We’ve Got the Buzz on the Three New Actors Joining Yellowjackets Season 2

The upcoming second season of Showtime's Yellowjackets has added three new faces to its cast, including one actress replacing a departing star from season one. Get the details here.

By Daniel Trainor Jan 06, 2023 11:41 PMTags
Watch: Melanie Lynskey Teases "Insane" Yellowjackets Season 2

The second season of Yellowjackets is ready to take flight.

The Showtime drama, which returns March 24, has added three new actors to its ensemble cast for season two, according to Variety.

Nicole Maines, best known for playing Nia Nal on The CW's Supergirl, will portray Lisa, "an associate of Adult Lottie (Simone Kessell), who is trying to recover from past trauma." Kessell also joins the cast in season two. The teen version of Lottie was played by Courtney Eaton in season one, who will also appear in season two.

The Borgias and Blindspot star François Arnaud will appear in four episodes as Paul, "a New York writer and secret boyfriend of Coach Scott (Steven Kreuger) who reminds Coach Scott of what might have been."

Nia Sondaya, who will also appear on season three of Apple TV+'s Truth Be Told later this year, takes over the role Akilah, a member of the Yellowjackets team, from Keeya King, who played Akilah in season one. No explanation for Keeya's departure has been given.

2023 TV Premiere Dates

For everything else we know about season two of Yellowjackets, keep scrolling.

Van Is Alive!

Six Feet Under alum Lauren Ambrose will play the adult version of Vanessa Palmer (a.k.a. Van) in season two. While the first season explored the present-day lives of her teammates Shauna, Taissa, Nat and Misty, the life of Van—and whether or not she was even alive—remained a mystery.

The actress was seen sporting facial scars in a series of photos released by Showtime Dec. 22, likely a brutal reminder of Van being attacked by a pack of wolves in season one.

Ambrose said that when it comes to what Van is dealing with in the present-day, it's very similar to what her teammates are still wrestling with.

"I think they all are, in a sense, stuck in the trauma," Ambrose told Entertainment Weekly March 20. "That experience is just so defining."

More Young Van, Too

Season two has plenty in store for young Van, too, as Liv Hewson—who played the younger version of Van in season one—has been upgraded to a series regular in the second season.

Get Ready For Adult Lottie in Yellowjackets

Simone Kessell, best known for playing Breha Organa on Disney+'s Obi-Wan Kenobi, will play the adult version of Lottie, who may or may not be a full-on cult leader.

As for what to expect?

"This woman is a guru," co-showrunner Jonathan Lisco told Entertainment Weekly March 10. "But she's also, like many self-proclaimed gurus, very volatile. She's able to give you the scorpion's tail at any moment. That's part of the hold she has on her followers."

Plenty More Young Lottie Ahead

The mysterious workings of young Lottie will play a big role in season two, as well. Courtney Eaton, who played Lottie in season one, has been also been promoted to a series regular in season two.

The antler queen will ride again.

Elijah Wood Is Misty's Worst Nightmare

In August, it was announced that Elijah Wood had joined the cast of season two as Walter, "a dedicated Citizen Detective," according to the network, "who will challenge Misty (Christina Ricci) in ways she won't see coming."

Ricci recently revealed that viewers should expect plenty of shared screen time for the duo, telling The Hollywood Reporter March 14, "Most of the season, for me, was spent with Elijah in two-man scenes."

Yellowjackets Is Keeping Things in the Family

Melanie Lynskey will have a familiar face on set in season two: her own husband Jason Ritter!

In December, it was announced that Jason had joined the cast in an unspecified role. However, Melanie recently let it slip that they might pop up on screen together.

"I can't say anything about it, but he did an episode," she exclusively told E! News March 4. "It's always so fun to be with him. He's such a nice person. He made me look better."

Things Are Going to Get "Insane"

We know the second season is sure to be bonkers—just ask Melanie herself.

"All I can say is that episode two is insane," she told E! News at the Emmys in September. "Episode one is great and I was like, ‘I like it, I like it, it's building on last season.' And then episode two just goes wild."

We're not sure if we're excited or absolutely terrified. Maybe both.

Questions Will Be Answered

With so many mysteries in need of resolution, Yellowjackets co-showrunner Ashley Lyle promised that viewers won't have to wait long for closure.

"It's important to answer the plot questions we raise, or dig at it and not let it exist as a theoretical mystery," she told The Hollywood Reporter in August. "Who is blackmailing the Yellowjackets, we intend to answer. What does it all mean and what's the point of human experience? Those are questions we won't be able to answer fully. But we don't want to leave people hanging on a plot level."

Something "Violent and Misunderstood" Is on the Horizon

On March 9, Showtime dropped the full-length trailer for season two.

"Once upon a time, there was a place called the wilderness," young Van warns. "It was beautiful, but it was also violent and misunderstood. And it waited and waited to befriend whoever arrived."

Later, adult Nat (Juliette Lewis) says, "The whole time, there was some darkness out there," to which adult Lottie replies, "I thought we left it there when we were rescued, but now I realize, we brought it back with us."

Cannibalism Is Just the Start?!

Cannibalism was introduced in Yellowjackets' first episode, with co-creator Bart Nickerson explaining to Entertainment Tonight in January 2022, "We gave away the cannibalism in the pilot. And part of that is we wanted to build to not just that they do in fact engage in cannibalism, but why they do."

As it turns out, we ain't seen nothin' yet.

"If we do our job right, the eating of a person will not be the most transgressive thing that these young women do in the wilderness," co-showrunner Jonathan Lisco told Entertainment Weekly in March. "That's just the tip of the iceberg."

Yellowjackets Season 2 Premiere Date—and a Season 3 Renewal

Brace yourself, because season two of Yellowjackets premieres March 24 on the Showtime app, with a broadcast debut set for March 26 at 9 p.m. on Showtime.

But that's not all—Yellowjackets has already been renewed for a third season and the show's creators have revealed they have a five season plan in place.



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