What Happened to Javi in “Yellowjackets”? All the Theories So Far

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“Yellowjackets” season two is off to a gruesome start but it’s finally given us the first answers about the show’s cannibalism. However, one major question remains: What happened to Javi?

To refresh your memory, Javi (Luciano Leroux) is the younger brother of Travis (Kevin Alves) and their dad was the Yellowjackets team’s coach, who died in their plane crash. The brothers plus Coach Ben (Steven Krueger) are the only men who survive the crash, which puts them in a strange place. Javi, because of his age, mostly evades the notice of the girls. But at the end of season one, he runs away and as of the first two episodes of season two, no one has seen him since.

Ahead, we break down why Javi left, where he might be, and what we know about his fate in the present day.

When Did Javi Go Missing in “Yellowjackets”?

Javi ran away during episode nine of season one, “Doomcoming.” That’s when Misty (Samantha Hanratty as a teen) accidentally drugged the whole team with magic mushrooms, causing them to hallucinate and become violent. Drugged up, the girls (minus Nat and Jackie) chase Travis through the camp with a knife.

Despite the drugs, when Shauna sees Javi, she tells him to run and he does. And so far, he hasn’t come back.

Why Does Nat Fake Javi’s Death in “Yellowjackets”?

When season two picks up, it’s been two months since the end of season one and Javi’s disappearance. Nat (Sophie Thatcher as a teen and Juliette Lewis as an adult) very reasonably thinks that Javi is dead. Season one ended with Jackie freezing in the cold; it seems likely the same thing would have happened to Javi. However, Lottie (Courtney Eaton as a teen and Simone Kessell as an adult) keeps telling Travis that she thinks Javi is still alive out there.

So Nat’s decision to fake Javi’s death using her blood and his pants has two motivations. One, she genuinely wants Travis to move on and start healing from the loss of his brother. She also doesn’t want Lottie to be right and form a stronger connection with Travis. But, historically, Lottie has often been right.

Where Is Javi in “Yellowjackets”?

Travis and Nat cover miles of territory without finding Javi, so it seems he’s not frozen somewhere in the snow. It’s possible he found another cabin the girls don’t know about, or even found people who rescued him, as far-fetched as that might seem. Some fans have theorized that the mysterious Yellowjackets symbol is actually a map of secret mines and that the red river the girls found in season one was some sort of mining runoff. Javi could be hiding in one of the mines, or he could have sought shelter there and died, making his body difficult to find. The other question Javi’s survival raises, though, is how he would have enough food to live off of.

Is Javi Dead in “Yellowjackets”?

We know quite a few of the Yellowjackets crew who survive the woods, but the show has never revealed anything about a possible adult Javi. Travis is deeply traumatized as an adult and ultimately dies trying to make sense of what happened, but we don’t know if that trauma includes Javi dying – or simply never returning – in the woods. We’ll have to keep watching to find out.

New episodes of “Yellowjackets” premiere on Fridays on streaming and Sundays on Showtime.

Related: “Yellowjackets”‘s Creators Say They’ll Start Writing Season 3 This April

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