Yellowjackets Season 2: Release date, cast, plot predictions & more

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Yellowjackets Season 2 is here, with the second season shaping up to be as thought-provoking and epic as the first. Here’s everything you need to know about the new season ahead of its release.

The first season of Yellowjackets debuted on November 14, 2021. The season wrapped up in 2022 and became an immediate must-watch for the new year. It was also nominated for multiple Emmy’s in 2022. Part of what made the show such a hit was the constant theories, suspense, and shock that each episode brought.

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Yellowjackets focuses on a group of young female athletes, the women a successful soccer team for their age group and high school. On their way to a tournament, the team is tragically caught in the middle of a plane crash.

The show then flashes to the present day, where we see some of the young girls did manage to survive the 18 long months they were left stranded. However, as the first season unfolds, we see that there is more than meets the eye with the teenage and adult versions of the characters. So without further ado, here’s everything we know so far about Yellowjackets Season 2. 

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Yellowjackets Season 2 release date: When is the new season coming out?

Season 2 of Yellowjackets is set to launch on Friday, March 24, 2023, at 10 PM ET/PT.

The upcoming season will be available on Showtime and Paramount+ and – similarly to the first season – will release an episode each week.

Yellowjackets Season 2 plot details: What will it be about?

One of the biggest mysteries of Season 1 was surrounding the reveal that – in an effort to survive the 18 months they were stranded for – the yellowjackets resorted to cannibalism as a way to stay alive. 

At the end of Season 1, the Antler Queen figure was revealed to be Lottie and – despite most of the season leaving her fate as a mystery – we now know that Lottie is still alive in the present day. What’s worse, she appears to be the one hunting down and tormenting Taissa, Shauna, Natalie and Misty.

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The mystery of the Antler Queen was one of the biggest reveals of Season 1.

Season 2 will continue focusing on both the past and present as the mystery of the show is revealed further. However, there are likely to be a few twists and turns along the way. In an interview with Empire, Yellowjackets executive producer Jonathan Lisco spoke about the new season and how the focus will be largely on “exploring female rage.”

“In the past, it’s about the falling away of social constructs, even more than last season,” says Lisco. “In the present, I think each of these women is being forced to reckon with who they really are, which they’ve been able to deny most of their adult lives.”

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And entering the fray for the new series is Servant star Lauren Ambrose, who joins the cast as the grown-up version of goalie Van – hopefully coming in to bring an element of levity to the girl-eat-girl gruesomeness. “Van was always a character through which we could run a lot of humor,” says Lisco. “She hasn’t changed in that regard.” Prepare for a dramatically delicious new season.

Yellowjackets Season 2 cast: Who is in the second season?

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Christina Ricci returns as Misty for season 2 Yellowjackets.

Yellowjackets Season 2 will see the return of all cast members from Season 1. That is, all cast members who’s characters survived at the end of the first season. So far, here are all the actors and characters that have been confirmed to be coming back for Season 2:

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  • Melanie Lynskey as adult Shuana
  • Sophie Nélisse as teenage Shauna
  • Juliette Lewis as adult Natalie
  • Sophie Thatcher as teenage Natalie
  • Christina Ricci as adult Misty
  • Samantha Hanratty as teenage Misty
  • Jasmin Savoy Brown as teenage Taissa
  • Tawney Cypress as adult Taissa
  • Liv Hewson as teenage Van
  • Courtney Eaton as teenage Lottie

However, just because someone is dead doesn’t mean they won’t be seen in Season 2. Looking at you, Ella Purnell, AKA the frozen Jackie.

For Season 2, Simone Kessell has been confirmed to be taking on the role of adult Lottie. With the finale of the first season confirming that the character is still alive – and seemingly tormenting the other women – it will be interesting to see what has become of Lottie in the present day. 

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Lauren Ambrose will also be joining that cast as the adult version of Van. This inclusion is likely to cause tension for Taissa, with the two having been romantically linked as teenagers. However, their relationship as adults is yet to be explored and will likely be a focus for Season 2.

Lord of the Rings star Elijah Wood will also be appearing in the series as Walter, who will be joining Misty in her kooky and killer investigations.

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As a bit of an added bonus, it has also just been teased that Florence + The Machine will be launching new music for the second season.

Does Yellowjackets Season 2 have a trailer?

Yes, in March 2023, the official trailer for the new season of Yellowjackets was released. For those interested, the trailer can be viewed below:

The trailer gives us a better look at the cast in both the past and present. It also hints further at the idea that the girls were not alone when stranded, a theory that has been circulating online since the show was first released.

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It also shows the adult version of the survivors interacting more, with the likes or Van and Lottie both getting their best look yet.

We’ll be sure to keep this page updated as more details for the new season of Yellowjackets is revealed.

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