Yellowjackets swooped down like a jet onto a Canadian slope, crashing into our lives. Sure, with all of the '90s acting aristocracy in the cast, there was some buzz, but no one could have guessed how successful the programme would be.
Yellowjackets have grabbed hold of our very souls, much like that weird demon creature in the woods, and we're just grateful to serve. We'd do almost anything to see more Yellowjackets episodes in season two, short of chopping necks and eating people.
Thankfully, all of our pagan sacrifices appear to have paid off, because Yellowjackets has already been renewed halfway through season one by Showtime. It appears that Lottie isn't the only one who has the ability to look into the future…
Anyway, did you finish the first season's finale yet? If you haven't, what are you doing here in the name of all that is unholy? Bookmark this page, binge-watch the final episode like it's one of your best friends, and then check back to see what Yellowjackets season two has in store.
When Will the Second Season of Yellowjackets Premiere?
Because of the early season two renewal, we may not have to wait long for Yellowjackets to return to our screens.
Gary Levine, Showtime's President of Entertainment, told Deadline in mid-December:
“We haven't heard the idea for season two yet, and the writers' room hasn't even formed yet; they'll do so in January. I'm sure Ashley, Bart, and Jonathan have some rudimentary ideas, but they hadn't developed them out or communicated them to us.”
Since then, Levine has informed Vulture that season two will most likely premiere around the same time as season one, as part of a regular annual cycle:
“We're planning a premiere for the end of 2022… I believe our viewers deserve it, and I also believe that a project with this much momentum should not be allowed to fizzle out.”
According to this timeline, Yellowjackets season two should come by December 2022 at the latest, while January/February 2023 could also be a possibility if production delays occur.
Who Will Appear in the Second Season of Yellowjackets?
Has there ever been a show with such a stellar cast as Yellowjackets? Not only do we have true legends like Melanie Lynskey, Juliette Lewis, Christina Ricci, and Tawny Cypress in our midst, but the teenage versions of these characters are also spot-on, eerily similar to their adult counterparts.
Following that season's finale, it appears that even the kids who died may return as ghosts in season two. Jackie, played by Ella Purnell, is one of them. They may, at the absolute least, reappearance in more flashbacks. On this show, that's a common occurrence. As a result, you can't count out anyone from the first season's cast returning.
Ashley Lyle, the show's co-showrunner, elaborated on this idea while speaking about the show:
“It's hilarious to see how viewers and fans react to the show, and the tenacity with which they will stick to what they want to happen, as well as their cynicism. In case there's any confusion, Jackie is clearly dead in that scene. You haven't ruled out the chance of running across Ella in the future.”
But what about Lottie as an adult? We learn at the end of season one that the clairvoyant Antler Queen is still alive and well today. Fans who were hoping to see a new cast member join in the final seconds of the episode may have been disappointed, but this clearly suggests that Courtney Eaton's character will be played by someone fresh as an adult.
What Will Happen in the Second Season of Yellowjackets?
Will Jackie make a comeback? Natalie was kidnapped, but who did it? And what precisely did Lottie accomplish in the end? The season one ending of Yellowjackets generated a lot of new issues, so season two will have to go right to work when it returns. Mind you, keep an eye out for those traps in the woods.
Thankfully, the writers aren't blind like those lost children in the woods. Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickerson, the show's co-creators (and married couple), have known where Yellowjackets is going since the beginning.
In the same interview, Lyle teased more about what this will involve, saying:
“The novel Lord of the Flies is about how socialisation crumbles and society is a ruse. ‘Who is more socialized than women,' we reasoned. You learn how to make others like you and what the social hierarchies are as a girl. It's a more engaging method of letting things drift away. The mask has thickened considerably further. It's a more complex mix of preconceived beliefs about how to act and behave.”
However, Lyle stated in a separate interview with Collider that these intentions might easily change in the coming years:
“We did pitch a five-year strategy, but the best-laid ideas never work out. There's always the possibility that the show will be cancelled. The storey will tell us how long it wants to be in our perfect world. We really hope to be able to keep telling it as long as we and our writers are truly thrilled about it and feel that there are just depths to be explored.
“One of the most bizarre aspects about television writing, as Bart pointed out, is that things seem to expand and constrict. I understand that it's common for a writers' room to sit together and break down the first ten episodes, and then employ the entire storey by Episode 4. I believe that attempting to forecast how many seasons this will run would be a bit heuristic.
In general, it's an instinctive thing, but you can tell when the storey is nearing its conclusion when you're hitting the appropriate spots at the right moment.
“[We] have every intention of doing this for several seasons. But what if it's three or four? Sure. Is it possible that it's six or seven? What are the chances? I mean, I'm not sure we're going for seven seasons and a movie here. The crucial thing is that it unfolds in the most natural manner possible while still conveying a dynamic and engaging storey.”
When Will the Second Season of Yellowjackets Be Released?
Grab some bear meat and light a fire because you're going to need a lot of food while we wait for more Yellowjackets season two video. The main reason for this is that there aren't any yet, but as soon as a new trailer emerges, we'll be the first to inform you.