Yellowjackets season 2 cast, plot, and release date

Yellowjackets season 2
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Yellowjackets season 2 getting closer to arriving on our screens – the next installment of the critically acclaimed series premieres in a matter of weeks, and we've got a brand new trailer to sink our teeth into as well. 

Winter has arrived for the plane crash survivors in the wilderness, so we can expect things to only get tougher from here on out (and that's before we mention the cannibalism…). Meanwhile, in the present, Shauna, Nat, and co. have got abductions and cults to deal with, so the future doesn't look much brighter. We've got your complete guide to Yellowjackets season 2, including all the latest casting updates, a breakdown of the latest teaser trailer, and a first-look image of Elijah Wood's new character. 

Yellowjackets season 2 release date

Yellowjackets

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Yellowjackets season 2 is set to start streaming on Paramount Plus on March 24, 2023, before airing on Showtime on March 26.

Filming is currently underway in Canada after starting in late August 2022. An announcement from the official Yellowjackets Twitter account revealed that Daisy von Scherler Mayer is directing episode 1 (she also directed season 1, episode 9). 

Yellowjackets season 2 trailer

The first Yellowjackets season 2 teaser trailer shows Nat post-abduction, being asked by her captor to "go back" and revisit her memories of her time in the wilderness. "What do you see?" they ask, shining a torch in Nat's eyes. "Darkness," she replies. "We brought it back with us." There's also the suggestion that girls "weren't alone out there" – but who, or what, was with them?

Brief flashes of other images show teen Nat with a gun and teen Shauna yelling out in pain – could she be giving birth to the baby she found out she was pregnant with in season 1? –  along with tears, violence, and some cult-like communing around a campfire. "Kidnapping, cults, death... Your friendships are a little more complicated than most," Elijah Wood's Walter remarks to adult Misty.

Yellowjackets season 2 cast 

Christina Ricci in Yellowjackets

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Sophie Nélisse, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Sophie Thatcher, Sammi Hanratty, Liv Hewson, and Courtney Eaton will return as teenagers Shauna, Taissa, Natalie, Misty, Van, and Lottie. The 1996 timeline will also see the return of Steven Krueger as assistant coach Ben. 

Meanwhile, Melanie Lynskey (Shauna), Tawny Cypress (Taissa), Juliette Lewis (Natalie), and Christina Ricci (Misty) return as their adult counterparts. Season 2 will also see the addition of Servant star Lauren Ambrose as the adult version of Van and Obi-Wan Kenobi and Our Flag Means Death actor Simone Kessell as the adult version of Lottie.

Lauren Ambrose as adult Van in Yellowjackets season 2

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Another new addition to the cast is Elijah Wood, who will play Walter, a dedicated citizen detective who we can assume will be joining forces – or coming up against – Misty. We got our first look at Walter in a photo released by Showtime, which you can see below.

Christina Ricci and Elijah Wood in Yellowjackets

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Yellowjackets season 2 plot 

Yellowjackets

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Season 1 ended with Natalie being kidnapped by a mysterious group – meaning she missed the voicemail from her friend Suzie informing her that it was Lottie who emptied Travis' bank account after his death. As an adult version of Lottie has now been cast, we can expect her to play a big part going forward. It's a possibility that she even has something to do with Natalie's kidnapping.

The photo (opens in new tab) announcing the start of filming contained a clapper board with "Time: present" written on it, implying that the scene was in the 2021 timeline. However, the background behind the board looks like the cabin where the girls set up camp in 1996 – could the adult Yellowjackets go back to where it all started in season 2? And could this be where Natalie is being taken to?

Elsewhere in 2021, Taissa wins the state senate election, while her wife Simone (Rukiya Bernard) finds a hidden shrine in their basement containing the decapitated head of their dog, their son's doll, and a human heart. What is Taissa up to? And is it linked to Lottie? We're hoping we find out in season 2. Meanwhile, Shauna will be dealing with the repercussions of killing Adam (Peter Gadiot) at the end of season 1 after she wrongly believes that he is blackmailing her. 

As for the girls in 1996, Shauna is still pregnant, but we know that in 2021 she only has one child, a teenage daughter, and living out in the wilderness with no medical care it seems unlikely she will carry the pregnancy to full term. Plus, winter is coming. 

"This is a whole new ball game," Kreuger told TV Insider (opens in new tab). "We are going into the wintertime when the season ends with that first snowfall. This season will cover the winter months. It’s going to get dire out there with little food and the challenge of staying warm and alive. A good general overall birdseye view of the second season is it feels like producers loved we were the crazy show on TV and want to take that and double down. If you thought season 1 was crazy, just buckle your seatbelts for season 2. It doesn’t let up."


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