldiers surround the area, having successfully pushed inland. Abby, Yara, and Lev agree that they cannot leave the island the same way they entered, so they decide to get a boat from Haven, the Seraphite capital.

Abby shields Lev from Isaac.

As they exit a building, a WLF soldier discovers Yara and shoots her in the chest. Abby retaliates by knocking the soldier out. Lev does not want to leave his sister behind but Abby tells him that they need to hurry and leave. Nearby WLF soldiers are alerted to the gunshots. Isaac arrives with his squad, questioning Abby about her actions. Abby lowers her guns to try and reason with him, but Isaac notices Lev behind her and prepares to kill him. He demands Abby get out the way or be shot herself. Abby refuses to move, but before he can fire, Yara shoots Isaac in the back, killing him. The WLF soldiers shoot her repeatedly, enabling Abby and Lev to escape. Lev is in shock over his sister's death, but Abby pushes him to continue on. Lev angrily says it was Abby's people who killed Yara, but Abby says that he is "[her] people" now. She rallies Lev to continue so they can escape the island.

Abby defeats the Seraphite brute.

Abby and Lev sneak and fight their way across the island, with WLF and Seraphites slaughtering each other around them. The two head into a burning barn to reach the boats. Lev gets out fine but the barn collapses on Abby. Lev attempts to pull Abby out but a brute ambushes him. Abby is forced to abandon her bag and weapons to escape the fire, and engages the brute in gruesome melee combat to save Lev. With Lev's intervention, Abby successfully kills the brute. After this, they quickly find a boat and row back to the aquarium, leaving the WLF and Seraphites still fighting behind them. As Abby rows them back, she gives Lev her jacket to keep warm.[6]

Confronting Ellie

Upon returning to the aquarium, Abby and Lev find one of the doors is blocked. Suspicious, Abby breaks in to find Alice dead on the floor. Abby picks up a pipe and tells Lev to stay behind her as they search the aquarium. Abby sees a pool of blood coming from the aquarium lobby, where she finds Mel and Owen both dead. Abby walks up to Owen in shock and disbelief before falling to her knees, vomiting and sobbing over him in grief. Lev finds a marked map of Seattle near the corpses, handing it over to Abby to read. Abby immediately sees that the culprit has marked their own hideout – the Pinnacle Theater. Furious, she and Lev leave for the theater.[6]

Lev shows Abby the map.

Hours later, Abby and Lev sneak into the theater, and discover that the killer stole Leah's photos of the Salt Lake crew, and has been tracking their radio transmissions and positions. As they head down the stairs, they find Tommy Miller talking to himself about a gold necklace he found for a Maria. Abby orders him to put his hands up, back away from his bag, and not turn around. She then tells Lev to keep his bow trained on Tommy, and for Tommy to get on his knees. Knowing her intentions, Tommy taunts her, so Abby knocks him into the floor.

Jesse and Ellie burst into the room with guns drawn. Abby shoots Jesse in the face, killing him, as Ellie ducks for cover. Abby orders Ellie to stand back up, while threatening Tommy's life. Ellie exits cover and surrenders, tossing her gun aside upon Abby's orders. Ellie tells Abby that she knows she killed Joel to avenge the Fireflies, and begs her to let Tommy go. Enraged with what Ellie and Tommy did to her friends after she spared them in Jackson, Abby prepares to shoot Ellie.[13] Tommy tries to wrestle the gun out of Abby's hands, but Lev shoots Tommy through the leg, allowing Abby to knock him down and shoot him in the head.[6]

"Don't ever let me see you again."

Ellie seizes the chance to escape into the theater, with Abby giving chase while Lev watches the exits. Once both are backstage, Abby and Ellie brawl, eventually fighting in the basement. Abby gains the upper hand, breaking Ellie's arm before beating her within inches of her life. At that moment, Dina charges at Abby with a knife. She knocks Abby away from Ellie and slashes her arms and face. Lev shoots Dina through the shoulder, allowing Abby to bash her head into the floor, knocking her unconscious. Abby picks up her knife. Ellie begs Abby to stop harming Dina because Dina is pregnant. Seeing this as a chance to avenge Mel, Abby moves to slit Dina's throat but Lev pleas against it. Conceding, Abby tosses Dina aside and walks over to the beaten Ellie. She looks down and warns her to never cross paths with her again before leaving the theater with Lev.[6]

Santa Barbara

After the confrontation at the theater, Abby and Lev take Owen's sailboat and travel to Santa Barbara to search for the Fireflies. Abby trades some of their supplies for a lead on the Firefly's last location in the city, which points them to an address: 2425 Constance. As the pair search the street for the right house, they encounter several Infected, as well as evidence of a gang called the Rattlers. Eventually, Abby and Lev find the correct house, and search for evidence of the Fireflies. The search first appears fruitless, but Lev notices scratches on the floor next to a bookshelf. Abby moves the bookshelf out of the way to reveal a hidden staircase leading into a barracks in the basement.

