The third season of the Showtime psychological thriller, Yellowjackets, will not hit screens until 2025. The delay is attributed to the impact of the writers and actors strikes that disrupted production for many scripted series.
After the WGA strike began in May, the writers room for Yellowjackets temporarily closed, resuming operations in September. The series, created by Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickerson, revolves around a group of teenagers involved in a 1996 plane crash and explores the aftermath years later. Despite the delay, Yellowjackets has earned critical acclaim, securing seven Primetime Emmy Award nominations in its first two seasons.
The ensemble cast spans the 1996 and 2021 eras. Sophie Nélisse, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Sophie Thatcher, Samantha Hanratty, Liv Hewson, and Courtney Eaton as a group of teenagers involved in a plane crash in 1996, with Melanie Lynskey, Tawny Cypress, Juliette Lewis, Christina Ricci, Lauren Ambrose, and Simone Kessell playing their adult counterparts in 2021. Ella Purnell, Steven Krueger, Warren Kole, and Kevin Alves also star.
The Season 2 finale, “Storytelling,” aired on May 28, 2023 and finale set the stage for an intense third season, as the survivors find themselves without shelter, facing increased challenges for survival. The burning of the cabin by Coach Ben adds a new layer of complexity to the storyline.
Despite the long wait for Yellowjacket Season 3, a bonus episode is confirmed to precede the new season. Most of the core cast is expected to return, with the possibility of Juliette Lewis reprising her role through flashbacks or visions.