Yellowjackets Showrunner Shuts Down Major Fan Theory (But It Was Almost True)
No, your theory was definitely wrong all along.
Warning: This article contains spoilers for Yellowjackets!
Yellowjackets showrunner Johnathon Lisco has shut down a major fan theory.
During an interview with Variety, Yellowjackets creators Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickerson explained that they weren’t expecting all the wild Reddit theories about their show… when Lisco dropped a bombshell: One of them was almost true.
“I can tell you something that they guessed that we chose not to do,” he said before turning to Lyle and Nickerson. “Can I tell them? Or shall we tell them?”
Yellowjackets tells the story of a New Jersey high school soccer team that’s involved in a plane crash in 1996 while on their way to Seattle for a national tournament.
The show tells the story of what happened in 1996 as well as their current lives in 2021.
“Well, we did entertain the notion that Adam was basically Javi coming back to torment Shauna in a way, or torment the Yellowjackets,” he said. “We fairly early on dispensed with that idea. It did not feel organically right to us. It didn’t feel to deliver on the promise of what we actually wanted to dramatize with her affair and their marriage.”
That’s right – Adam and Javi are not the same person… but they almost were.
“We chose not to, but some people called it and were, I think, eager to see it happen,” he said. “Then it creates the scenario where, ‘Well, did we disappoint those people or did we delight them?’”
Theories about Adam/Javi began to appear on the Yellowjackets Reddit as early as November 2021, with some fans theorizing that they were actually the same person. The theory suggests that Javi (Luciano Leroux), the younger brother of Travis in 1996, grows up holding a grudge against those surviving Yellowjackets.
Instead, Adam turned out to be just a regular guy who was falling in love with Shauna… only to end up being stabbed to death by her because she thought he was blackmailing the Yellowjackets over a dark secret.
“It felt infinitely more tragic to us,” said Lyle. “It being Javi come back is fun in a way, but it feels a little mustache-twirly, which is not necessarily the place we want to go.”
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Yellowjackets stars Melanie Lynskey, Tawny Cypress, Ella Purnell, Juliette Lewis, Christina Ricci, Steven Krueger, and Warren Cole. Their younger counterparts are played by Sophie Nélisse, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Sophie Thatcher, Sammi Hanratty, and Jack Depew.
Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickerson created the hit show with Johnathon Lisco as showrunner.
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