Yellowjackets Season 2 Trailer Teases Taissa/Van Reunion

After blessing us with a brief teaser trailer back in January, Showtime finally delivers a full-length Yellowjackets season 2 trailer, and it has everything: teen girls running in the woods with weapons, Adult Shauna maybe confessing to murder to her teen daughter, so many characters just absolutely screaming at the top of their lungs, a reunion between Taissa and Van, and a gorgeously haunting cover of “Just a Girl” by Florence + The Machine that I shall have on 🔂 for the foreseeable future.

“Once upon a time,” Teen Van says in the cabin at the top of the trailer. “There was a place called the wilderness. It was beautiful, but it was also violent, and misunderstood. And it waited and waited to befriend whoever arrived.”

That does not sound like a very relaxing bedtime story, Van!!!!!!

We get a little more by way of dialogue and story in this trailer than in the teaser (which was really just like ~cult vibes~). We’ve got Adult Lottie saying she feels they brought the wilderness back with them, Adult Misty providing some exposition as to what Lottie has been up to in the in-between years (apparently, she was in a mental institution in Switzerland), and an investigation into the death of Adam. I’m worried for literally everyone!

Importantly, this trailer finally FINALLY gives us a glimpse at Adult Taissa and Adult Van in the same shot as each other, and it looks like a very emotional reunion! Van cradles Taissa, and though it’s just a snapshot, there’s so much intimacy and history in that body language.

Van holds Taissa in the Yellowjackets season 2 trailer

Another moment in the trailer teases that we’ll see some of the immediate aftermath of the girls getting out of the woods in this season. We see a gaggle of reporters shouting questions at the team as they emerge out of a building in hoodies and hats. Teen Misty, of course, looks very interested in the press’s attention.

The trailer perfectly evokes the mix of drama, humor, and horror that makes the series crackle. We’ve got a very hilarious line reading by Melanie Lynskey as Adult Shauna with her daughter. We’ve got quick snapshots of violence, the trailer’s tension slicing and alive. We’ve also got some scary ass Adult Taissa shit involving creepy mirror stuff, which I’m always a sucker for — Black Swan vibes! It’s an action-packed, immersive trailer that also highlights just how much of an ensemble show this is.

Taissa has her back to a mirror but her reflection is looking at her, scowling in the Yellowjackets season 2 trailer

The visual that stands out the most for me is the one below, in which it looks like the girls are carrying a human body the same way one might a dead animal. Is it Jackie? Someone else? Are they carrying her to be buried or to be barbecued?

Misty and Van and some other girls carry a large stick in the snowy woods and sneakers pop up, suggesting a human body is tied to the stick in the Yellowjackets season 2 trailer.

“We hear the wilderness, and it hears us,” the girls chant in the trailer. Teen Van also muses that she thinks things are going to get a whole lot worse in the woods. I think that’s safe to assume!

And here’s a series of images that perfectly encapsulates my experience of watching this trailer:

Teen Shauna screams, likely giving birth, on Yellowjackets

Teen Lottie screams in the Yellowjackets trailer

Teen Taissa scream-cries on Yellowjackets

Check out everything we know about Yellowjackets season 2, including lots of photos from the upcoming season. Also join me in listening to the full-length version of Florence + The Machine’s “Just a Girl” cover on a loop.

How excited I am for the season premiere? Let’s just put it this way: I was out of office today, and I swiftly logged on just to write about this trailer. When I say Yellowjackets has me in a chokehold, I very much mean it. Can’t wait to give my life over to the wilderness when it debuts later this month.

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Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya is the managing editor of Autostraddle and a lesbian writer of essays, short stories, and pop culture criticism living in Orlando. She is the assistant managing editor of TriQuarterly, and her short stories appear or are forthcoming in McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, Joyland, Catapult, The Offing, and more. Some of her pop culture writing can be found at The A.V. Club, Vulture, The Cut, and others. You can follow her on Twitter or Instagram and learn more about her work on her website.

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24 Comments

  1. I am so nervous about Melanie getting caught for murder! IDK why I am like “she should absolutely get away with murdering this innocent man” but that’s what this show has done to me. ALSO the shot of the chuck taylors as they carry someone on a stick!?!? BLEAK.

    • Mine is the day after and when they announced the premiere date my immediate thought was happy birthday to meeeee. I can’t wait and have started up again telling friends and colleagues who haven’t watched it that they should savor season 1 so they are ready for the premiere!

    • My thoughts … this is what Sophie Nélisse, who plays teen Shauna, was referring to when she told Variety:

      “There’s scenes in Season 2 that are graphic, to say the least, and I remember just doing it, and [the cast] all sat and looked at each other, and we were like ‘What the fuck are we doing. Like, literally, what the fuck are we doing. You’ll look at it, and you’ll understand, but I don’t think you’ve ever seen such a scene in TV before.”

      So, teen Shauna, still pregnant? “Graphic, to say the least” … What are your thoughts?

  2. BUZZ BUZZ BUZZ

    things i am super hype for:
    -post rescue teens??
    -adult nat explaining to adult misty about lottie
    -the mere existence of tai and van (either timeline) in the same room
    -whatever is happening in that bit where all the teens are running through the snow with weapons
    -lottie’s cult!

    but also i am super hype for all of it

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