SPOILER ALERT: This story contains spoilers from Storytelling, the Season 2 finale of Yellowjackets, now streaming on Showtime.
The second season of Yellowjackets has come to a dark and twisted end. In the 1996 timeline, teen Lottie (Courtney Eaton) handed over the role of leader of the wilderness to Natalie (Sophie Thatcher), as all the young girls bowed to her, confirming she was, in fact, the Antler Queen. However, the celebration was cut short as a fire sparked in the middle of the night. While everyone escaped, the group was left standing outside in the snow, watching flames encapsulate their home.
In the present timeline, the group once again drew cards to see who the wilderness wanted an idea suggested by Lottie (Simone Kessell). Before they performed this old ritual, Natalie (Juliette Lewis) warned the rest of the residents to leave, including Lisa (Nicole Maines), to whom she had grown close throughout her time at Lotties retreat. After Shauna (Melanie Lynskey) drew the Queen and the group began hunting her, Shaunas daughter Callie (Sarah Desjardins) showed up in the nick of time to save her mom.
Then, Lottie started listing all the ways the wilderness is still out to get them, bringing up the many deaths theyd caused. Upset, Natalie pulled out a knife. At that moment, Lisa approached the group with a gun pointed at Natalie. She demanded that Natalie drop the knife, which she did, but Lisa kept the gun drawn. With that, Misty (Christina Ricci) ran in to inject her with phenobarbital but Natalie stepped in front of Lisa, ultimately, dying at Mistys hand. The episode ended with Natalies body being removed, explained away as an overdose, and Lottie being taken to a mental hospital.
Lauren Ambrose, Simone Kessell, Tawny Cypress, Juliette Lewis and Christina Ricci. Kailey Schwerman/SHOWTIME Its safe to say that while all the characters will be affected by Nats death next season, the entire cast also felt the shocking twist, as Lewis has been on the show since the beginning.
Thatcher, who plays the younger version of Natalie, told Variety she was pretty devastated by Lewis departure.
Its so heartbreaking, but then also creates more levels for younger Natalie, because the viewers will have that in mind, she said. Theres another layer to watching younger Natalie I think now and going forward. But Juliette was my mentor, and she is so incredible. To lose her on the show felt really like losing a part of yourself. It was sad, but I think itll be interesting to see how it plays from here on out.
In an interview with Ricci, whose Misty accidentally killed her self-proclaimed best friend, she shares her reaction to the final twist, Mistys devastating mistake and her overall feelings about Season 2.
When did you find out about Natalies death and what was your reaction?
I didnt know until very shortly before we shot the episode. We all love Juliette. I love Juliette. Weve all gone through so much on the show and gotten so close, and fought and reconciled and love each other and were like sisters. I think we were all all very upset and sad that Natalie was dying. And it was tough to shoot. It was very emotional. We shot a lot more than ended up in the episode of me holding Juliette while she was dying and stuff. Those were really tough scenes, and really upsetting. I ran into Juliette the next day in the airport, and we both started crying again.
Do you feel like any part of Misty wanted to kill Natalie?
No. It was a complete mistake. She made an impulsive choice another characteristically immature, impulsive, selfish choice where she was going to kill the person who was going to hurt her friend. Not wanting her friends taken away, its about keeping what she wants. It was a disastrous decision.
Was there any moment that the group was actually going to kill Shauna?
I think that question is more for each individual actor playing each character. I can speak for what I feel was Mistys position at that time. I think theres something incredibly alluring and exciting about acting out something that was such a huge part of their past, something that was so impactful, and at the time, they were so committed to it. I think that probably reenacting that evoked a lot of those same feelings. But I think given what Misty experienced in previous episodes shes given something to live for, is given something to protect. Finally having something to lose in real life makes her a little bit more pragmatic, and less apt to just jump on this idea.
When they do finally get to that moment, I think something about that physical memory of it and emotional memory of it comes back. So I think she probably would have taken part in it, but shes not at the front of the pack. Shes just following Natalie to make sure nothing bad happens to her.
During the finale, we found out that Natalie is the Antler Queen, the person we saw in the pilot. Were you aware of that?
We dont see Misty emotionally reacting to what happened to her in the past very often. She has sort of this hyper-vigilant refusal to feel bad, or to let it affect her on an emotional level at all. But she cant help but act on the feelings she had in the past, so her obsession with Natalie from the beginning is because Natalie was the original Antler Queen, as revealed in the end of this episode.
Sophie Thatcher as Teen Natalie and Samantha Hanratty as Teen Misty in Yellowjackets. Kailey Schwerman/SHOWTIME Do you think anyone in Mistys life knows what really happened to Crystal?
No. I dont think that Misty believes that its her fault. I think certain characters can conveniently apply the wilderness and its power and willfulness when needed to not feel responsible for certain things. We do see most of the characters pick and choose when they decide that it was the wilderness doing something, and not them. I think thats one of those instances where she would deal with it in that way, so as to not really, intellectually, feel bad about it. Of course, subconsciously she does thats why she doesnt want anything to do with Walter once he reveals that he knows who she is. But I dont think thats a conscious thought for her.
Speaking of Walter, his energy perfectly matched with Mistys. How did you and Elijah Wood create that?
I think most of that is really in the writing. Elijah is such an amazing scene partner, and we just really were able to match each other. It just worked. It was really perfect.
What was it like filming that big dance number in Episode 7?
Well, originally I did some dancing, too! I joined them on stage, and they didnt use any of that, so I must have been really bad which isnt surprising. I dont know very much about musicals, and I dont consider myself someone who enjoys dancing or singing. So its not surprising that I was cut out of that!
People would love to see a Walter and Misty spinoff one day.
Its a fun idea.
Would you say that the investigation into who killed Adam is closed now?
I dont really know. I thought the Adam Martin thing was sort of over last time, but it wasnt. Anything can happen, really.
Do you pay attention to viewer responses on social media? And if so, have you noticed any difference in the reactions this season versus last season?
I do read the reviews of the episodes. People still seem to really love the individual characters. And they seem very intrigued by different aspects. I think that the 1996 storyline is so incredibly compelling, and so well executed. Theyre such an amazing group of actors in that storyline. It definitely feels like that is the storyline that people are mostly writing about or talking about.
Have you guys had a conversation about what next season looks like without Juliette, and what Misty is going through?
No. Ive had no conversations about next season. Every show has its own way it functions, and its own dynamic. And on this show, I think the writers have such a huge burden with not only the complexity of the narrative, but also the amount of main characters that they have and the amount of storylines. So generally, we dont get a lot of information before we shoot.
This interview has been edited and condensed. William Earl contributed to this report.
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