The breakaway psychological thriller has taken over the internet. Set across two timelines—1996 and present day—Yellowjackets follows a high school soccer team whose plane crashes in the wilderness. In 1996, the survivors must battle the elements, their demons and each other to stay alive for 19 months before rescue. In the present day, four of the remaining Yellowjackets are fighting to keep the true story of how they survived a secret.
It's a gripping story leaving fans dissecting theories each week, diving into everything from trauma and ritualistic cannibalism to mean girl politics. Yet despite (or perhaps because of) the brutal notes it hits, Yellowjackets has struck a chord with fans, scoring a rare 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
"This show has just exploded," Showtime's President of Entertainment Gary Levine told Deadline. "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."
The season one Yellowjackets finale is set to air on January 16 in the US, and will be available on Paramount+ for Australians. There are still so many questions left to answer: how do the survivors finally get rescued? Whose idea is it to eat one of their own? Who is blackmailing the adult women? And who survives, other than Shauna (Melanie Lynskey), Taissa (Tawny Cypress), Natalie (Juliette Lewis) and Misty (Christina Ricci)?
Luckily for us, Yellowjackets isn't going anywhere any time soon, with Showtime renewing it for season two half way through the first season.
Levine said the writers room and and showrunners Ashley Lyle, Bart Nickerson and Jonathan Lisco would begin writing season two in mid January, but he's as in the dark about season two as the rest of us.
"I do know that there will be some surprises in terms of the characters," he said. "There are still lots of questions about who survived, what happened out there. There will be some real surprises in terms of that and I think some characters you may not even have met yet.”
Lynskey, who plays adult Shauna, asked producers to give her the season one rundown (and beyond) when pitching the show to her.
"I was nervous and I wanted to be sure that they had a plan," she told Collider. "You can write a cool pilot and have a cool idea, and not really know where to take it. That was my concern."
However, her fears were abated. "They had answers to everything," she said. "It was so meticulous and so well thought out, and that was really impressive. I just trusted them and I was right to because, the whole season, the writing was really, really good and really, really strong."