The Cards Drawn in ‘Yellowjackets’ Season 2 Mean More Than You Think (2023)

By Samantha Graves

Liv Hewson has confirmed that the cards were intentionally chosen. What does each card mean?

The Cards Drawn in ‘Yellowjackets’ Season 2 Mean More Than You Think (1)

Editor's Note: The following contains spoilers for Season 2 of Yellowjackets.

Showtime's horror-leaning series Yellowjackets is fantastic for many reasons, namely because of its incredible use of foreshadowing and small details that prove to have massive payoffs in the long run. One of the best examples yet was during Season 2 Episode 8. This moment was foreshadowed all the way back in Season 1 and finally came to fruition with a brilliantly devious twist involving playing cards. But since we know that the showrunners like to leave clues and hints, could it be that there’s an even deeper meaning to the scene than it seems?

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With Lottie (Courtney Eaton) in pretty bad shape after Shauna’s (Sophie Nélisse) beating, she tells Misty (Sammi Hanratty) that if she dies the team is not to waste her body. The team, however, is adamantly against this and decides they need to find another way to survive that isn’t by eating Lottie, but we aren’t told what that is. We suddenly cut to the team standing in a circle as Van (Liv Hewson) shuffles a deck of cards and holds up a Queen of Hearts as the chosen card. It’s left ambiguous what they’re drawing for, but it all became clear when the card was inevitably drawn: they were drawing cards to choose a sacrifice.

Since we know that the showrunners are big on putting in little details that have bigger consequences, could the cards mean something? During a Collider Forces interview with Liv Hewson, they revealed that the order of the cards was anything but random. “Okay, I don't know, but I will tell you, the cards that we pull were written down in the script. And we asked on the day, we were like, ‘Do we have to decide what order the cards [are in]?’ And they were like, ‘No, no, no.’ They made sure that they were in order so that every time each character drew the same one.” Upon further digging into cartomancy (the meanings of cards including playing and tarot) it’s clear why each card was chosen specifically for its character. Each one spells out subtle yet poignant readings of our teammates, from potential fates, to personality quirks. It’s almost eerie how spot-on some are.

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Misty is the first to draw, and pulls the Eight of Diamonds, the meaning of which is unpredictable, and, well, who is more unpredictable a character than Misty? I mean, she cut off Coach’s (Steven Krueger) leg without any warning, and she destroyed the transmitter… perhaps unpredictable is too tame a word for Misty. Eight of Diamonds also has a deeper meaning of prudence which is also quite fitting of Misty, because while she may be unpredictable she is a fairly good person to have around in a crisis due to how critical and cautious she is.

Akilah (Nia Sondaya) chose Seven of Spades which has the central meaning of certainty. However, it also has a deeper meaning of grief and loss, and during this episode, we found out that the mouse Akilah had found and was keeping as a friend was actually dead. But more than that, it can also serve as a warning for the loss of a friend. Could this be a sign that someone close to her is doomed?

The Jack of Hearts was pulled by Van and is a card that signifies love. It also often announces a new intimate friendship, which we’ve seen over the season as she grew closer to Lottie and found a deeper connection with Tai (Jasmin Savoy Brown). It also states that, as a lover, the Jack of Hearts is often away, but is committed and sincere and would make good marriage material, which feels on par with present-day Van (Lauren Ambrose) and her potential rekindling of romance with Taissa (Tawny Cypress).

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Shauna pulled the Four of Diamonds which is supposed to signify important revelations, as well as feelings of being confined and restricted. It all seems to spell out Jackie (Ella Purnell) who has constantly been the shadow looming over Shauna even after her death. It’s also a card that means inheritance, and we know in the present-day timeline that Jackie’s parents still meet up with Shauna (Melanie Lynskey) every year on Jackie’s birthday and allow her to open the present.

Travis (Kevin Alves) pulled the Ace of Clubs which many consider to be the luckiest card in the whole deck. It signifies the power of getting anything that you want, and that of better health, happy relationships, and longer life. Travis’ card is a tricky one because knowing all that we know about his life post-crash, none of the above seems true. And losing Javi (Luciano Leroux) doesn’t feel very lucky. So perhaps his card is more of an irony of sorts, as Natalie (Juliette Lewis) stated in Season 2 Episode 5, every time he was happy, she wanted to ruin it.

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Taissa pulled the Six of Spades, and it’s maybe the most on-the-nose one yet. The Six of Spades means infidelity, though it’s not always cheating or divorce, but simply a sign that a couple isn’t being truthful with one another. We saw throughout Season 1 and into Season 2 in the present-day timeline that Taissa and her wife Simone (Rukiya Bernard) have a bit of a rocky relationship. Or at least, that’s what it grows into. She isn’t truthful with Simone about her sleepwalking, nor does she tell her of her past. Of course, she has her reasons, but it still counts against her. And now that she has reunited with Van and the pair shared a steamy kiss, the infidelity rings true. The Six of Spades can also signify a journey, and not only did present-day Taissa hitchhike to Van, but '90s Taissa led an escape mission through the woods that ultimately ended in disaster. Who was that disaster centered around you ask? Van. It all comes back to Tai and Van.

