The ‘Yellowjackets’ Cannibalism Begins: Inside That Ear Scene

Once we requested Christina Ricci how darkish and disturbing Season 2 of Yellowjackets goes when it comes to its ugly horror content material, she mentioned she audibly gasped when she first learn the scripts. “Not in an upset approach, however extra excited,” she mentioned. “There’s an ear factor within the first episode that jogged my memory of Reservoir Canine. That was my favourite film once I was 14, so I used to be actually enthusiastic about that.”

Now that the episode lastly aired Sunday night time on Showtime, we all know what she’s speaking about. It’s gross!

(Warning: Spoilers forward for Season 2 of Yellowjackets.)

The cannibalism has begun—and never in the way in which any of us imagined.

The wilderness timeline of Yellowjackets picks up two months after the primary season completed. That implies that it’s been two months since Jackie (Ella Purnell) froze to loss of life.

After a mushroom-poisoned rave ended with the surviving teen women trying to have an orgy with after which sacrifice Travis (Kevin Alves), who had simply had intercourse for the primary time with Jackie (this present is wild), finest pals Shauna (Sophie Nelisse) and Jackie had an argument in entrance of the group. The blow-up ended with Shauna banishing Jackie to the woods, after Jackie advised the group that Shauna was pregnant with Jackie’s boyfriend’s child (once more, this present…). When Shauna awoke within the morning, the primary snow had fallen, and Jackie died whereas outdoors.

Within the Season 2 premiere, Shauna is clearly grappling with guilt. She has saved Jackie’s frozen corpse within the a part of the cabin the place the meat is saved, and has hallucinatory conversations together with her whereas sourcing the meat for dinner. Purnell returns to the sequence to behave because the ghost of Jackie. When one in every of their make-believe conversations will get heated, Shauna pushes the physique. Contemplating it is a popsicle model of Jackie, when the physique falls, one ear falls off.

Shauna is mortified. At first, she tries to stay it again on the physique. Then, within the final moments of the episode, she does the unthinkable: She eats it.

We knew there was going to be cannibalism ultimately in Yellowjackets, however the way in which it was launched—a pregnant Shauna chowing down on the ear of her finest pal—was definitely a shock.

“I believe [the fans] are going to suppose it’s cool,” Nelisse advised The Day by day Beast’s Obsessed. “They’ve been wanting it. Asking for it. We’re simply giving them what they need. I believe they’re going to like it. I don’t suppose they have been anticipating it to return so early within the first season. We’re serving.”

(L-R) Sophie Nélisse as Teen Shauna and Jasmin Savoy Brown as Teen Taissa in Yellowjackets.

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“Serving,” it appears, has a number of connotations on this case.

Nelisse was over the moon when she came upon that Purnell would return to the sequence for these scenes. “Ella was my finest pal capturing the primary season, and I undoubtedly suppose she left such a gap and such an vacancy in our forged,” she mentioned. “So it was so good to have her again, but in addition unhappy as a result of I knew she was going to go after only a few episodes. So I actually cherished each second I bought to have together with her. Even when it was only a tiny bit.”

“A tiny bit.” Once more, the phrase alternative…

“Shauna is coping with a lot guilt and self-recrimination from [Jackie’s death],” showrunner Jonathan Lisco advised us. “She retains enjoying it again and again in her head. So she goes into the meat shack to speak to Useless Jackie and Useless Jackie talks again to her. She is reliving issues and making an attempt to put in writing a story in her head with each of them speaking to in some methods course of her guilt. However as we all know and as we’ll see, issues don’t go utterly as deliberate.”

And why the ear?

“The ear is a really intimate physique half in some methods,” Lisco mentioned. “There’s nearly an erotic high quality to the ingestion of the ear. I believe individuals, I hope, are actually going to see that it was about their friendship. Shauna and Jackie beloved one another. However Shauna is in Jackie’s shadow in a whole lot of methods. It’s a kind of relationships the place you like the individual, but in addition typically need to destroy that individual. Different occasions you need to be that individual. So what’s the subsequent step? Consumption. So when she takes that ear, it’s each so Jackie might be part of her ceaselessly, in a approach. But in addition to only get it executed.”

(L-R) Courtney Eaton as Teen Lottie, Kevin Alves as Teen Travis, Sophie Thatcher as Teen Natalie, Samantha Hanratty as Teen Misty, Sophie Nélisse as Teen Shauna and Nia Sondaya as Teen Akilah in Yellowjackets.

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“I believe she put it in her pocket and didn’t give it some thought, and as soon as it was there, it was form of like this itch you need to scratch,” Nelisse mentioned. “As soon as the thought was planted inside her head, she needed to decide to it in any other case she wouldn’t cease desirous
about it. So she simply went for it.”

Once we requested forged member Liv Hewson, who performs Teen Van within the sequence, how she reacted to the way in which Jackie was, um, included into the premiere, she mentioned, “Sick.” (Presumably, she meant excited, although on this case, there as soon as once more might be a number of meanings.)

In any case, as Nelisse teases, that is clearly just the start. Whereas she doesn’t say the phrase “cannibalism” explicitly, she insinuates that there’s extra traumatizing eating to return because the season continues.

“There was this second after we have been all sitting across the desk, across the feast, and we have been like, ‘What are our jobs? That is insane,’” she mentioned. “‘I don’t know the way I really feel about this, however I’m gonna do it anyway.’”

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