Buzz, buzz, buzz. Yellowjackets just wrapped its second season. I don’t know about you, but I have significantly more questions than answers at this point in the narrative. We know the creative team has a five-season plan, so there’s a good chance we won’t get most of our burning queries resolved until later in the story. The only certainty we have for Season 3 is that Jeff (Warren Kole) will continue to be the ride-or-die himbo king of our dreams who provides necessary levity.
I have 12 buzzing questions in need of answering in Season 3. Obviously, there are spoilers, so peruse at your peril, acolytes of The Wilderness.
Who is Cabin Daddy?
Cabin Daddy’s identity has been a lingering question since Season 1. What brought him to that cabin? How did he die? How closely connected is he to the symbol’s origin and purpose? We’ve got approximately one thousand questions and zero concrete answers. Such is the nature of this show.
Of course, with the cabin now a pile of ashes, one has to wonder if said cabin itself held any sway over our crash survivors and “The Wilderness.” Is it the primary source of supernatural phenomena? With it incinerated, could this spell the end of the supernatural shenanigans? I could see the teens chalking up their cannibalistic and hunting rituals as doing The Wilderness’s bidding, but perhaps whatever fantastical entity that initially bewitched them is gone. Maybe everything the adults do in the present timeline is 100 percent sans Wilderness influence, despite what Lottie (Simone Kessell) believes. But I digress.
Jason Ritter was seen on set wearing the same jacket as Travis (Kevin Alves) and teen Lottie (Courtney Eaton). One would assume he’s Cabin Daddy. We might get an origin story episode or a few flashbacks in Season 3. Here’s hoping we do.
Will Saracusa commit to Walter’s story?
While Saracusa (John Reynolds) sticks with Walter’s (Elijah Wood) fabricated coverup in the Season 2 finale, will he continue to uphold that story in Season 3? Saracusa is a loose cannon. He tried to implicate Shauna (Melanie Lynskey) by not following protocol and seducing Callie (Sarah Desjardins), a teenage girl. He’s not above playing dirty. Will he continue the false narrative that he barely escaped with his life while stopping Kevyn (Alex Wyndham), a corrupt cop involved in a sordid scandal who murdered Adam Martin and Jessica Roberts? Probably not.
I can picture Saracusa seeking revenge against the Sadecki clan, perhaps uncovering what the Yellowjackets did in The Wilderness. I hope we abandon the Adam plot entirely and move in the other direction, embracing the ’90s plot to further establish that connective tissue between the two timelines. Saracusa could become the big bad for Season 3 in the present.
Did “It” enter Callie?
Remember when Lottie commented on how powerful Callie is? I’ve seen fans mention how Callie’s expression changed upon hearing the remark. Did The Wilderness entity enter Callie at that moment? I don’t think so, but I’d love for Season 3 to address this. My theory is she was merely taken aback by what Lottie said. It’s not like Shauna showers her daughter with compliments.
Maybe I’m taking the moment too literally or at face value. However, I’d like the writers to infuse the narrative with as much realism as possible. Keep the supernatural elements to a minimum. Allow the women’s trauma to fuel everything they did in The Wilderness and the present timeline.
Regardless, Callie will become more involved with the Yellowjackets somehow.
Will life improve for the adults since they “sacrificed” Nat to The Wilderness?
Before Lottie is institutionalized, she tells Taissa (Tawny Cypress) and Van (Lauren Ambrose) that The Wilderness is pleased with their sacrifice. They’ll also see the benefits of that contentment soon. Even though Nat’s (Juliette Lewis) unfortunate death wasn’t on the table, Lottie views it as an offering to “It,” whatever that might be.
Could this mean Van’s terminal cancer goes into remission? Perhaps Tai mends fences with Simone (Rukiya Bernard) and Sammy (Aiden Stoxx). Her senatorial work is successful, and her constituents love her. Misty’s (Christina Ricci) relationship with Walter blossoms. Shauna grows closer to her family. Lottie is released from the institution earlier than expected.
I can see an initial improvement in the cards for the adults, but it might be a placebo effect. They think the sacrifice yielded fruit; however, they did all the heavy lifting to improve their lives. On the flip side, I can picture Nat’s death sending the adults into a downward spiral. Everything goes to sh*t.
What the eff does that symbol mean?
Yeah, you heard me. The enigmatic symbol has confounded me for two seasons. Enough is enough. What the eff does it mean? As mentioned above, the symbol might be linked to Cabin Daddy. Does it legitimately hold any power? I have a feeling we won’t get the answer in Season 3, but I’d sure as hell like one.
