Yellowjackets is an American television psychological drama series released on 14 November 2014. Created by Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickerson, the show is about a group of highly talented soccer players from New Jersey High School who crash in the Canadian wilderness while flying to Seattle for a tournament. Yellowjackets have the best theories ever to keep you awake at night and wonder.
Their struggles of nineteen months are shown in this survival drama, along with their present lives. The story is set in 1996 and features Christina Ricci, Peter Gadiot, Ella Purnell, Sophie Thatcher, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Sammi Hanratty, Melanie Lynskey, Tawny Cypress, and Juliette Lewis.
The first season of this showtime drama now also premieres on Voot and Hulu and is already renewed for a second season.
The final episode of the show’s first season aired on 16 January has left the viewers with questions and confusion.
The plot is not self-explanatory, so fans are left to make up the theories that will make sense to them. Get your Yellowjackets jersey on, as this list comprises the twenty best Yellowjackets’ fan theories that have been made so far.
20. Ben’s Killer
Everyone who has watched season one of Yellowjackets knows that Misty is the most sinister person in the group. Even before crashing in the wilds, she was not doing well. Things between her and Coach Ben were not great either.
It is very much possible that Misty finally lost her patience and killed Ben. The show starts with cannibalism, so there are chances that the girl’s soccer team may make a meal out of him as well.
19. Misty’s Real Identity
We still don’t entirely know what has happened to team captain Jackie. She could still be alive, have survived the ordeal and died sometime after, or have died in the wilderness.
This might be a question we won’t know until Season Two or Beyond, but one user claims that Jackie was in front of us the entire time. However, she’s no longer Jackie but Misty.
The theory puts forward the fact that teenage Misty died at some point, perhaps in the woods when she was under the influence of the Antler Queen. In her grief or madness, Jackie supposedly took over Misty’s identity when they were rescued.
Because this theory hinges almost entirely on how the author doesn’t think that the teenage Misty actress looks enough like the actress who played the role of adult Misty.
18. The Antler Queen
One of the biggest questions might be Who is the Antler Queen? The first name that comes to mind is Lottie (Courtney Eaton). The way she stood in front of the mounted antlers in the cabin was ominous, and she also had hair long enough to weave through the queen’s robe.
The spirit of the owner of the cabin genuinely possessed her. She noticed the lights from the house and the carvings in the trees. Not to mention her Romeo and Juliet–esque candlelit walk during her christening.
But it seems more than likely that Lottie is the girl killed in the opening scene, based on the hair and the matching bracelet. The hair could just be used to decorate the queen’s robe. It’s not Misty, and the other girls are possibly Tai, Van, and Mari. This points to primarily Jackie or Shauna as the Antler queen.
17. Human Sacrifice
Another interesting theory is that the survivors were not resorting to cannibalism but fulfilling some ritualistic sacrifice.
The killing of the first woman could just be another ‘red’ herring. This theory explains the ritualistic elements of chasing the sacrifice through the woods in the first episode’s opening. Not to eat, but sacrificial blood to the land for providing sustenance. Even Lottie said that ‘It’ wants blood. There might be something supernatural about the unknown ‘it.’
16. Shauna’s Baby
The show achieved a significant breakthrough when Shauna realized that she was pregnant. But unluckily, things could have taken a very dark turn following this news.
Shauna could have been dreaming of giving birth to a roast chicken and eating it. This is an indication of the upcoming disasters. Maybe they would be too starved to leave the baby alone and not make it their meal, or perhaps the baby dies naturally, and they eat it. Either way, the girls will most likely consume Shauna’s baby.
15. Adam’s Connection To The Survivors
One of the most favorite Yellowjackets theories is the identity of Adam Martin, the owner of the body shop whose friendship with adult Shauna seemed suspicious.
Many people think Adam is the grown-up Javi (Luciano Leroux) who wants to get the adult survivors for an unknown reason.
In addition, we have seen that Jackie and Natalie did not have a close friendship, which is likely to turn even more bitter as they spend more time in the woods together.
One of the theories claims that Adam could be Jackie and Travis Martinez’s (Kevin Alves) child. Jackie could try and have sex with Travis to take revenge on Natalie. But this theory does not explain that Adam looks older than twenty-five years.
14. Javi’s Death
Fans have various questions regarding Javi’s fate in season 2. He is still not seen in the present timeline by the end of the first season, and his status on the island is unknown. The last viewers saw of him was when young Shauna had run him off.
After that, Javi might have been killed in a wolf attack. Wolves are indeed present in that area, so there is a high chance that this theory is true. Due to his death, Travis would grow closer to Natalie or seek comfort in Shauna.
13. Who Is The Pit Girl?
Yellowjackets’ opening scene is highly horrifying as an unknown woman is shown running through the woods before she falls into a pit of spikes while probably escaping from her pursuing killers. Her body is then bled and cooked in an act of ritual cannibalism. Her identity was never revealed, so nobody knows her, but some theories exist.
Perhaps one of the show’s biggest mysteries thus far is who the Pit Girl is. A Reddit user believes that the Pit Girl is Mari.
They support their theory by pointing out that she bullied Misty (even though she’s the one who put the mushrooms in the stew). Misty’s smile after the ritual eating makes her seem pleased with who died in the pit.
12. Is The Pit Girl Even A Girl?
The Pit Girl was shown in the first episode as an unfortunate survivor of the plane crash who had a gruesome end when she fell into a pit full of spikes. However, one of the theories says that the survivor is not a girl but Javi. It is possible that Javi just grew his hair long from all the time spent in the wilderness.
