The cast attended Showtime’s “Yellowjackets” activation at South by Southwest on March 10 and spoke with IndieWire about what’s next.
“Yellowjackets” Season 2 is just weeks away, and the hype is palpable — especially among the cast.
Cast members Tawny Cypress, Sophie Nélisse, Samantha Hanratty, Courtney Eaton, Steven Kreuger and Kevin Alves attended Showtime’s “Yellowjackets” activation at South by Southwest on March 10, where they shared some tantalizing tips and teasers for the highly anticipated sophomore season.
“Nobody on the internet got it right, I’m just saying,” Cypress told IndieWire while previewing the activation. “You guys don’t even know what’s coming. You should be worried.”
Without spoiling anything, the actors used ominous words to describe the upcoming episodes, including “brutal,” “heartbreaking,” “horrifying” and “chaos” (Alves rightly added “cold” and “hungry”).
“We doubled down on being the craziest show on television,” Kreuger said.
None of the “Yellowjackets” characters are having a good time (Nélisse used “trauma” as one of her descriptors), but the cast enjoyed bouncing off each other’s fresh material — like Eaton and Simone Kessell as Lottie, who has a bigger role this season. In the trailer, young Lottie is seen screaming and apparently electrocuted, while her older self leads a cult and literally has blood on her hands.
“Lottie deals with a lot of complex issues and this idea of power dynamics that happen in the group,” Alves said. “It was really exciting to watch the end of the first season, which leads to a whole new world.”
Eaton himself said he was excited about young Shauna’s (Nélisse) journey, while Cypress hinted that adult Shauna (Melanie Lynskey) is also in a bit of a bind as she tries to avoid murder charges. Not much has been said about Misty’s journey (other than that everyone in the cast would love to play her), but the team clearly loves the character brought so vividly to life by Hanratty and Christina Ricci.
“You hate him, but in a good way,” Nélisse said. “It’s hard to be the villain you love.”
Despite Misty’s evil – who do we have to worry about this season? The answer was almost unanimously “everyone”—except for Nélisse and Kreuger, who were interviewed together, who are concerned about Kreuger’s coach, Scott.
“He doesn’t say much and seems so innocent, but it’s a conspiracy,” Nélisse said.
Kreuger put it bluntly: “Be careful,” he said. “Kill and be killed.”
“Yellowjackets” Season 2 premieres March 24 on Showtime Anytime and March 26 on Showtime.
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