Yellowjackets Showrunner Teases Even Worse Things Than Cannibalism In Season 2

The moment in "Yellowjackets" that we have all been dreading is finally coming. As we saw in its season 2 premiere, the titular soccer team has officially entered cannibalism territory, even if it's still relatively minor. Of course, we knew that this was eventually going to happen thanks to the show's great pilot episode, but that doesn't make its inevitable introduction any less stressful.

However, if co-showrunner Jonathan Lisco is to be believed, that might not be the worst thing that the girls get up to this season. That's saying a lot, but he recently told Variety in a post-premiere interview that more difficult and morally ambiguous decisions are on the horizon in the show's past and present:

"What we're trying to say is their choices are going to become more morally ambiguous — because that's what we're really interested in. You could make the argument that cannibalism is so terrible, and we can argue that for the next 10 minutes. But you could also wait and see what they're actually going to have to face, and the choices that they're going to have to make. I think you'll find that it gets even more complicated as we go."

A point of no return

Jonathan Lisco makes a very interesting point. The group has already spent months waiting in the woods, with two months having passed since Jackie's death in the season finale. While cannibalism is objectively wrong, the team's options for avoiding this last resort are dwindling, and in dire circumstances, you need to make dire decisions. These can include cannibalism and even more objectively bad but necessary things. Let it be known, however, that none of these upcoming situations will be done purely for shock value.

"I think we've all said in different ways that the cannibalism is possibly the least transgressive thing that we're going to see," Lisco told Variety. "And when we say that, we're not saying, 'Strap in, buckle in, it's gonna get more gruesome!'"

As to what can possibly be more transgressive than cannibalism, who's to say? The show does a good job leaving as much up to the viewer's imagination as possible until the last second. This opens up a wide range of ultimately-necessary depravities in both timelines. It will probably be a while, however, before whatever acts we conjure up in our heads make it to our television screens, if they even do at all.

"Yellowjackets" arrives on Showtime Anytime and Paramount+ with Showtime on Fridays, then airs on Sundays at 9:00 p.m. ET on Showtime.