But the Pit Girl had the coveted gold heart necklace that belonged to Jackie, and we know that she doesn’t give the chain to just anyone. Furthermore, when the figure fell into the pit, a high-pitched scream came out, which is why this theory was disapproved.
11. Jackie’s Fate
Initially, the viewers believed that everyone except the four adults died in the woods. That proved to be false when we learned that Travis survived. There might be other adult yellowjackets, too, who could have survived.
Twenty years since the crash is enough time for other survivors to have gone off the grid or passed away for different reasons. Plus, the diaries in Jackie’s parents’ house referenced her favorite movies that came out after the plane crash.
Shauna’s best friend, Jackie, may survive. After leaving the woods, she either died or faked her death in the years after the accident. It can’t be put past Jackie to have time traveling if possible.
10. Shauna’s Daughter Kills Jeff
Viewers have mixed feelings about Shauna’s daughter Callie (played by Sarah Desjardins). Some people think she is just a teenager with a rollercoaster of emotions; others believe she deserves to be cannibalized.
But could she have committed a murder is a doubt that comes in the minds of some viewers. Jeff tells Shauna in the first episode that he will ensure their child returns to kill him if he doesn’t pull out.
It is possible that Callie killed Jeff in the season finale. However, there is no proof in the plot of Callie committing patricide.
The survivors of the crash are often suffering from hallucinations. These could be because of either psychological trauma or something supernatural, but it could also be Prion disease.
Prions are contagious, misfolded proteins, and while they can be inherited, they’re usually contracted by eating the nerve tissue of an infected animal. In animals, this is generally seen in cannibalism.
Symptoms of the disease include memory loss, hallucinations, personality changes, insomnia, and impaired thinking. It is possible that the survivors could have got the disease from eating human meat.
8. The Eyeless Man
Tai first saw a ghost-like pale male figure with empty eye sockets while visiting her ill grandmother. Even after years since the incident, she continued to see the man with no eyes. Recently, she saw the man with no eyes during a press conference outside her house, for which she hired a fake reporter.
The figure also appears in the forest during the opening credits, which indicates that the eyeless man has followed Tai to Canada.
While Tai’s grandmother was dying, she said that she was haunted by the exact figure, which often caused her to sleepwalk toward the forest and start eating dirt. It is possible that Tai got scared after her death and started seeing the figure whenever she felt afraid, like her grandmother. The man with no eyes may be a fragment of her imagination. Or maybe he is genuine.
7. Travis’s Murder
The eighth episode might have revealed the identity of the man covered in glitter who blackmailed the Yellowjackets, but we cannot say that this person killed Travis. The murderer could be someone else, maybe one of the Yellowjackets or someone from the outside who wants to sabotage them.
Maybe Travis made some enemies with his own Yellowjackets connections that he kept hidden. If Javi isn’t Adam, he could seek revenge on people who stole his childhood.
6. The Dead French Canadian guy
Jackie saw a body that had died and decomposed in an attic. The person might have been unable to escape. The attic showed no signs of bloodshed or another injury, which means the person was held hostage, not to mention the fact that the skeleton is also missing fingers which makes this theory likely to be actual.
This person was prevented from leaving the forest. He couldn’t even escape the cabin and run to the water. This person was probably maimed by whoever and whatever trapped him there (or a previous injury) and eventually killed or starved in the attic.
5. Jeff Is The Blackmailer
Shauna’s husband, Jeff, may be the one blackmailing the group. This is clear that Shauna’s dopey husband does not do inventory all night and is responsible for the glitter in Shauna’s closet.
It cannot be Adam because the timing between the blackmailer of the Yellowjackets fleeing in the car and Adam showing up at Shauna’s house in his pickup truck is too tight. Furthermore, Jeff knows Taissa, Misty, and Nat, and he knows what will irritate them.
4. Island’s Supernatural Force
Lottie’s connection with a mysterious force or a higher power operating in the forest has been referenced multiple times since the crash. On finding the plane, she said. It didn’t want him to leave. She also said once that It’s in all of them.
Lottie could be talking about the forest or a supernatural force residing in the woods, like the man without eyes. Whoever it is, Lottie’s gift of connecting with the party sure is mysterious and will continue to mesmerize us as adult Lottie features in season 2.
3. Misty’s Cannibalistic Habits
Misty continues to be less than stable in her adult years, and we know she likes kidnapping the people who try to dig too deep into her life. Possibly, she is still capable of eating other people as she did in the first episode.
A Reddit user believes that perhaps a man she brought home in the second episode would have become her meal if Natalie wasn’t waiting for her. Most fans agree that Misty is the most susceptible to being cannibalistic in the two timelines.
2. The Symbol
The true origins of the symbol are still not known to anyone. We only know that the character was there before the arrival of the survivors. It was carved into a tree near the place where the plane crashed. This could probably be a symbol for a nearby mine shaft.
The symbol could be a map of a hidden mining shaft. The circle in the logo could be the sun, and the lines and triangles on the logo can overlap mountains. The hook is perhaps the mining shaft.
The body found in the cabin could be of the owner of the mine, who made these symbols to remember where to find it, as it could have been too valuable to lose.
1. Who Is Adam?
There is a chance that the adult Shauna’s younger love interest, Adam, is grown-up Javi. It is possible, as Javi is only a few years younger than Shauna when the accident occurs. Javi’s fate remains unknown in season one, but we know that Javi has an interest in art, something that he and Adam have in common.
Adam also has a tattoo of a mountain range which looks just like the geometric shapes in the symbol that kept appearing on the island.