[Warning: The below contains MAJOR spoilers for the Yellowjackets Season 1 finale “Sic Transit Gloria Mundi.”]
Yes, that is, like after the fight with Shauna (Sophie Nélisse), in which pretty much everything came out – Jackie knows her best friend is pregnant with her boyfriend’s child, and Shauna admits her don’t envy her but feel sorry for her – Jackie leaves the cabin. While it looked like Shauna went to fix things, it turned out she didn’t, and Jackie froze to death overnight. Then Lottie (Courtney Eaton), with Van (Liv Hewson) and Misty (Samantha Hanratty), leaving a bear heart as a sacrifice.
“We’re not aiming for shock or horror, to be clear,” co-host Jonathan Lisco told TV Insider. “We just want to be honest. And so whatever the characters were going through, we wanted to show – not gratuitously or pompously or whatever – but we felt that to really give you a direct experience. In terms of what they’re going through, we have to show you some facts. But it was interesting to us that people felt the show was so brutal, because again, we’re not in the shock business. We’re really trying to keep the emotional storylines and specifics of the characters at the forefront, but surely, because they’re being squeezed like that and they’re going to have to deal with such trauma, we have to show some of that where it’s appropriate.”
Lisco shares Jackie’s death and teases what’s to come for the forest crash survivors in Season 2. (Also, check out the scoop on today’s timeline. here.)
It feels like the whole season we’ve been waiting to see Jackie’s death. What do you want to do with that moment? There is the surreal nature of the cabin. Have everyone gather. It’s “we’ve been waiting for you.”
Jonathan Lisco: First, I’m curious, if I may ask you a question, about whether or not you find our pick controversial… do you expect Jackie to die at the end of the season?
I feel like since we learned that she was dead, that was something that shouldn’t have been overlooked for the second season.
I am so happy. That’s why we put a cap on it. We want to make sure that we satisfy the audience in that respect. I’ve seen some people say, “Oh, I think they’re going to eat her,” or “I think some other outcome is going to happen.” And let me tell you what we’ve always wanted to do: When we look at plot, we’re obviously looking at plot in particular, but we’re equally, if not more, looking at plot. full of feeling. And so, to bring Shauna into 2021, we wanted to make sure that the burden she was carrying was rooted in the most compelling emotional storyline we could think of, something that is truly endemic to the world. female friendship, this idea of rift and repair.
Apparently they had a big breakdown in Episode 10. It’s been simmering throughout the season – the idea that you’re living in my shadow, I have my own life, all of this – and it shows up in full fireworks in Episode 10. Then just because of stubbornness, the fact that neither of them can cross the line and say I’m sorry, even though Shauna dreams of it – because to me, it’s Shauna’s dream happening that she wakes up. It’s not just a vision for our audience. Now there are many interpretations of that. One is that Jackie in her otherworldly state before she died had that vision. But the other thing, of course, is that Shauna is having that dream and waking up from it to find Jackie in the woods. Anyhow, back to this, no one could ever apologize, and that led to Jackie’s tragic death which Shauna now has to carry with her in utter, horrible guilt for the rest of her life. again. And when we were thinking about how to end Jackie’s plot and literally end Jackie, we thought so. It was the most emotional way to do it, leaving Shauna to be haunted by these ghosts for the rest of her life.
So you’re ruling out that the Season 2 premiere will begin, plane crash timeline, are they eating Jackie?
I think that’s pretty safe to say. But I won’t commit to it. I think anything is possible, but I think in a way – I just want to back up and say we’re not really into this sensational, cannibalistic gameplay. I’d love to hear that audiences think cannibalism is one of the least exciting things about the show right now, because it’s definitely moving in that direction, isn’t it? But the issue was not whether they resorted to cannibalism. That’s why and how they would resort to cannibalism. And so I’m not saying that won’t be how we open Season 2. But what I’m saying is that it feels too fast in a way. Have these women gone down to that point yet?
Maybe if we cut the deadline by six months, but toying with the flexibility of our storytelling, it seems like one of the things that audiences are really responding to is organic, analogous evolution. the slow transformation of these characters into a kind of barbarism, a kind of psychological brutality. Whether or not that crosses the line immediately into physical brutality, it might be a bit too quick, in my opinion, but then again, nothing can be ruled out. When we go into the writers room and hash it out, what we’re going to do is see what’s the most emotional plot to tell, not just the most shocking story.
So if you’re saying it’s Shauna’s dream, do you rule out we’ll see that surreal chalet again in the future when the other characters die?
Is not. I think that cabin has taken on a life of its own. There was a French-Canadian trapper who, say, died there under mysterious circumstances, which they found in a chair clutching a rifle. Now, why is he sitting in a chair with a rifle in his hand? Was he scared to leave? If so, what prevented him from leaving? What dark force made him so terrified that he couldn’t leave his own house? Did he go there alone? Who was with him? Those are really interesting questions to explore, which will then cross-pollinate with the girls’ storylines.
What’s going on with Lottie and that sacrifice? Should we keep in mind the fact that how far Misty has been with her when it comes to Misty as an adult?
What we really wanted to do was plant the seeds of these women’s sectarian encroachment in the woods, and so Misty was a kind of deeply loyalist. I love that you hit Misty because she can seem unidentifiable at times and very loyal. So the idea that she can actually be quoted, not quoted is leaning in Lottie’s side, what I mean is coming from within her because she really feels the very energy that she has. Lottie is feeling or strategic because she feels maybe that’s where the wind is. is blowing about the social hierarchy. It’s also a tension we’re meant to play, it’s just whose side Misty will be on, if in fact any.
What can you say about where Javi (Luciano Leroux) is?
Javi has been lost, and we’ll be looking for him and finding his whereabouts in Season 2.
We have seen that Ben (Steven Krueger) has lost quite a bit of power over these girls. What does that mean for him and the girls in the future?
I think that’s scary. It’s the same with men, whether women or men, it’s just a bunch of young people who now feel like all the conventions of society have gone down, they no longer respect the authority of adults. It’s a scary place, especially when you have one leg and you’re trying to survive and you literally rely on them for food. So I think he’s in a very dangerous position. I think he’ll do everything he can to ally with everyone to try to protect himself moving forward and to preserve himself.
And stay away from Misty?
I think he might do his best to try and stay away from Misty. But as you can see, there is a little Annie Wilkes in Misty. Misty is not a dummy. Misty is going to make sure he knows where his bread is literally and dialectically buttered and I think will continue to terrorize him to some extent. But don’t forget, Misty can also be reached on an emotional level, so if he plays his cards right, he can improve her threat, at least in the short term.
Is there a key question you can ask that will be answered in Part 2?
I think you’ll see the young women in the 1996 plot begin to engage in a more brutal form of social hierarchy and as things get more tense in the woods and as they’re more forced, we We can certainly see them being more divided into groups. What we wanted to do was dramatize that without losing the humanity of our characters because we didn’t want to use any of them just as props in someone else’s plot. . What we want to do is make sure that when we let them make tough choices in the jungle, especially when scarcity starts and maybe winter starts, we can still identify with their choices and see yourself in them. that we can continue to empathize with them. But I think there will be a schism among young women. And then into the 2021 storyline, new survivors appear that can bring some of those old wounds to the present.
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