Abby and Lev make contact with the Fireflies.

Abby activates power to the house so she can use the radio equipment in the basement. After finding the right frequency, Abby successfully contacts the Fireflies and identifies herself. She learns that the Fireflies are regrouping at a base on Catalina Island, and have amassed 200 members. Abby is elated and tells the operator to expect her and Lev soon. Overjoyed, they leave the house, but are immediately ambushed by the Rattlers, who capture and enslave them.

While enslaved, Abby and Lev are defiant towards their captors and eventually attempt to escape. Their escape fails, and the Rattlers tie them to the "pillars", wood pilings on the beach, where they are left to the elements to starve and die. While they are strung up on the pillars, to Abby's surprise, Ellie finds and frees her. Abby releases the alive but weak Lev, and carries him in her arms to nearby boats that the three can use to escape the resort.

Ellie forces Abby to fight.

Abby lays Lev in one of the boats, while Ellie drops her supplies in another. Before the three can part ways, Ellie demands that Abby fight her. Abby refuses, even after Ellie throws her to the ground. However, Ellie threatens the unconscious Lev at knife point to force Abby to fight. The two women, though exhausted and weak, fight to the death. Despite Abby's efforts, and biting two of Ellie's fingers off, the latter overpowers and begins to drown her. However, just as Abby is about to die, Ellie has a flashback of a smiling Joel and decides to spare Abby. A sobbing Ellie collapses in the surf and tells Abby to leave and take Lev with her. Abby and Lev leave Ellie behind in the water for Catalina Island.[2]

Personality and traits

Abby is a hardened but emotionally conflicted young woman. After her father's death and the disbanding of the Fireflies, Abby distanced herself from her friends, like Owen and Mel, to achieve her personal goal of murdering Joel.[12] She became a stoic and blunt soldier in order to achieve it.[9]

She also exemplifies her more warped perspectives in how she tortured and killed Seraphites because she saw them immoral.[11] She can also be rather self-righteous and hypocritical at times, chiding Owen for wanting to abandon the WLF and go to Santa Barbara to find the Fireflies, only for Owen to call her out for doing the same thing by going out and killing Joel.[9]

Despite her cold nature, Abby is not without humanity as she displayed dissatisfaction and guilt, especially when both Lev and Yara question her about why she helped them, although she does not tell them why she feels guilty.[11] When talking to Owen, Abby laments that she is no longer who she believed she was, believing her goodness has been lost, with Owen reflecting they had both "stopped looking for the light" after leaving the Fireflies.[6]

Upon realizing that she had abandoned her Firefly sense of morality by joining the WLF, she has another dream about her father, except instead of entering the operating room and finding him dead like in her nightmares, she enters and finds him smiling at her, indicating she had finally overcome her father's death, not by killing Joel, but by helping those she cared about. Another instance of her psychological improvement is her display of guilt in how her selfish actions fractured her relationship with Mel.[6]

It is only after she befriends Lev that this dark exterior begins to fade and is replaced with a more compassionate side,[2] demonstrated in how she stopped herself from almost killing Dina when Ellie told her that she was pregnant, ashamed of herself for almost killing Dina in front of Lev.[9]

Months later, Abby no longer held a grudge against Ellie. She instead became humble and benevolent, prioritizing her goal of protecting Lev and only fighting Ellie when she threatened Lev.[2]

Skills and abilities

From a young age, the Fireflies and WLF trained Abby into a capable soldier. Her extensive training has resulted in her gaining a muscular and toned physique that enables her to perform incredible feats of strength such as breaking bones and crushing skulls.[9] She has also demonstrated fierce fist-fighting prowess to the point she can take on multiple individuals at once and even render her opponents unconscious with a few well placed hits.[6] She could even defeat individuals larger than herself in physical combat, notably tackling a sledgehammer-wielding Seraphite to the ground.[11]

Her most impressive physical feat is her ability to outmatch several Stalkers in combat, which are known for their swift movement and above-average strength, while defending Lev and Yara in the Seattle forest.[11] She could also out-muscle and defeat other WLF soldiers and easily overwhelm Ellie in melee combat despite Ellie stabbing her. Abby also managed to defeat Tommy Miller in combat, an individual once infamous among the Fireflies for his fighting proficiency, albeit with assistance from Yara, who stopped Tommy from pushing Abby over a pier when she was overwhelmed by him. Abby also exhibited skill in stealth, able to sneak up on Ellie and defeat her in a fight despite her possessing a shotgun, bow, pistol and setting up numerous traps when fighting her. She could also maneuver her way through rubble to avoid Tommy while the man was attempting to snipe her and Manny Alvarez.[6]

