The wild weirdness of last year’s Yellowjackets is set to continue with the show’s highly anticipated second season.
The surprisingly brilliant Showtime series follows a group of high school football players who, after crash-landing en route to a tournament, must fight to survive in the harsh Canadian wilderness. The show’s focus shifts between the girls’ descent into savagery and their struggle to leave it behind as rescued adults, culminating in a hanging ending that opens up even more questions about what happened. actually passed through the bushes.
At the sound of things, however, Yellowjackets fans won’t have too long to wait for answers. Co-showrunner Ashley Lyle recently said Variety that filming for the show’s second season is slated to begin in “late summer” (i.e. within the next three months) – despite a very specific production challenge brought on by that looming schedule.
According to Lyle, Season 2 of Yellowjackets will “revisit the winter story” teased by the show’s pilot episode, which means its cast and crew “will have to get a lot of creative juices on the production front.” production” if they hope to convincingly shoot a winter set. season during the summer.
“But we start these production conversations [now] and we have some really amazing, creative people on our team,” Lyle added. “So [there] will be the magic of cinema in play.”
As of now, the show’s showrunners are “in the process of writing” and “just beginning the actual scripts” for new episodes, although Showtime Networks President Gary Levine has said previously hinted that the studio is aiming for Season 2 of Yellowjackets to arrive “late 2022”.
Analysis: bring your jackets for season 2
Spoilers follow for Season 1 of The Yellowjackets
The Yellowjackets Season 1 opened with a brief wintry flashback sequence showing the remaining survivors – led by an Antler-carrying figure we assume is Courtney Eaton’s Lottie Matthews – chasing down, killing, and eating another unidentifiable member of the team.
The show never catches up to this moment in its first run of episodes, but the series finale ends with Lottie ominously performing a Lord of the Flies-esque ritual with a bear’s heart, which suggests we At least we’ll see some of the girls go wild in Season 2 of The Yellowjackets.
As mentioned, the wilderness sequences in new episodes of the series will also find the team stranded with the threat of freezing winter temperatures. Showrunner Ashley Lyle told Variety that she and the other writers refer to Season 2 as “The Winter of Their Discontent,” implying the series will increase the danger for its already struggling protagonists.
For our money, this snowy setting will only add more gruesome intrigue to the simple but winning Yellowjackets premise. Among TV’s fantasy-filled narratives of the past year, Showtime’s gritty drama succeeded by giving audiences a healthy dose of gritty realism. If season 2 continues in the same vein, Yellowjackets has every chance of regaining its initial popularity.
Yellowjackets is available to stream now on Hulu and Showtime Anytime in the US, and on Sky and Now TV in the UK.