Yellowjackets is an excellent show… but not one for the faint of heart.
“What could be so harrowing about a show about a high school girls’ soccer team?,” you may wonder. That leads us to assume that a) you haven’t spent a significant amount of time around competitive adolescent females, and b) you haven’t yet tuned in to the Showtime series, which follows said soccer team when their chartered plane goes down in the Canadian Rockies. The action unfolds in dual timelines: the mid-1990s, as the crash survivors try to figure out how they’ll stave off danger and starvation until they’re rescued; and present-day, as the grown-up versions of those survivors — who’ve never publicly spoken about their very long ordeal — contend with the way the trauma changed their lives forever.
Oh, and someone’s blackmailing the survivors (who are played by heavy hitters like Melanie Lynskey, Juliette Lewis and Christina Ricci). And there’s a possible cannibalism subplot. And maybe the forest in which the girls are stranded is evil?
See? Lots of potential for scary/gross/disturbing-in-the-best-way scenes. Anyway, we’ve combed through all of the Season 1 episodes that have aired to bring you the series’ most brutal moments so far. But before you dive in, a few notes. First, a big ol’ Spoiler Alert — if you haven’t seen the most recent episode, bookmark this page and return after you have. Second, our definition of “brutal” encompasses several interpretations of that word; not all of the interludes are bloody messes (but a lot of them are). And third, there are two more episodes coming up in the already-renewed drama‘s first season, so we’ll be sure to update this list when and if the need calls.
Yellowjackets airs Sundays at 10/9c. Ahead of this week’s episode, steel yourself, then scroll through the list of gut-punch moments below. And if you think we’ve missed any crucial ones, shout ’em out in the comments!