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Yellowjackets season 2: cast and everything we know so far

The main four surviving adults in Yellowjackets season 1 stand in the woods
The mystery of what happened to the girls on Flight 2525 will continue to unravel in Yellowjackets season 2. (Image credit: Brendan Meadows/SHOWTIME)

Yellowjackets season 2 will see the seven-time Emmy-nominated survival drama returning for even more thrills in the near future.

If you're not aware of it, Yellowjackets is a Showtime/Paramount Plus series that debuted in late 2021 that focuses on an American high school girls' soccer team. The team chartered a plane to compete in the nationals tournament; during the crash, their plane crashes down in a remote area of the Canadian wilderness. 

The show then follows the girls as they do whatever it takes to survive in 1996 (with deadly consequences for some of their own teammates). It also follows some of the survivors in the present day; they're reluctantly drawn back together after they each receive cryptic messages suggesting someone knows what really happened during their 19 months in the woods.

The show was renewed ahead of the shocking season finale; here's everything you need to know about Yellowjackets season 2, including the latest casting news and when we think we'll be seeing it hit our screens. 

*warning: there are some big spoilers for Yellowjackets first season ahead*

Yellowjackets season 2 release date

Whilst we hoped to see Yellowjackets return before the year was out, it's now seeming like we won't be seeing more from the show until early next year.

In an interview with The Wrap, (opens in new tab) showrunners and co-creators Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickerson revealed that production wouldn't be getting underway till the end of August, with Lyle saying "we’re looking into the first quarter of 2023" and that she "believe[s] that we are going to finish shooting in about February and we’ll be airing sometime shortly after that.”

Yellowjackets season 2 cast

The majority of season 1's surviving cast — including leads Christina Ricci, Melanie Lynskey, Juliette Lewis and Tawny Cypress as Misty, Shauna, Natalie and Taissa (respectively), and Samantha Hanratty, Sophie Nélisse, Sophie Thatcher and Jasmin Savoy Brown as their teen selves — will all be returning for the first season. We'd bet that Warren Kole will be returning as Shauna's husband, Jeff, too.

We've also learned about some new additions to the cast for the second season. The most recent addition is none other than Lord of the Rings frontman, Elijah Wood. According to Paramount Plus, he's playing Walter, a "dedicated Citizen Detective who will challenge Misty in ways she won't see coming."

Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under, Servant) is set to appear in the show as the adult version of Van, who we hadn't seen in the show just yet. Liv Hewson, who plays Van's teenage counterpart, has been bumped up to a series regular for the new season, too.

Simone Kessell (Obi-Wan Kenobi) has also joined the show as the adult version of Lottie Matthews. Like Liv Hewson, Courtney Eaton (who plays the teen version of the character in 1996) has been promoted to a series regular, so expect both of them to be an even bigger part of the show going forward.

Courtney Eaton as teen Lottie in Yellowjackets season 1

We'll be seeing much more of Lottie in season 2. (Image credit: Kailey Schwerman/SHOWTIME)

What will happen in Yellowjackets season 2?

Unsurprisingly, plot details for the new season are being kept tightly under wraps, though presumably, we can expect some of the mysteries revolving around the main survivors to unravel just that little bit more.

The big question for season 2 came in the form of the curveball question "who the **** is Lottie Matthews" from Nat's ex-sponsor, Suzie. Up until that moment in the season finale, we weren't sure Lottie had even made it back from the woods, as we were originally led to believe that Taissa, Travis, Nat, Shauna and Misty were the only survivors who made it back to civilization.

Obviously, that's not true, as Lottie is very much alive and well and the leader of some sort of shady organization and/or cult in the present day. This is no surprise given she seemed to be in command of some of the darkest moments of season 1, and seemingly dispatched some of her gang to kidnap Nat in the present day. 

Along with learning more about what Lottie's been up to in the 25 years since the crash, hopefully, we'll also learn more about Taissa's darker habits, and potentially find out which girl met that gruesome end in the opening scene of the show.

Finally, those new casting announcements also mean that we'll likely be learning more about the other adult survivors who weren't in the first season, so expect to see more from Van.

Is there a trailer for Yellowjackets season 2?

Not yet, though given we're still getting new casting info and production is only due to get underway in late August, we expect we won't be seeing one anytime soon.

Martin Shore
Staff Writer at WhatToWatch.com

Martin is a Staff Writer with WhatToWatch.com, where he produces a variety of articles focused on the latest and greatest films and TV shows. 

Some of his favorite shows are What We Do In The Shadows, Bridgerton, Gangs of London, The Witcher, Doctor Who, and Ghosts. When he’s not watching TV or at the movies, Martin’s probably still in front of a screen playing the latest video games, reading, or watching the NFL.