‘Yellowjackets’ Theory: Is This New Character Just a Figment of Misty’s Imagination?

*Warning: Spoilers ahead*

There’s a lot to unpack after watching episode three of Yellowjackets season 2, which is filled with edge-of-your-seat moments. Most of the action takes place during the present-day scenes: Misty (Christina Ricci) teams up with Walter (Elijah Wood), Shauna (Melanie Lynskey) holds someone at gunpoint and Taissa (Tawny Cypress) struggles to escape “The Man with No Eyes.”

But if there’s one teenage character who is becoming more and more suspicious, it’s Crystal (Nuha Jes Izman). In fact, there’s evidence to suggest that Crystal—who is teen Misty’s (Samantha Hanratty) closest pal—isn’t real. Instead, she’s a figment of Misty’s imagination.

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The strongest argument is that the other characters rarely interact with Crystal because most of her scenes are one-on-one with Misty. During Misty’s emotional monologue in episode 3, Crystal cheers her on from the front row. But if you recall, no one else acknowledges Crystal’s obnoxious behavior. So, is she real? Or is she an imaginary boost to Misty’s confidence?

It’s also important to note that Crystal didn’t appear until season 2. She’s younger than the rest of the group and, therefore, blends into the background. But perhaps there’s a hidden meaning behind her sudden involvement.

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Plus, adult Misty is oddly influenced by teen Crystal, whose post-wilderness fate hasn’t been revealed (at least not yet). For example, adult Misty is obsessed with showtunes, which seemed insignificant until episode three when Crystal reveals that she “ate” her twin in the womb and now represents her through showtunes. That can’t be a coincidence.

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It’s clear that Misty is somehow connected to Crystal, but how? Does Misty feel guilty about who did (and didn’t) make it out of the woods? If Crystal dies before the rescue, it would explain why Misty wants to honor her fallen friend for years to come.

Or is Crystal an imaginary being who doubles as Misty’s conscience? There’s no denying the similarities between the two characters, from music taste to thespian skills. They’re always together, and when they’re not, it’s almost like Crystal doesn’t exist. So, are they one and the same?

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Greta Heggeness is a California-based editor at PureWow and has been writing about entertainment since 2015. She covers everything from awards shows to exclusive celebrity...