Yellowjackets boss opens up about the show's planned end ahead of season 2

christina ricci as misty in yellowjackets
Yellowjackets boss opens up on show's futureSky

Yellowjackets could run for a total of five seasons if all goes to plan.

Season 2 of this magnetic survival drama is almost upon us, premiering in just a few weeks' time across the pond, but co-creators Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickerson are already eyeing a long and healthy future on our TV screens.

"The original plan was about five seasons, and we feel like we're still on track for that," Lyle recently told Entertainment Weekly.

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"We don't really see this as being more than a five-season show," she went on to caveat, "I think that there are shows that can go forever, but I think that when you're telling such a deeply serialised story and it's about these characters' lives, you want to reach a satisfying conclusion and not just drag things out forever.

"This isn't really one of those setup shows where it can go anywhere. So far, we've been really on track. Season 2 is largely what we always planned, but you do make a lot of discoveries along the way and so it's always a little bit surprising."

Put simply, Yellowjackets isn't constrained to the team's original vision, because they've always got to afford the narrative some breathing room.

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Nickerson, who also worked on Narcos along with Lyle, chipped in with: "In terms of some of the major places that we wanted to land or move the story to, that is happening, but a lot of the dynamics and what it means to the characters are different than I necessarily thought they would be.

"Some of the major sign posts are still happening, they're just happening in different ways, which I kind of feel like is perfect for keeping the experience alive and vital on our side.

"We take a lot of excitement from the discovery portion. It's a big part of our process and the thing that we enjoy the most about doing this."

Yellowjackets season 2 premieres Friday, March 24 on Showtime in the US, with a UK release date TBA for Sky and NOW users.

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