Much like Joel, she can perform fatal chokeholds by breaking enemies' necks, and is proficient in the use of multiple styles of combat and weaponry from her upbringing.[12] She can capably use multiple firearms. She is so skilled that Isaac made her one of his highest ranked soldiers, entrusting her to lead the first wave of assault on the Seraphite island.[9] Her reaction time is sharp, able to quickly shoot Jesse in the head when he ran into a room.[13] Her most impressive feat in combat was her ability to single-handedly defeat a Rat King Infected type while trapped in the basement of the Seattle hospital. To date, she is only known individual capable of doing so and surviving.[11]

Despite her incredible strength and resilience, Abby can still be overwhelmed by multiple enemies and those who possess greater strength than her.[9] She also struggles to defeat opponents when surprised, like when she needed Lev to intervene when attacked by a knife-wielding Dina, when she was ambushed by Tommy and Yara came to her aid, and earlier required assistance when a Seraphite brute nearly choked her to death at Haven.[6] In addition, her time as a Rattler hostage has caused much of her muscular physique and strength to degrade. However, even in her weakened state, she still held her own against a weakened Ellie, and had enough strength to bite off sections of Ellie's fingers. Ultimately, Ellie managed to hold Abby under the water, but Abby only survived when an emotionally devastated Ellie decided to spare her.[2]

Design and appearance

Abby is a tall woman in her early twenties, with dark blonde hair (which she kept braided in a fishtail for most of her youth and early adult life), pale freckled skin, and blue eyes.[3] While she had a fairly normal build during her time as a Firefly, her thirst for revenge led her to develop a solid and muscular build while a soldier in the WLF, which made her easily identifiable to others.[9] After her second encounter with Ellie, Abby is left with a number of scars on her face and ears, given to her by Dina.[6]

After being captured and enduring months of slave labor at the hands of the Rattlers, Abby lost a great deal of muscle mass, her hair was messily chopped short, and her skin was severely sunburned.[2]

Relationships

Owen

Abby and Owen had a good friendship together and were once romantically intertwined. However, Abby's pursuit of revenge prematurely ended their romance.[12]

After Abby killed Joel, their relationship fractured further. However, this rupture did not prevent Abby from having a casual sexual encounter with Owen again, though she admitted she had no emotional investment in the act.[9] Owen, however, saw Abby as a better person for it, especially as she began helping Yara and Lev.[11]

Upon finding Owen dead, Abby broke down in tears, devastated by the loss that she sought vengeance once again in Ellie. After choosing to spare Ellie, Abby decided to honor Owen's memory by following the rumor of Fireflies in Santa Barbara, carrying out the dream Owen never got to follow.[6] In a diary entry, Abby admits that she still missed Owen.[2]

Mel

Abby and Mel had an uneasy relationship. Before joining the WLF, the two women were close since Abby's father had taught Mel on medical procedures. Their bond weakened over time as Abby was focused more on her duties at the WLF.[9] Despite this, they got along until Mel witnessed Abby's sadistic nature when Joel was being tortured.[2]

Upon their return, Mel was distant to Abby and avoided talking about the assassination.[9] Mel would keep this to herself until Abby showed up with both Lev and Yara, two teenagers escaping from the Seraphites.[11]

While Owen thought Abby was doing a good deed, Mel saw it as a facade to excuse herself from her cruel acts and other selfish choices she made over the years. Thus, Mel bitterly told Abby that she was also doing this because she wanted to take Owen from her. Mel announced that she was no longer friends with Abby, to which Abby remorsefully agreed.

Despite how Mel hated Abby, Abby still cared for Mel, such as telling Owen to stay with Mel to fix up the boat. Although, Abby did it to avoid fracturing Owen and Mel's relationship. Another example was when Abby wanted to kill Dina after Ellie told Abby she was pregnant, to which Abby replied "good," seeing it as payback for Ellie killing Mel.[6]

