Everyone wants to crash with Yellowjackets. The plane crash drama about a high school girls soccer team stranded in the woods and haunted by demons — both metaphorical and (potentially) real — still has viewers buzzing after two seasons. What did those New Jersey teens get up to in the wilderness in the '90s? And what mysteries are still following the surviving women in the present? Tell us, Antler Queen!
When Yellowjackets Season 2 ended with a major character meeting an untimely end, fans were asking yet another question: Will there be a Yellowjackets Season 3? Here's everything we know so far about the Showtime drama's return for a third season, including what the plot might entail, who will star, and when it could premiere.
First things first: Yes, there will be a third season of Yellowjackets. Even though the second season didn't premiere until March 2023, Showtime announced the renewal for Season 3 in December 2022.
"With Yellowjackets' runaway success in Season 1 and the pent-up anticipation for Season 2, we wanted to maximize the momentum by fast-tracking Season 3 now," Showtime and Paramount Media Networks President and CEO Chris McCarthy said in a statement, according to Deadline. "The show's ambition is only exceeded by its execution."
But Season 3 might not be back as soon as fans hope. On May 2, co-creator Ashley Lyle posted on Twitter that the writers room had been back for one day before the writers strike started and delayed production of Season 3. "I'm very excited to get back to it as soon as the WGA gets a fair deal," Lyle tweeted. With actors now joining the writers in striking for fair wages, it's safe to say it might be a while before the Yellowjackets team can return to work.
The first season of the Showtime drama premiered in November 2021, and the sophomore season didn't come out until a year and a half later, in March 2023. If Season 3 were to follow a similar timeline, viewers could expect it to start airing around July 2024. However, given the writers strike and the actors strike, we could be looking at a Season 3 premiere date at the end of 2024 or early 2025.
But while it could be quite a while before fans see Season 3, it might not be quite as long before they see their favorite Yellowjackets return to their TV screens in a bonus episode.
"There will be a bonus episode between seasons," Lyle tweeted on June 1.
Because Season 1 of the show had 10 episodes and Season 2 only had 9, fans began theorizing that there would be an extra episode. Lyle clarified on Twitter that it won't be coming out soon, but fans can expect to see it closer to Season 3.
Again, because we don't know much about Yellowjackets Season 3, it's hard to say who will be in it, but it's likely that much of the main cast will return. However, it's unclear what role — if any — Juliette Lewis will have as adult Natalie Scatorccio in Season 3. Adult Nat did die at the end of Season 2, but Ella Purnell returned as ghost version of her character Jackie in a few episodes of Season 2, so anything is possible with Yellowjackets.
Both seasons of Yellowjackets are available to stream on Showtime. You can also stream it on Paramount+, The Roku Channel, or Prime Video with a Showtime subscription. Plus, you can purchase episodes or seasons on Apple TV or Google Play.