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Everything To Know About Yellowjackets Season 2

Meet the new grown-up characters in the Season 2 trailer.

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The adult cast of Showtime's 'Yellowjackets,' which has been renewed for Season 2
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Yellowjackets hive, unite. The hit Showtime series — which has amassed a cult following and spawned dozens of Reddit theories since its premiere last year — is coming back for Season 2 very soon.

“It’s done extremely well in terms of streaming subscriptions,” Showtime’s President of Entertainment Gary Levine told Deadline of Yellowjackets, calling the show “an unadulterated sensation.”

“It was our second biggest series debut ever on streaming, and it’s grown each week on streaming by double digit percentages,” Levine said. “In terms of acclaim, in terms of buzz — no pun intended — and in terms of hard numbers, this show has just exploded. For it to be embraced as quickly and as deeply as it was by both audiences and critics alike, that’s a little like catching lightning in a bottle — you can never anticipate that but boy, it’s awfully sweet when it rarely happens.”

At the time, Levine noted that Season 2 hadn’t yet been mapped out — but by this fall, production on the upcoming season had wrapped. Here’s everything we know about Yellowjackets Season 2 and when you can expect to see it.

What Is The Yellowjackets Season 2 Release Date?

On Dec. 7, Showtime announced that Yellowjackets Season 2 will premiere on Friday, March 24, 2023 on streaming and on demand for Showtime subscribers. The Season 2 premiere will also air on Showtime’s main cable channel on Sunday, March 26, at 9 p.m. ET. So, fans of the hit series will be able to stream the first episode of Season 2 two days early on Showtime Anytime.

Is There A Yellowjackets Season 2 Trailer?

On Jan. 13, Showtime released the first trailer for Yellowjackets Season 2. The minute-long teaser sees the main characters continuing to reckon with their dark past and features a first look at Elijah Wood’s new character, Walter.

Then, on March 9, Showtime dropped the full trailer — featuring a new Florence + the Machine cover of “Just a Girl,” and a closer look at adult Lottie and Van.

Who Is In The Yellowjackets Season 2 Cast?

All of the adult leads — including Shauna (Melanie Lynskey), Taissa (Tawny Cypress), Natalie (Juliette Lewis), and Misty (Christina Ricci) — will assumedly return. In addition, Showtime announced on Aug. 11 that Six Feet Under star Lauren Ambrose has joined the cast as adult Van, exciting fans who had hoped Ambrose would play the older version of Liv Hewson’s character. We’ll also meet an adult Lottie, who’s mentioned in the final moments of Season 1. Not only is she the one who emptied Travis’ bank account after he died, but it also appears she’s now the head of a cult that uses the same symbol carved in the forest and the cabin. On Aug. 17, Variety announced that Obi-Wan star Simone Kessell would take on the pivotal role.

Deadline also announced that Elijah Wood would be joining the show as Walter, “a dedicated citizen detective who will challenge Misty ... in ways she won’t see coming.”

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The younger versions of the main characters — played by Sophie Nélisse, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Sophie Thatcher, Sammi Hanratty, and Courtney Eaton — will be back as well. Along with Ambrose’s casting, Showtime also revealed that Hewson has been promoted to a series regular, meaning fans will be seeing a lot more of Van in Season 2. However, don’t expect to see Peter Gadiot (Adam) or Ella Purnell (Jackie). Shauna killed Adam toward the end of Season 1, while Jackie froze to death outside after Shauna banished her from the cabin. RIP to all those theories that Jackie was still alive.

What Is The Yellowjackets Season 2 Plot?

The Season 1 finale included several reveals. Natalie was kidnapped by the minions of an adult Lottie, who’s apparently running a cult. We also learned that Taissa had erected a creepy altar in her basement, seemingly suggesting she’s part of said cult. Jessica — the private investigator Taissa hired — crashed her car and passed out (or possibly died?) after Misty released her. And Shauna’s daughter Callie suspiciously watched a news story about Adam going missing.

In the past timeline, the Yellowjackets were beginning to fracture. After Jackie’s death, a teen Lottie offered a bear heart to a hollowed-out tree as Van and Misty knelt behind her. “Let the darkness set us free,” she said, signifying her turn into the Antler Queen seen at the start of Season 1.

This ending leaves quite a few threads for Season 2 to explore. In an interview on The Hollywood Reporter’s podcast, the Yellowjackets creators revealed they pitched the show as a “five-season idea.” So expect many more horrific twists and turns to come.

This article will be updated as new information about Yellowjackets Season 2 becomes available.

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