The wait is over, Yellowjackets has been renewed for its third season ahead of the premiere of Season 2, which is set for March of 2023.
Created by Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickerson, Yellowjackets follows a talented high school girls’ soccer team who survive a plane crash in the wilderness as they descend into savage clans while also tracking the lives they’ve attempted to piece back together nearly 25 years later.
Yellowjackets was a hit for Showtime when it debuted in November of 2021 to widespread acclaim. The series was a major contender during awards season. While it didn’t win any Emmys, it received seven nominations for drama series, lead drama actress, supporting drama actress, drama directing, drama casting, and two for drama writing.
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.
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.
Chris McCarthy, president and CEO of Showtime and Paramount Media Networks has this to say about the renewal”
“With Yellowjackets runaway success in Season 1 and the pent-up anticipation for Season 2, we wanted to maximize the momentum by fast tracking Season 3 now. The show’s ambition is only exceeded by its execution, and I thank the incredible creative team behind it, including Ashley, Bart, Jonathan, eOne and the Showtime team, for turning this into such a success.”
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.
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.