Three adult women dressed in jeans and jackets, and a fourth in a sleek gold robe who holds a hunting knife, all of them wearing masks and standing in a woodsy clearing at night; still from "Yellowjackets"

The bonus episode of “Yellowjackets” will air before season 3, says the showrunner

The Yellowjackets are currently on strike, but will be back with something for fans to talk about. A bonus episode of Showtime’s “Yellowjackets” is expected to premiere ahead of the official season three premiere, showrunner Ashley Lyle said on Twitter.

Lyle, who created the series with her husband Bart Nickerson and co-showruns with him and Jonathan Lisco, revealed the news when she responded to a fan’s tweet stating that she stayed up late in hopes that a surprise bonus episode would premiere on the Showtime app (“Yellowjackets” airs Sundays, but new Season 2 episodes began streaming before late Friday night).

“Nooooo. Go to bed! Rest!” Lyle tweeted in response to the fan account. “There will be a bonus episode between seasons, but I love you guys and I don’t want you to lose any sleep thinking it’s tonight.”

When contacted by IndieWire, Showtime declined to comment on Lyle’s announcement.

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‘Yellowjackets’ season 2 premiered this March and its finale aired on May 26. Due to the shortened runtime of season 2 – with only nine episodes instead of 10 – there was some speculation from fans that a surprise episode would premiere the week after the finale to address the cliffhangers upon which it show is out. Though Lyle has seemingly confirmed that a bonus episode will indeed happen, it’s unclear when it will air; The show’s writing team is currently on strike with the rest of the Writers Guild of America, and Lyle didn’t specify whether the special episode was filmed during production on season two or if it will be produced during season three.

“Yellowjackets” follows the members of a 1996 high school girls soccer team after they are stranded in the wilderness in a plane crash and are forced to take drastic measures to survive. The show follows two timelines: the story of 1996 and the lives of several survivors 25 years later, as the secrets of their time in the woods threaten to be revealed. Melanie Lynskey, Tawny Cypress, Christina Ricci, Juliette Lewis, Lauren Ambrose and Simone Kessell play the adult versions of the main characters Shauna, Taissa, Misty, Natalie, Van and Lottie while Sophie Nélisse, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Sammi Hanratty, Sophie Thatcher, Liv Hewson and Courtney Eaton play their teenage counterparts. Steven Krueger, Warren Kole and Kevin Alves also star.

Since its premiere in November 2021, ‘Yellowjackets’ has received critical acclaim, particularly for the performances of its large cast, and has received seven Primetime Emmy nominations for its first season. The series is now halfway through the campaign for the 2023 Primetime Emmy nominations, which will be announced on July 12.

For now, read all of our burning questions about “Yellowjackets” after the end of season 2.