Season 2 of Yellowjackets is coming sooner than you think

Here’s everything we know about ‘The Winter of Their Discontent’.

by Jenna Mahale
04 May 2022, 11:54am

The exact appeal of Showtime’s Yellowjackets is tricky to pin down. What kept five million viewers coming back to the decade-spanning psychodrama week after week? Was it the canny treatment of our current cannibalistic zeitgeist? The chaotic evil of Misty Quigley? That impeccable time-jump casting? Between the 90s high school drama, creepy supernatural happenings and that killer soundtrack, season one of Yellowjackets had us tight in its blue-and-gold grip.

The finale, which aired almost four months ago, left us with a major character death (be warned, spoilers ahead!) and gave us several new opened cans of worms as opposed to answers about the mysterious cult that seems to be following our plane crash survivor protagonists. Fortunately, according to a conversation between Variety and showrunners Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickerson, more YJ is on its way. Here’s everything we know about season two of Yellowjackets.

What can we expect to see from season two’s plot?

A number of our stranded soccer players were last seen in the middle of a bloody ritual involving a bear’s heart, but Sophie Nélisse’s Shauna is still reeling from her best friend’s tragic death: Jackie (Ella Purnell) met her untimely demise as she fell asleep in the cold outside, a choice she essentially made because of a fight with Shauna. 

“We are definitely re-visiting the winter storyline,” Ashley says. “We’ve been calling Season 2, ‘The Winter of Their Discontent,'” a nod to John Steinbeck’s book of the same name, as well as a line from William Shakespeare’s Richard III. It sounds dark and cold and grim and we’re so very here for it.

When will production start?

At the moment, the showrunning team is “in the writing process” with their staff and are “just getting started on the actual scripts,” though they have all been brainstorming “for several months now,” and production is slated for late summer. But the requirements (and costs) of filming dreary winter scenes in sunny British Columbia can stack up quickly. 

“We’re starting those production conversations and we have some really amazing and creative people on our team,” Ashley says, adding that everyone “will have to get very creative on the production front,” and for viewers to expect some “movie magic at play.”

 Who will return from the original cast?

Christina Ricci, Juliette Lewis, Tawny Cypress, and Melanie Lynskey are all set to reprise their roles in the second season. Their teen counterparts, played by Sammi Hanratty, Sophie Thatcher, Jasmin Savoy Brown and Sophie Nélisse are also slated to return.

We’re likely to see more Courtney Eaton, who plays Lottie, after the finale’s reveal of her potential involvement in Travis’ murder, and maybe even some Ella Purnell – yes, Jackie is dead, but there’s always flashbacks.

Is there a trailer for season 2 of Yellowjackets yet?

Not yet. But watch this space!

When is the release date?

Previously, Showtime’s Gary Levine told Vulture that they were looking to premiere Yellowjackets’ second season “at the end of 2022.” While that might still be possible under the show’s current production schedule, it’s one hell of a tight timeline, so we’ll have to wait and see. You simply can’t rush genius.

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