'Yellowjackets' Creators on Avoiding the Pitfalls of 'Lost'

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For fans of Showtime’s Yellowjackets, the Lost comparisons are inevitable.

Both shows center around a plane crash, tell their characters’ stories through both present-day and flashbacks, and center their first seasons around a host of unanswered questions.

But if you’re worried that Yellowjackets will go the way of Lost — doing something just for the sake of it rather than seriously thinking through the impact it will have on the plot — the creators are here to reassure you.

On a recent episode of The Kingcast podcast, show creators Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickerson provided some updates on season two. Most importantly, they confirmed that they’ve learned some much-needed lessons from Lost and have no intention of repeating them. Nickerson said,

“We are huge Lost fans. I also think that something that we would try to avoid that it seems like Lost did at times, was the entire thing felt like it was about, at some point, what was happening.”

Lyle added,

“I think what we’re trying to avoid from sort of the Lost precedent, is it felt like — and I don’t know the intricacies of what that [writing] room was like — but it did sometimes feel like they were doing something that was just cool, and then they would figure out what it meant later. That’s something that we’re trying to avoid, just having a moment that feels really cool and then reverse-engineering how it could fit into the plot.”

Although fans are desperate to know what happens next, the show does a great job of balancing both the past and the present and creating engaging plot lines that keep you invested in both time periods. The build-up helps make the horrific events we know are coming seem plausible and inevitable.

And for those concerned about whether or not their pressing questions and the biggest cliffhangers from season one will be answered and resolved in upcoming seasons, Lyle and Nickerson confirmed that they’ve adequately thought things through.

Lyle explained,

“We have a skeleton, we know the big tentpole moments that we want to hit, and we have an exit strategy.”

She added,

“I think that there are going to be a number of things, and pretty early on in the second season, that people find satisfying. That’s all I’ll sort of tease about that, but we’re feeling pretty good about where we’re at.”

Here’s to hoping that season two is just as compelling, unpredictable, and satisfying as season one and answers at least some of fans’ most pressing questions, like what’s going on with Lottie’s cult, which survivors are still diehard members, and what the cult is up to in present day.

There’s no current date set for the premiere of season two, so fingers crossed for an early 2023 timeline.


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