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On Sunday, Jan. 16, audiences finally got some answers about what really happened out there in the wilderness.
No, Shauna (Sophie Nélisse) did not deliver her baby, but we did discover the ice cold way Jackie (Ella Purnell) perishes and we learned the true identity of the Antler Queen. Oh, and did you really think that Shauna (Melanie Lynskey), Misty (Christina Ricci), Taissa (Tawny Cypress) and Natalie (Juliette Lewis) were the only survivors?
Spoilers: Jackie is officially dead, along with our theories that she was the Antler Queen. Sure, team captain-slash-homecoming queen Jackie had “influence,” according to her now-also-dead soccer coach, but as Lottie (Courtney Eaton) pointed out, Jackie doesn’t belong.
Speaking of Lottie, the soccer star turned séance master might be possessed—we already know she’s off her meds—but she’s now leading the team in sacred occult rituals that include cutting up a bear heart and thanking the forest for food—with Misty (Samantha Hanratty) and Van (Liv Hewson) by her side.
And we know that Taissa is still using those exact ritualistic tactics to win elections, murder dogs and harness the power of the mysterious symbol that was etched in the woods…the same one that Lottie’s modern-day cult followers who eerily look like hospital workers (hi, Misty!) wear around their necks. We can’t be the only people who paused the scene of Natalie getting kidnapped by the creepy clan mid-suicide attempt, right?!
Plus Lottie most likely was behind Travis’ murder (exhibit A: sacred candle placement), especially since Nat discovers Lottie drained Travis’ bank account post-mortem.
It’s a whole new conspiracy ahead of season two…and we somehow have even more questions. Thankfully, some of the cast could dissect what the heck we just watched.
“In the last episode, there is a big reveal of Lottie stepping into that position [of the Antler Queen],” Lynskey exclusively confirmed to E! News, clarifying that Lottie is in fact not the tall brunette running for her life in the flash-forward…or so she thinks.
“I was so careful about getting so much information, including exactly what happened with Jackie,” Lynskey added, also asking how people would have responded when Shauna and Jackie’s ex, Jeff (Warren Kole), got married later on. “There’s so many questions I have for the writers.”
We can also expect for young Shauna to be grieving even more after Jackie froze to death following an explosive argument between the two best friends. Instead of Shauna smoothing things over, both girls purposefully didn’t resolve things before night took over, bringing a snowstorm and causing Jackie to die alone in her sleeping bag.
“I don’t know what it would take for Shauna to have closure about that,” Lynskey noted. “I think that’s such a huge piece of what has traumatized her development. I think that what happened with Jackie, and the fact that Shauna wasn’t a great friend to her even before that, is such a huge piece of who Shauna is. I think it’s kind of eating her alive a little bit. She 100 percent blames herself for what happens to Jackie. She doesn’t think anyone else is responsible.”
As some fans suspect, Jackie will be the first person eaten, period. And Lottie saw the whole thing coming, along with her disciples, Van and Misty.
So, is adult Misty in on Lottie’s enterprise?
“It feels like a totally different show,” Hanratty, who plays teen Misty exclusively told E! News. “I feel like I’m learning while watching the show. It’s interesting because my version of Misty, she’s a bit more unhinged. She doesn’t know how to hide those parts of her which almost makes the adult version [played by Ricci], in my opinion, scarier because she’s learned to manipulate and cover things up so well. The fact that you’re not as afraid of her makes her more scary to me, because she is the one that like I feel like we’ll do something awful what with a smile on her face.”
Feeding into our anti-christ theories, could Shauna, who was assumed to be a virgin, be akin to the Virgin Mary? We’ve already had a burning
bush teddy bear, a baptism and Lottie’s premonition that whatever is haunting them is already “inside” Shauna. Or are they all actually dead, hence Shauna’s dream of Jackie joining them on the dark side in her afterlife?
Seems like we’ll just have to read Jackie’s journals, that Shauna must have written in after returning to New Jersey, to find out more answers. R.I.P. Jackie, and hello to a slew of new Reddit theories that the cast is definitely reading IRL.
Yellowjackets season finale airs tonight, Sunday, Jan. 16 at 10 p.m. on Showtime.
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Ella Mai Performs Sultry Medley of ‘DFMU,’ ‘Leave You Alone’ on ‘Fallon’
Ella Mai brought her unique brand of throwback R&B to The Tonight Show Tuesday, performing a medley of single “DFMU” and “Leave You Alone.” Both songs appear on the British singer’s latest studio album, Heart on My Sleeve, which dropped earlier this month.
“DFMU” — which stands for “don’t fuck me up” — marks Mai’s first single since 2020’s “Not Another Love Song.” The song finds Mai pleading with a would-be lover, asking them to reveal their true feelings. “You got me questionin’, what have you done to me?,” she sings. “Used to be out of reach/Feel like you’re testin’ me, you’re the necessity/Full court press on me.”
Mai received her third Grammy Award nomination in 2020, with her self-titled studio LP competing for Best R&B Album. Her debut single, “Boo’d Up,” netted the singer a Grammy win for Best R&B Song in 2019. The track was also nominated for Song of the Year.
“R&B is not dead,” the singer told Rolling Stone in a 2018 interview. “We can make it mainstream again. Clearly, people love it.”
