Your First Look at Elijah Wood in Yellowjackets Season 2

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Melanie Lynskey Teases “Insane” Yellowjackets Season 2

The first photo of Elijah Wood in Yellowjackets season two? That deserves a “buzz, buzz.”

On Jan. 10, Showtime dropped the first image of The Lord of the Rings alum in his new role for season two of Yellowjackets. In the sneak peek, Wood is seen looking perplexed as he takes in a woodsy scene next to Christina Ricci‘s Misty. 

This first look seems fitting, as Wood’s character Walter has been described by Showtime as “a dedicated Citizen Detective, who will challenge Misty in ways she won’t see coming.”

However, there may be something more between Misty and Walter, especially since Showtime’s Instagram account captioned the new photo: “Is it too early to ship?”

We don’t think so!

For those who’ve yet to jump on the Yellowjackets buzz, the Showtime drama tells the story of the Wiskayok High Yellowjackets girls’ soccer team, who were forced to survive in the wilderness for 19 months after a plane crashed en route to nationals. The series documents the aftermath of the crash, as well as the drama the survivors face decades later.

The series stars Ricci, Melanie Lynskey, Juliette Lewis and Tawny Cypress as the adult Yellowjackets, with Sophie Nélisse, Sammi Hanratty, Sophie Thatcher and Jasmin Savoy Brown playing their younger selves, respectively.

For everything we know about season two, keep reading:

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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.

Ambrose 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.

We can’t wait to find out what she’s been up to since.

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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.

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Get Ready For Adult Lottie

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.

Maybe she’s gotten into pyramid schemes now?

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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.

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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.”

Be careful, we wouldn’t suggest getting on her bad side.

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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

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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.

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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.”

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A Premiere Date—and a Season 3 Renewal

Brace yourself, because season two of Yellowjackets premieres March 24 on Showtime.

But that’s not all—the show has already been renewed for a third season.


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