The second season of “Yellowjackets” opens with a bang, featuring a cannibalism twist that shocked and intrigued the series’ audience in equal measure. Showrunners Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickerson, together with Jonathan Lisco, spoke to Variety about how they aimed to balance the expectations of the hit show’s fans with a fresh and exciting storyline. According to Nickerson, they attempted to remain focused on creating a second season of story they were all thrilled about, despite feeling the pressure of the public’s expectations.
The first scene is set in the 1990s when the main characters attempt to survive in the Canadian wilderness. At the end of the season premiere titled “Friends, Romans, Countrymen,” viewers discover that cannibalism, teased in the pilot episode, has finally made its entry into the show as Shauna, played by Sophie Nélisse, eats the frozen ear of her dead best friend in the meat shed. The showrunners explain that this cannibalism is merely a baby step for the Yellowjackets, and there is lots more in store for the genre-defying and award-winning series.
Additionally, they delve into the character of Lottie Matthews (Simone Kessell) while introducing her in the present time to explain her complexity and nuance better. The showrunners explain how the character embodies the fragility of someone thrust into the reluctant role of a spiritual leader.
The showrunners provide a glimpse of what is in store in the future, without giving away too much detail, saying that viewers can expect more moral ambiguity and complexity of choices, both for the characters in the present time and in the aftermath of their wilderness experience.
Overall, “Yellowjackets” seems set to continue keeping its viewers on the edge of their seats with its unconventional storytelling and shocking twists.