Joel

While their interactions were brief, Abby's relationship with Joel was defined by extreme amounts of hatred. After Joel killed her father, Abby dedicated four years of her life to killing him, training to physically overpower Joel, going over every possible lead on his location and severing ties with her previous relationships (Fireflies and Owen) so she could one day seek revenge on her father's killer. Before learning who Joel was, they formed a brief alliance after he saved her from a horde of Infected. However, upon discovering Joel's identity, Abby lured Joel to the ski lodge her group was staying at in order to escape the Infected before promptly shooting him in the leg. While Joel did not know who Abby was, he understood that her actions were an act of revenge for his previous actions and smugly told her to "say whatever speech [Abby] got rehearsed, and get this over with". Infuriated by Joel's remark, Abby decided to beat Joel to death, wanting to prolong the survivor's suffering.[12] While Abby voiced no regret over killing Joel, it can be inferred that killing him did not give her the satisfaction or closure she was hoping for as her nightmares persisted weeks after she killed him.[9]

Ellie

Despite only meeting physically a total of three times, Abby's relationship with Ellie was defined by revenge, animosity and loss. Their first encounter was Abby's murder of Joel, with Ellie (who had come in search of Joel and Tommy) being forced to watch. Despite the risk of leaving witnesses alive, Abby chose to spare Ellie and Tommy.[12] Abby's mercy would cost her greatly, as Ellie would go on to kill four of Abby's friends (Jordan, Nora, Owen, and Mel) in her pursuit of revenge against Abby.[13]

Abby's second encounter with Ellie was in response to the murders of Owen and Mel. While she initially thought nothing of Ellie, their deaths prompted her to track Ellie to an old movie theater via a map left at the aquarium, Abby took vengeance on the young woman and Tommy (who had killed two of Abby's friends in revenge), killing Ellie's friend Jesse, crippling Tommy and brutally beating both Ellie and her girlfriend Dina. However, at Lev's request, Abby spared the two women, leaving Ellie with a warning to never let her see her again.[6]

Their third and final encounter was in Santa Barbara. Ironically, Ellie's search led to her initially saving Abby and Lev from the Rattler gang. By this point, Abby's animosity towards Ellie had faded, and it was only when Ellie threatened the weakened Lev at knife-point that she agreed to fight. This time, the fight ended in Ellie's hands: it was only by Ellie's timely change of heart that Abby survived, and the two parted ways for good.[2]

Tommy

Although Tommy was a former Firefly, he did not know Abby personally. While trying to find Joel, Abby learned about Tommy's settlement and led an expedition in hopes that Joel would be there. Before learning who Tommy was, Abby shared a short alliance with him to escape the Infected at the ski lodge. However, once sure he was Joel's brother, Abby turned hostile and displayed no remorse in having killed his brother or allowing Nora to attack Tommy.[12]

When Tommy came to Seattle to avenge Joel's death, Abby assumed him to be responsible for all of her friend's recent deaths and channelled that anger onto him by assaulting him at the theater. While Tommy survived the encounter, Abby did shoot him without remorse in an effort to avenge her friend.[6]

Quotes

Abby: "You stupid old man… You don't get to rush this."

[Looking at the Christmas stocking Mel made for Owen]
Abby: "I think it's adorable."
Owen: "I think you can go fuck yourself."
Abby: "No, I wish… someone loved me enough to make me a stocking."
Owen: "You don't deserve one."
Abby: "What? a stocking? Or someone who loves me?"

Abby: "I wonder if your "prophet" had any idea what she was starting."
Lev: "She saved dozens of people. In ways no one can explain."
Abby: "She blew up trucks and killed some soldiers… Not that hard to explain."

Yara: "Mel's wrong, you know. You're a good person."
Abby: "You don't know me."
Yara: "I know enough."

Abby: "He's not one of them. Please."
Isaac: "Abby, move--"
Abby: "God damn it, he's just a kid!"

Lev: "Those were your fucking people!"
Abby: "Hey, you're my people!"

Abby: "You killed my friends… We let you both live… and you wasted it!"

Ellie: "I can't let you leave."
Abby: "I'm not doing this."

Trivia

  • The face of Abby was modeled after Jocelyn Mettler, a visual effects artist who previously worked at Naughty Dog as a quality assurance analyst from 2015 to 2017.
  • Abby's full name, Abigail Anderson, is mentioned in a sign next to her room.
  • Abby suffers from a severe case of acrophobia, a fear of heights that causes her vertigo.[11]
    • When playing as Abby, if the player chooses to go near a ledge at high altitudes, Abby will grow visually distressed, and the camera will pan out when looking down to indicate her vertigo.
  • The name "Abby" is a diminutive form of the Hebrew name "Abigail," meaning "my father's joy." This reflects her character of avenging her father, Jerry Anderson's, death.[14] Also, her surname "Anderson" derives from the Greek name " Andreas," meaning "Man" or "Manly", as it also matches up with her strong physique.[15]
  • Upgrading Abby does not make her harder to beat during her boss fight.[2]

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