Yellowjackets' Melanie Lynskey Teases Welcoming Husband Jason Ritter to the Team

Melanie Lynskey teased her husband Jason Ritter's upcoming Yellowjackets season two guest star appearance at the 2023 Independent Spirit Awards exclusively with E! News.

By JD Knapp Mar 06, 2023 10:11 PMTags
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As if season two of Yellowjackets didn't have enough buzz.

While the return of the Showtime drama is already one of the most anticipated TV events of the year, Melanie Lynskey just dropped some new details about one highly anticipated new cast addition: her husband Jason Ritter.

"I can't say anything about it, but he did an episode," she exclusively told E! News at the 2023 Independent Spirit Awards on March 4. "It's always so fun to be with him. He's such a nice person, he made me look better."

This isn't the first time the pair has had this arrangement as the Gravity Falls alum recently popped up in a surprise cameo in Melanie and Jessica Biel's 2022 Hulu miniseries Candy with the latter's husband Justin Timberlake.

"We've been on set together many times," Melanie added. "It's a difficult thing, because you're trying to figure out childcare."

And while fans of the show know to expect the unexpected when it comes to Yellowjackets, Melanie, who stars as Shauna alongside Tawny Cypress, Christina Ricci and Juliette Lewis as the now-adult survivors of a horrific 1996 plane crash, teased just how twisty things get in the series' second installment.

Everything We Know About Yellowjackets Season 2

"So much surprised me," she explained of her character arc. "[Shauna's] really grappling with this idea of finding her power in doing dangerous things and so she's really pushing it this season. I would read the scripts and be like, 'What?!'"

Additionally, Elijah Wood, Simone Kessell and Lauren Ambrose have joined the cast, with the latter two playing adult versions of Lottie and Van, respectively—confirming they, too, made it out of the woods. And for the Servant actress, starring alongside a powerhouse cast of women was an extraordinary experience.

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"Just to work with so many women my age, that's very rare," Lauren exclusively told E! News in January. "I actually welled up with tears when I saw that call sheet. I hadn't had the opportunity to be a part of something where so many women had similar roads being in the business for a long time—we're survivors in our own right."

Join the hivemind when Yellowjackets returns March 24 on Showtime. And read on for everything we know about season two, below...

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.



Plus, see more from the 2023 Independent Spirit Awards tonight on E! News at 11 p.m. EST.

With reporting by Adam Havener


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