As you might have already noticed, hidden among the glitching VHS effects and rapidly edited visuals are a few rogue frames from the second season that are different to the Season 1 opening credits — including some brief shots that might hold clues about what’s to come.
We’ve combed through the Season 2 opening credits frame by frame, worked out what’s there that wasn’t there before, and then filtered out the most interesting moments…
1. The strange symbol marked on a map (27 seconds in).
Everybody’s favourite spooky symbol — you know, the little stick figure with the slash through it that appears carved into trees in the woods and the cabin’s attic floor, and that grown-up Misty (Christina Ricci), Taissa (Tawny Cypress), and Natalie (Juliette Lewis) are sent on postcards in Season 1 — appears yet again in the Season 2 opening credits. Only this time it appears to have been plotted on a map.
Is it possible the girls have worked out some strange pattern in the wilderness? Are we going to finally find out what the weird little thing means?
2. Misty licking blood off her fingers (38 seconds in).
The ghost of cannibalism has been hanging over the show since the opening “Pit Girl” scene of the very first episode — and judging by this shot of young Misty (Samantha Hanratty), which shows her face covered in what looks like blood as she licks her fingers clean, it’s not going to be long before it makes a comeback.
The only caveat? Yellowjackets isn’t short on hallucinations and dream sequences, so it’s always possible this is some kind of nightmare rather as opposed to real life.
Lottie’s weird wilderness cult looks like it’s only going to get bigger.
3. Someone cutting their palm with a knife (52 seconds in).
Yep, it looks like the weird cult-like behaviour that’s forming around Lottie (Courtney Eaton) is only going to get worse. In Season 2, episode 1, we see her blessing Natalie (Sophie Thatcher) and Travis (Kevin Alves) before their daily search for Javi (Luciano Leroux) by pricking her finger and dripping blood into their tea. Based on the shot of someone unidentified cutting their palm in the opening credits, these kind of blood offerings are likely to become more extreme.
4. A goat tied up in the woods with a rope (61 seconds in).
A goat? Tied up in the woods? What exactly is going on here, then? It’s impossible to know for sure, but we assume this shot comes from the wilderness timeline, given the location. If that’s the case, though, then it raises its own set of questions. How do the girls stumble across a goat in the woods? Where does it come from? And are they keeping it or planning to use it as bait to catch another bear?
5. The girls charging through the wilderness with weapons (78 seconds in).
It’s not a question of if the Yellowjackets are going to descend into ritualistic violence and start killing each other, it’s a question of when. And judging by the brief shot in the credits of the team charging through the snowy wilderness, weapons raised, it looks like this moment might come sooner rather than later.
Could they be hunting an animal? It’s possible. But whatever they’re chasing is clearly not that much quicker than them, which leads us to think their prey might very well be human.
Yellowjackets Season 2 is streaming on Showtime, with new episodes streaming weekly on Fridays(opens in a new tab). Episodes also air every Sunday on Showtime at 9 p.m. ET.