Will the teens hunt Ben next season?
It’s pretty apparent Ben (Steven Krueger) committed arson in the season finale. I’d be surprised if Ben grabbing the matches after watching Nat (Sophie Thatcher) being crowned the new leader is a misdirect. It felt too overt not to be the truth. Ben views the teens as a threat to his survival. He also feels they’re too far gone, past the point of no return. Maybe he believes he did them a kindness by putting them out of their misery. Ben also knows they’ll inevitably hunt him, and he’s severely outnumbered (and short a leg).
Ben will return to his symbol tree cave, but perhaps if he hears the teens approaching, he might seek shelter elsewhere. The Wilderness is vast enough for anyone to hide in. The teens might remember he’s not there and put a plan to hunt him into action, especially if they deduce he’s the reason the cabin burned down. Real talk: I’m a Team Ben truther. I hope he survives.
Could the teens find Javi’s symbol tree cave and camp out there?
Javi (Luciano Leroux) should’ve stayed in his symbol tree cave. RIP. The teens will search for a new shelter or attempt to build a fort to protect them from the harsh Canadian winter. They might inadvertently discover Javi’s symbol tree cave with Ben inside it. Who knows — maybe there are legitimate tunnels inside said cave so Ben can easily hide. There’s also the possibility they might find the cave sans Ben and decide to camp out there.
Will the police uncover Walter’s sloppy cleanup work and probe into Kevyn’s death?
Let’s face it: Walter isn’t the serial killer genius he thinks he is. (And neither is Misty.) The false narrative he persuades Saracusa to tell the authorities is riddled with holes. One toxicology report will show Kevyn was drugged. If they find the gun used to shoot him, they’ll discover Walter’s fingerprints on it. It might force the police to reopen Kevyn’s case and examine the evidence. Could they detect that the phone and bank records meant to incriminate him were falsified? It could cause more problems for the Yellowjackets down the line.
Will we see teen Nat don the Antler Queen regalia?
I’ve noticed everyone referring to Nat as the original Antler Queen, from fans online to the cast members themselves. However, the teens don’t refer to her as such … yet. I think the term will take root in the ‘9os timeline in Season 3. Well, perhaps not the royal title itself, but the idea of Natalie serving as a “ruler” more than a leader. We might even see her don the Antler Queen regalia.
As for the strands of hair adorning her robes? I can picture them belonging to Javi unless Shauna (Sophie Nélisse) disposed of his head. It would be eerily poetic if Nat honored Javi by wearing his hair, perhaps as a nod to his sacrifice that installed her as queen.
Will there be a power struggle between teen Nat and Shauna?
When Lottie handed the reins to Nat, Shauna appeared visibly upset. She even hesitated to acknowledge Nat as the new leader when it came time for her to swear fealty. Shauna jots down in her journals that it should’ve been her. Hasn’t she proven herself time and again? This begs the question — will we see a power struggle between her and Shauna? It’s already been alluded to by cast members that there’s more than one Antler Queen.
What if Season 3 ends with Shauna usurping Nat’s throne? Misty (Samantha Hanratty) won’t take too kindly to that, and I can see her getting a little murder-y should anyone try to take power away from Nat.
Who is The Man With No Eyes?
Seriously, who is he? We know he’s tied to Tai (Jasmin Savoy Brown) and has been since she was little. It’s almost as if her dying grandmother passed the ability to see the Man With No Eyes onto her. That would make it some kind of familial trait. But why does Tai see him? Does he share a connection, or perhaps control, Dark Tai? Is he the reason for Tai’s sleepwalking in general? We don’t know if Tai was sleepwalking before the crash. I wonder if the strange symbol unlocked something dormant within Tai.
We know so little about Man With No Eyes and Dark Tai that it would be nice to get more context on both and if they’re potentially linked.
Who is Javi’s “friend”?
All we know is that Javi’s friend is a woman who told Javi to stay put. Could she be related to Cabin Daddy? How did she keep Javi alive for two months while residing in a tree? I’ve seen theories this woman could be Dark Tai or Shauna, but why wouldn’t Javi mention them by name to Ben if that were the case? I think another unseen force, entity or human is living in The Wilderness. I hope we’ll find out the identity of Javi’s friend in Season 3.
What are the buzzing questions you need answered in Yellowjackets Season 3? Sound off in the comments below!
Yellowjackets Seasons 1 and 2 are now streaming on the Showtime app and Paramount+.
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