The death of Jackie (Ella Purnell) hit everyone hard, but her best friend Shauna (Sophie Nelisse) had the most questionable method of processing her grief. While the rest of the team seemed to stay huddled inside the cabin for most of the episode, Shauna lounged in the meat shed where they’d been storing Jackie’s frozen corpse until the ground thaws, so they can give her a proper burial. A grieving, pregnant Shauna spent the season two premiere chatting and gossiping with a hallucination of her best friend as the rest of the girls worried over her deteriorating mental state.
By the end of the episode, Shauna had pocketed an errant ear that had broken off Jackie’s corpse after the two girls got into an “argument.” As the music played, Shauna hastily stuffed the appendage into her mouth. Naturally, witnessing the teen mom-to-be eat her best friend left Twitter in shambles.
Some found the whole idea that Shauna was carrying on conversations with an ice mummy unsettling (to say the least).
the first cut to corpse jackie so abruptly while shauna's casually carrying on the conversation will haunt me forever that's genuinely so unsettling pic.twitter.com/8oDp3agUm0
— ear (@greatfaerie) March 24, 2023
Others used humor to cope.
it’s so funny that they’ve just let shauna talk to jackie’s corpse for 2 months and no one’s been like we need to stop this. instead they are all just like pic.twitter.com/74Ptt474ig
— kaycey / yellowjackets spoilers (@dykellisto) March 24, 2023
shauna has been going to the taylor’s for jackie’s birthday every year for 23 years knowing she ate their dead daughter’s ear for a snackpic.twitter.com/hoGv8spFn7
— cole ⋆ yj spoilers (@shaunasadecki) March 25, 2023
— K | Yellowjackets spoilers (@glazedaries) March 24, 2023
Some defended Shauna’s choice of a midnight snack. (Hey, pregnancy cravings are real!)
most people’s pregnancy cravings are like taco bell at 4am but shauna shipman has a more acquired taste
— tara 🐝 yj spoilers (@kleksuh) March 24, 2023
While others perceptively pointed out that the whole cannibalism thing was just Shauna’s guilt manifesting in the worst way possible.
im sorry but it’s very funny to me how the first act of cannibalism in the show wasn’t started by lottie and her visions about the gods of the wilderness but bc shauna’s gay traumatised ass wanted to keep jackie with her forever 😭😭 pic.twitter.com/LWidM5qSR3
— mimi | yj spoilers (@evillanelle) March 24, 2023
But this comment brought up a point we were wondering about all episode. The pregnant girl on your high school soccer team barricaded herself in the meat shed in the dead of winter to have a kiki with her popsicle-ized best friend, and not one of these teens had the urge to eavesdrop on those conversations? This might be the most unbelievable plotline of Yellowjackets thus far.