Hi, hello, we’re here to get you even more anxious for Yellowjackets Season 2. Why? The wildly popular show, which returns on March 24 (finally!), just dropped its first official teaser trailer for the second installment. And tbh, it’s pretty damn unnerving. Bonus: Fans also get a glimpse of Elijah Wood in his role as Walter, a dedicated citizen detective.
If you’re one of the many (many) fans of the Showtime series, the wait for any new intel has probably felt torturously slow. Season 1 premiered in November 2021 and was phenomenal — thanks in no small part to an ensemble cast including Christina Ricci, Juliette Lewis, Tawny Cypress, and Melanie Lynskey. And while the freshman season answered some of viewers’ questions, it also ended with a lot of new loose ends and even more mysteries to be solved (ahem, Lottie).
So, inquiring minds must know: Is Yellowjackets Season 2 on the way? How soon can fans expect to revisit the remote northern wilderness? Read on to see everything we know so far about the addictive show’s second season, including release date, the cast, possible plot points, and — let’s just be real; it’s what everyone is thinking — whether or not the girls ate each other before rescue arrived.
What is Yellowjackets about?
Warning: Spoilers about the plot of the series to follow.
To recap a bit, the series centers on the adult versions of a group of high school soccer players whose plane crashes on the way to a big tournament. The girls struggle to get along as they fight to survive, but as we see in flash-forwards, they do eventually get rescued. Still, the overall experience haunts them for the rest of their lives — and now they are finally reckoning with what really happened in those woods.
Between the chilling images of “the antler queen” and a looming sense that something really, really bad happened among the girls, Yellowjackets Season 1 kept viewers coming back every week.
Now, it seems like it’s taking forever for Season 2 and, hopefully, getting to the bottom of this shared trauma. One thing fans do know is that Jackie, played by Ella Purnell, is genuinely dead after being discovered by Shauna sleeping in the snow one morning. Season 1 also confirmed that it was Lottie who drained Travis’ bank account and might be associated with his death.
Is there a Season 2 trailer yet?
On Jan. 13, Showtime unveiled the first trailer for Season 2, and it is dramatic:
Does Yellowjackets Season 2 have a release date?
In December 2021, Showtime announced that Yellowjackets would, in fact, be getting a second season, so fans can rest assured that they’ll get to continue on with the girls’ stories. And earlier this year, Gary Levine, a Showtime exec, told Vulture that they hope it returns by late 2022.
And now — at long last — we have a release date for the much-anticipated second season. It was announced on Dec. 7 that the series will return to Showtime on Friday, March 24, at 9 p.m.
The show’s Twitter handle even released a juicy teaser:
Who’s in the cast?
Christina Ricci (Misty), Juliette Lewis (Natalie), Tawny Cypress (Taissa), and Melanie Lynskey (Shauna) are all slated to return for Season 2 and reprise their roles as the adult survivors of the plane crash. Sammi Hanratty, Sophie Thatcher, Jasmin Savoy Brown, and Sophie Nélisse should also return as the teen versions of Misty, Natalie, Taissa, and Shauna, respectively.
Although teenage Jackie is dead, the showrunners have also teased that Purnell might make an appearance in flashbacks. Also, the second season should focus on more team members who got rescued, which means they have to cast the adult counterparts of the teen characters we already know.
Here’s where the latest casting update on Yellowjackets Season 2 comes into play! With all of the questions about Lottie in the present day, played by Eaton as the teen version, it was clear the show would have to cast an adult version. Lyle even told Entertainment Weekly, “We will be seeing adult Lottie in season 2. Buckle up!” And on Aug. 17, Showtime announced their casting: Playing adult Lottie will be Obi-Wan Kenobi star Simone Kessell.
In August 2022, the series revealed that Lauren Ambrose will play the adult version of Van, who is portrayed by Liv Hewson in the past timeline. So, now we at least know Van did survive… where she is and what she’s been doing, well, that will hopefully be revealed in Season 2.
Lynskey told Entertainment Tonight that there would also be other adult counterparts joining as grownup versions of the younger cast, saying, “I know new people are coming in. Older versions of a couple of the younger cast they’re trying to cast right now.”
Are there any Season 2 plot spoilers yet?
According to the showrunners, Yellowjackets Season 2 should pick up where things left off. At this point, the teens have been stranded in the Canadian Rockies for several months in the past timeline, and things are only going to get stranger now that Jackie is dead and the Antler Queen has been revealed. In the present timeline, the women still have to figure out what happened to Travis and whether Lottie is running some sort of cult based on their experiences in the wilderness.
Lyle also teased that Season 2 will delve into the cannibalism plotline. In an interview with Playlist, she said, “I guess we can tease for Season 2 — you know, there are other survivors out there, and that will come into play. I also think that, much like we were discussing the supernatural before, the idea of belief and what people do and don’t believe in — that will be very central thematically to the second season. And I think that we’re well aware that we’ve maybe tried the viewership’s patience a little bit with our tease of cannibalism in episode one, and I’d like to assure everyone that we will not be dragging that out forever, so get ready.” (Let’s just hope it’s not Shauna’s baby.)
In an interview with E! News about Season 2, Ricci said, “I imagine it will get more complex,” she said. “I would imagine it gets more insane. That last episode was crazy.”
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