Yellowjackets spoilers follow.
Yellowjackets crash-landed into our lives like a jet into a Canadian mountainside. Sure, there was some hype given all of the '90s acting royalty among the cast, but no one could have predicted quite how successful this show would turn out to be.
Like that freaky demon thing in the woods, Yellowjackets has taken hold of our very souls, and honestly, we're just grateful to serve. Short of slicing throats and eating people, we would do pretty much anything to see more episodes of Yellowjackets in season two.
Thankfully then, all our pagan sacrifices seem to have paid off, because Showtime already renewed Yellowjackets halfway through season one. Looks like Lottie isn't the only one who can see into the future...
Anyway, have you finished the season one finale yet? If you haven't, then what in the name of all that's unholy are you doing here? Bookmark this page, devour that final episode like it's one of your best friends, and then come back to see what's next in store for Yellowjackets season two.
Yellowjackets season 2 release date: When will it air?
Thanks to that early season-two renewal, we might not have to wait too long until Yellowjackets buzzes back into our lives.
Back in mid-December, Showtime’s President of Entertainment Gary Levine told Deadline:
"We have not heard the pitch for season two, the writers' room has not even come together yet, they are going to come together in January. I'm sure Ashley, Bart and Jonathan have some loose ideas but they hadn't fleshed out their ideas and they certainly haven't conveyed them to us."
And since then, Levine has told Vulture that season two should hopefully appear around the same time season one did as part of a regular annual cycle:
"We are working towards a premiere at the end of 2022... I think our audiences deserve that, and I also think that when you have a show that has this kind of a momentum, you don’t want to let it dissolve."
Following this timeline, we imagine Yellowjackets season two will definitely arrive by December 2022 at the very latest, although January/February 2023 could also be a possibility if delays hit production.
Yellowjackets season 2 cast: Who will be in it?
Has a show ever been cast as well as Yellowjackets has? Not only do we have actual legends in our midst like Melanie Lynskey, Juliette Lewis, Christina Ricci and Tawny Cypress, but the teenage versions of these characters are pitch perfect too, resembling their older counterparts to an uncanny degree.
And following that finale, it looks like even the teens who died could potentially return as spirits in season two. Yes, even Ella Purnell's Jackie. Or at the very least, they could come back in more flashbacks. That's kind of a thing on this show. And because of that, you can't really rule out anyone from the season-one cast returning.
Speaking to Deadline, co-showrunner Ashley Lyle discussed this possibility in further detail:
"It’s so funny to me watching how viewers and fans are reacting to the show and the strenuousness to which they will adhere to what they want to happen and the skepticism. I will say that in case there is any doubt, Jackie is very much dead in that scene. You’re not closed off to the possibility of seeing Ella in the future."
But what about Adult Lottie? At the end of season one, we discover that the clairvoyant Antler Queen is alive and well in the present day. Fans expecting to see a new cast member join in the last moments of the finale might have been disappointed, but this definitely means someone new will play Courtney Eaton's character as an adult.
Yellowjackets season 2 plot: What will happen?
Is Taissa evil? Will Jackie return? Who kidnapped Natalie? And what did Lottie do exactly at the end? Yellowjackets raised a lot of new questions in the season-one finale, which means that season two has to hit the ground running upon its return. Just look out for those traps in the woods, mind you.
Thankfully, the writers aren't just stumbling blind like some kids lost in the forest. Co-creators (and married couple) Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickerson already know where Yellowjackets is heading — and they have done since the beginning.
"We pitched it as a five-season idea," Nickerson explained in a chat with the Hollywood Reporter’s TV’s Top 5 podcast. So don't expect all the answers in season two.
Lyle teased what this will entail more in that same interview, saying:
"Lord of the Flies is about how socialisation falls away and how society is a façade. We thought, 'Who is more socialised than women?' As girls, you learn early on how to make people like you and what the social hierarchies are. It's a more interesting way of having things fall away. The mask is even thicker. It's a more layered amount of preconceived notions of how to behave and act."
However, in another interview with Collider, Lyle admitted that these plans could easily change within the next few years:
"We did pitch a five-season plan, but the best-laid plans always ... There's always a chance that the show gets canceled. In our ideal world, the story will tell us how long it wants to be. As long as we and our writers are really excited about it and feel like there's just depths to be mined, then we really hope to have the opportunity to keep telling it."
"As Bart said, one of the craziest parts about television writing, in particular, is that things do tend to expand and contract. I know that it's very typical for a writers' room to come together and break the first 10 episodes, and then you use all of that story by Episode 4. I think that it would be a bit heuristic for us to try to predict exactly how many seasons this will run. Generally speaking, it's sort of an instinctual thing, but you can feel when the story is coming down the home stretch when you're getting to the right points at the right time."
"[We] definitely intend to do this for multiple seasons. But could it be three or four? Sure. Could it be six or seven? Who knows? I mean, I'm not sure seven seasons and a movie is what we're going for here. But the important thing is that it unfolds in the most organic way possible and that we're still telling a really dynamic, interesting story."
Yellowjackets season 2 trailer: When can we see it?
Grab some bear meat and start a fire, because you're going to need plenty of sustenance while we wait for new footage from Yellowjackets season two. The chief reason for this is that there isn't any yet, but when a new trailer crashes onto the internet, we'll be the first to let you know.
Yellowjackets is available on Sky and NOW in the UK and Showtime in the US.
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