Everything We Know So Far About the “Yellowjackets” Cannibalism


“Yellowjackets” has broadcast where the characters’ journeys are heading since the very first episode. Viewers initially meet the titular Yellowjackets team after their plane crashes in the woods, forcing them to resort to cannibalism. And not just any cannibalism: it’s some sort of ritualized event they take part in, complete with costumes and masks and the Antler Queen (who we later learn is Lottie). The very first moments of the series show a girl being chased through the forest. She falls into a pit, trapped, and the survivors eat her.

With season two finally here, fans are still wondering who the girl in the pit is, and who’s the first survivor who will be eaten. Amid all this, the cast and crew of the series have stressed that cannibalism isn’t the only messed up thing that’s going to happen in the show. “If we do our job right, the eating of a person will not be the most transgressive thing that these young women do in the wilderness. That’s just the tip of the iceberg,” “Yellowjackets” coshowrunner Jonathan Lisco told Entertainment Weekly on March 2.

“We are the trauma timeline,” Jasmin Savoy Brown, who plays Teen Taissa, told EW of the scenes the character films in 1996 – when the cannibalism will happen. “It’s simply going to get worse and worse. I don’t know how we’ll be standing by season five.”

As season two begins, the girls (plus Travis, Coach Ben, and Javi, if he’s alive out there) face a hunger crisis brought on by winter, which will bring them to the brink of survival. While we don’t know a whole lot about the cannibalism that takes place, we do know the Yellowjackets are not going to eat Shauna’s baby.

Here’s what we do know so far about the “Yellowjackets” cannibalism.

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Have the Yellowjackets Eaten Anyone Yet?

As of the first episode of the second season, the “Yellowjackets” have yet to resort to cannibalism for survival. However, Shauna does put Jackie’s ear in her mouth after it fell off, and it appears she may have eaten it, which could make her the first cannibal.

What Have the Adult Yellowjackets Said About the Cannibalism?

In the present-day timeline, Misty, Taissa, Nat, and Shauna, haven’t explicitly talked about cannibalism. However, when Shauna kills Adam and calls on the other girls to help her cover it up, Misty orders her to cut his body into pieces. Shauna and her friends can’t help but joke about how this isn’t her first time doing this, seemingly a dark joke about their history of cannibalism.

Who Is the Girl in the Pit?

We still don’t know the identity of the girl in the pit in the first episode. Based on who’s still around in the present day, it seems most likely that figure will be one of the Yellowjackets who aren’t a main character: Crystal, Mari, Gen, and Melissa, who all have long black hair. The pit girl is wearing Jackie’s necklace, but it’s not clear how she got it.

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

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