This piece contains major spoilers for the second season finale of "Yellowjackets."

Every character in "Yellowjackets" has been saying it since the show's first episode: there's something out there in those woods. But there have always been just enough seeds planted for doubt to spring forth, blocking the blinding rays of certainty and preventing viewers from fully enrolling in the Lottie Matthews school of "a spirit made me do it."

For every man with no eyes, dead bird rainstorm, and mystical vision, there are logical counter-explanations like stress, subterranean geothermal vents, and mercury poisoning. A common way "Yellowjackets" prevents simplistic supernatural explanations for the strange things which take place is by swerving the action from the supernaturally sinister into the tragically ordinary. The most devastating example of this signature maneuver came in season 2 episode 6, when Shauna's nightmarish discovery that her teammates were devouring her newborn turned out to be a dream, distracting her from the fact that it had simply been stillborn.

The list of unexplainable turns of events has been growing over the course of season two, and they've been getting harder to explain rationally. In the devastating, downright shocking season 2 finale, "Yellowjackets" finally addressed the question of whether it's some mystical presence in the woods willing everything awful to happen, or whether this is just what happens when 20 teenagers crash land in the wilderness and have to resort to scarring acts of brutality to survive.

The answer delivers its own sinister to sad swerve, and the more you think about it, it might be the saddest swerve "Yellowjackets" has taken yet.

'Is There A Difference?'

In the season 2 finale, "Storytelling," an unhinged Lottie continues to push her plan to enact another ritual sacrifice to appease "It," the It that, to her, was always out there, demanding blood in exchange for sustenance. The rest of the women sense Lottie's volatility and play along as to not upset her. Things keep going, and going, and going in the direction of an earnest restaging of their old hunts, in which the unlucky Yellowjacket who pulls the ominous queen of hearts is hunted, killed, and cannibalized by the rest.

Van and Taissa were supposed to have called psychiatric services to scoop up Lottie, but out of a sense of guilt ("She's like this because of us," Van says), they cancel the call, and decide to help her themselves. But things escalate quicker than anyone can control, and when Shauna pulls the queen, the rest don masks, take up knives, and assume the old position. "You know there's no 'It,' right? 'It' was just us!" Shauna cries in fear. Lottie responds: "Is there a difference?"

This is the most clarity we've gotten thus far on the supernatural vs. sadly natural debate. What happened in the woods so profoundly traumatized these women that questions of cause have become moot. Survival became an act of such intense self-annihilation that a word like "supernatural" actually loses its meaning. Of courseit was supernatural. Having to murder and eat your friends to stay alive is so far beyond the bounds of "natural" that it makes a murderous antler-crowned queen that dictates all the terrible things you do actually seem quaint. It is in fact a preferable alternative to choosing irredeemable violence.

The surviving Yellowjackets have finally come face to face with the ultimate truth: they were the monsters all along.

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