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We may not know much about Melissa (Jenna Burgess) which is honestly a shame, so it’s a bit harder to decipher her card. She pulled the Three of Hearts which means success in a creative endeavor. It is also said to be a sign of a happy outcome and that it can signify new opportunities and people in your life. Could this be a sign that Melissa makes it out of the woods alive?


And finally, Javi pulled the King of Spades. The King of Spades indicates a man of bad faith and is considered one of the worst cards in the deck. According to cartomancy, the King of Spades is a predator who seeks to use you for his own ends. Now this card is an interesting one because, while we know Javi is the ultimate sacrifice in the end, he had seemed fairly innocent. Though he did disappear for a time, and told Coach about a “friend” he had out there in the woods. Coach has now discovered the very same cave Javi was going to take Natalie (Sophie Thatcher) to hide in, and with it has found piles of bones. Is it possible that Javi was a more sinister character than we originally believed? I suppose that’s something we’ll have to wait to find out.


What did the cards mean in Yellowjackets? ›

It's left ambiguous what they're drawing for, but it all became clear when the card was inevitably drawn: they were drawing cards to choose a sacrifice.

What are they drawing cards for in Yellowjackets? ›

In our latest episode of The Buzz on Yellowjackets (be sure to watch the whole thing!), Hewson tells us it was Van who came up with the idea to use the card-drawing ritual (already in place to assign chores) to randomly decide who the group would kill and eat.

What card did Natalie pull in Yellowjackets? ›

Natalie pulls the queen card and runs for it, and in an effort to guide her to safety, Javi falls through the ice. The girls — Natalie included — all allow him to drown in her place, saving his body only when it's slack.

Why did Shauna beat up Lottie? ›

She wants to punish a culprit for the loss of her child. If Shauna and Lottie hadn't been in such extreme circumstances, this beating would've never happened. It's not the anger that hurts. It's the love.

Did Jeff send the postcards Yellowjackets? ›

The Yellowjackets Symbol in Present Day

In the present day, the symbol first returned by way of mysterious postcards sent to the survivors. That cards said “Wish you were here,” and felt vaguely threatening. They turned out to be sent by Shauna's husband Jeff in an ill-conceived blackmail attempt.

What happened to Shauna's baby? ›

Shauna loses consciousness and comes to, demanding to know where her baby is, but her baby, it turns out, was stillborn. He didn't survive the birth and everything after that was Shauna's trauma-dream.

Why were they pulling cards in Yellowjackets? ›

As desperate hunger struck the survivors came up with a plan. They would pull cards from a shuffled deck and whoever pulled the Queen of Hearts would become their sacrifice. That way they could sate the wilderness, and deliver a delectable meal.

Who is the girl who falls in the pit Yellowjackets? ›

One of the biggest Yellowjackets mysteries is the victim's identity in its premiere episode, known as "pit girl," but signs as of late have pointed to her being Mari.

Is Shauna The antler Queen? ›

Shauna Won't Make It Easy for Natalie

Lines will be drawn. The Season 2 finale showed Shauna upset that it wasn't her who was chosen to be Antler Queen, writing in her journal about why she wasn't picked and how she feels invisible.

Who was wearing the necklace in Yellowjackets? ›

Simone Kessell (Lottie on Showtime's hugely successful series Yellowjackets) wears a handmade necklace by Vancouver jewelry Artist Kate Shepherd (Vanity Fair)

Why does Lottie cut her hand? ›

While she read gratitude cards in the present, she encounters a Queen of Hearts card with the eyes scratched out. She tries to shake it off, but then sees it again. This prompts her to go to an altar on the compound and cut her hand open as she lets her blood fall to the ground.

What was Lottie diagnosed with in Yellowjackets? ›

The location of this revelation is significant, as she and Misty are together at a “wellness center”—really, a rural waterfront campus home to a cult—run by another survivor of the crash, Lottie Matthews, who is described as a “diagnosed schizophrenic” and who had visions and a sort of mystical power during their time ...

What mental illness does Lottie have? ›

From a young age, at least as early as when she was ten, Lottie experienced visions which were possibly indicative of a psychological condition such as schizophrenia.

Why didn t Shauna get a postcard? ›

The reason why Shauna didn't receive a postcard bearing the mysterious symbol from the woods is that her husband Jeff (Warren Kole) is the guilty party. He wasn't having an affair as she suspected. Instead, he has been trying to save his failing furniture business.

Who beat up Lottie in Yellowjackets? ›

In the final moments of the episode, Shauna finally snaps, first punching Misty (Samantha Hanratty), and then beating Lottie (Courtney Eaton) to a pulp.

Why does Taissa eat dirt on Yellowjackets? ›

Lottie also found Taissa sleepwalking and eating dirt in the woods after the plane crash. If Taissa's alter ego is attempting to protect her, it's possible that she ate dirt back then because the Yellowjacket girls were undernourished, and dirt contains low amounts of nutrients such as iron, zinc, and calcium.


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