Showrunners claim that Tony Soprano’s thug in the legendary HBO series “The Sopranos Clan” inspired the creation of the second season of “Yellowjackets”.
Yellowjackets tells the story of a team of talented high school soccer girls who survived a plane crash deep in the Ontario desert. The series tells about their origins from a complex but thriving team to warring cannibalistic clans, and also tracks the lives they tried to put together.
The series has become Showtime’s most watched new series in six years, with more than five million people watching it weekly.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the show’s creators Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickelson discussed how the normalization of cannibalism, murders and injuries is related to the Italian mafia boss. “Tony Soprano is a real monster, but because he is so well drawn, you understand him. This is what we strive for.” Lyle told the publication about this.
He continued: “We have conversations about what might be too far away, but it’s not so much about liking the characters as it is about the type of story. We never want to be shocking and obscene just for the fun of it.”
Co-showrunner Jonathan Lisko jokingly teased fans during a separate interview with Entertainment Weekly, adding that cannibalism is the “tip of the iceberg” of the football team’s numerous crimes.
“If we do our job right, then eating a person will not be the most illegal act that these young women commit in the desert,” he said.
Lisko added: “This is just the tip of the iceberg. If in the first season our teenage characters learn to adapt to the harsh environment, then in the second season it all just explodes. Each of them is going to make a choice they never dreamed of.
“And when we fast forward 25 years, we will see how these terrible actions will surface in a way that, I would say, irrevocably changed the fate of their lives.”
Meanwhile, actor Tony Cypress also told Entertainment Weekly that the series won’t contradict moral principles like “eat a baby,” but will certainly cover “beheading dogs.”
From other Florence news + The Machine did a cover of the No Doubt song “Just A Girl” for the trailer for the new season of “Yellowjackets”.
A cover of the 1995 hit No Doubt was produced by Florence Welch and Mark Bowen of IDLES, and is now available on streaming platforms.
“I’m a big fan of Yellowjackets and this era of music, and this song especially influenced me a lot as a kid, so I was thrilled when I was asked to interpret it in a ‘deeply disturbing’ manner for the show. Welch said. “We tried to really add some elements of horror to this iconic song to match the tone of the show. And for a man whose first musical love was pop punk and Gwen Stefani, it was a dream job.”
The premiere of the second season of “Yellowjackets“ will take place on Friday, March 24. In a four-star review of the new season, NME wrote that “the second part of this famous thriller continues to prove that even 25 years later, what happens in the desert definitely does not stay in the desert.”