‘Yellowjackets’ Season 2 Update: The Status of the Show Revealed

The Showtime series Yellowjackets puts a chilling twist on high school drama. Created by Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickerson, the series revolves around a girls soccer team after their plane goes down en route to a match in 1996. Stranded in the Ontario wilderness for almost two years, the girls turn to disturbing means such as occultism and cannibalism to survive.

Decades later, the survivors continue to struggle with the trauma of what happened in the woods. They’ve all stayed out of touch — until someone begins threatening to leak their secrets.

The series debuted in November of 2021 and became a phenomenon with its twisted storytelling and cast performances. Rotten Tomatoes even gave it a rare 100% rating. Now, as Yellowjackets Season 2 remains in progress, let’s take a look at the latest update on the show.

The cast 'Yellowjackets' Season 2 on Showtime pose for a photo in black outfits
(L-R): Melanie Lynskey as Shauna, Tawny Cypress as Taissa, Juliette Lewis as Natalie and Christina Ricci as Misty in ‘Yellowjackets’ Season 2 on Showtime | Kailey Schwerman/Showtime

An update on ‘Yellowjackets’ Season 2 has emerged

An update on Yellowjackets Season 2 came in May, when Lyle and Nickerson spoke to Variety about the show. Nickerson said that he’s currently in “the writing process” with co-showrunner Jonathan Lisco and their staff and is “just getting started on the actual scripts.”

“We’ve been in the writers’ room for several months now, and we’re circling a late summer production start,” Lyle said. But even though they’ll be shooting in the warmer months, the winter storyline will continue in Yellowjackets Season 2.

“We are definitely re-visiting the winter storyline,” Lyle shared. “We’ve been calling Season 2, ‘The Winter of Their Discontent,’” she revealed. As Variety notes, she was referring to a book by John Steinbeck and the “Richard III” play by William Shakespeare. In order to make that happen, Lyle said they’ll “have to get very creative on a production front.”

“But we’re starting those production conversations and we have some really amazing and creative people on our team,” Lyle added. “So this will be movie magic at play.”

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The first season culminated in a series of strange twists

In the latest episode, viewers finally learned what happened to Jackie in Yellowjackets. Many suspected from the season opener that she would die, but they questioned exactly how it would happen. It turned out that Jackie, after an argument with the girls, left to sleep outside, resulting in her freezing to death.

Later, Lottie took the heart of a dead bear and used it to perform a ritualistic ceremony. She was joined by Van and Misty as she prayed to “the darkness [to] set us free.”

The chaos continued in the present day with the reveal of Lottie’s survival and Taissa’s sacrificial altar. The number of other survivors in Yellowjackets and the purpose of the altar are just some of the questions expected to be answered next season.

‘Yellowjackets’ Season 2 to explore more of the cult

While exact details for the second season are limited, Lyle previously said the show would dig more into the cult.

“We are very much interested in exploring the theme and concept of belief and what that means for us in terms of our worldview — the way that we interact with the world around us, the way that we interact with other people, and forge those relationships,” she told Entertainment Weekly

“That is absolutely something that we will be investigating by means of this growing belief that has started to emerge amongst the girls in the wilderness and what that might mean in the present day,” Lyle continued.

It should be interesting to see. While the release date for Yellowjackets Season 2 is still uncertain, Showtime boss Gary Levine previously told Vulture the show would be back “at the end of 2022.” Watch the first season of Yellowjackets on Showtime now.

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