Madison Cawthorn Concedes Amid Orgy of Scandals
Madison Cawthorn has lost the Republican primary to represent North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District, all but ensuring the 26-year-old’s career in the House of Representatives is over after two erratic years riddled with controversy.
Cawthorn conceded the race to State Sen. Chuck Edwards on Tuesday night. The Associated Press confirmed later that Edwards did indeed win, and did indeed clear the 30-percent threshold the state requires to avoid a runoff. Cawthorn took advantage of the runoff format during his successful 2020 campaign after having nabbed second place in the first round of voting by a slim margin. He won’t get the chance this year.
The race to replace Cawthorn was a crowded one, but Edwards was the only candidate with a real shot. His campaign was funded in part by North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis, who turned on Cawthorn, as did many of the incumbent’s colleagues in Congress. Despite the opposition of the establishment, a poll from late April showed Cawthorn leading Edwards 38 percent to 21 percent, with 21 percent undecided and the rest of the candidates hovering in the low single digits. But as Cawthorn is well aware, a lot can happen in a few weeks.
Cawthorn’s defeat comes as he struggles to contend with a series of scandals, and as his fitness for office is questioned across the political spectrum. In March, he was caught driving with a revoked license for a second time. The same month, he made claims of congressional orgies and cocaine use, only to reportedly walk back the comments during a meeting with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. In April, records revealed he spent an exorbitant amount of taxpayer money on food and lodging for his staff. A few weeks later he was caught trying to bring a loaded gun through airport security. He was implicated in an insider trading scheme around the same time. Days later The Daily Beast reported that he may have violated House rules by overpaying his chief of staff.
Accompanying the string of bad headlines have been a series of leaked images and video of Cawthorn. There were photos of him dressed up in lingerie on a cruise. There were videos that were a little more sexually suggestive. The provenance of the dumps is unclear, but it appears to have been a coordinated effort to smear Cawthorn ahead of the primary, at least in part in retaliation over his Washington GOP coke-orgy claims. It certainly got the attention of former President Trump. Rolling Stone reported earlier this month that Trump was “completely weirded out” by Cawthorn’s antics, and that he wondered if he was “fucking his cousin.” (Cawthorn has not been accused of fucking his cousin.)
Nevertheless, Trump ultimately reiterated his support for Cawthorn — after weeks of calculated public silence on the matter — in a statement released Monday, writing that though he’s made some “foolish mistakes,” he should get a “second chance.”
But if the seemingly tepid nature of Trump’s late-in-the-game statement didn’t make it clear enough, behind the scenes the former president and current leader of the Republican Party kept on questioning if his young MAGA apprentice had it in him to win. According to a source with direct knowledge of the matter, Trump was even privately voicing his doubts about the likelihood of Cawthorn’s primary victory — less than a week before issuing that statement — and asked if Cawthorn was ever truly “ready for the big leagues,” as this source paraphrased.
It isn’t hard to discern why Trump held firm on the scandal-ridden freshman lawmaker. Cawthorn began his time in office with promises of calling out Trump when necessary, but he quickly warped himself into a MAGA loyalist. Rolling Stone reported last fall that he was one of several lawmakers whose staff or who themselves participated in the planning of the rally that preceded the riot at the Capitol last Jan. 6. A group of lawyers even brought a lawsuit attempting to disqualify Cawthorn from office for his alleged role in the insurrection, to no avail.
Trump likely knew that as long as Cawthorn is in office, he’d have one less lawmaker to worry about should he try to strong-arm his way back into the White House in 2024. It might not make much difference if and when Edwards wins the safely Republican district in November. The soon-to-be newly elected House member has touted himself as an “outsider,” promoted any connection to Trump he can find, and, yes, railed about election integrity.
William Vaillancourt contributed to this report.
Grimes Auctioning Off Her Met Gala Accessories to Support BIPOC Families in Ukraine
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Couture for a cause.
Grimes is doing her part to support the Black, Indigenous and people of color of Ukraine by auctioning off some of her most memorable fashion accessories.
“I’m auctioning stuff from my Met gala look last year to raise money to help get BIPOC families out of Ukraine since they’re having trouble exiting at the border,” she shared in an Instagram post on May 16, adding that the auction on display at Los Angeles’ HVW8 Gallery includes “the works of 50 distinguished artists who aim to support Emergency Response & BIPOC families in and out of Ukraine.”
Explaining that each piece in the auction “offers a unique interpretation of the theme ‘resistance,'” Grimes donated a whimsical pair of earcuffs, designed by Romantic Elf Jewelry, and chrome CHRISHABANA x Dune Harkonnen face mask.
The experimental musician wore the pieces to the 2021 Met Gala back in September, along with a sheer Iris Van Herpen gown, for the event’s “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion” theme. Her look—which was inspired by the 1984 cult classic Dune (and subsequent 2021 remake) based on Frank Herbert’s novel—also included a replica Medieval sword repurposed from an Colt AR-15A3. The weapon, however, is not up for auction, as its “a permanent piece” of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collection.
All proceeds from the auction will go to non-profit organizations Diaspora Relief and Razom for Ukraine, which will use the funds to provide food, shelter, and evacuation support to those in need, the “Genesis” singer explained. Bidding is open exclusively on Artsy and will start closing on May 26.
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Grimes, 34—who shares two children with ex Elon Musk—is just one of many celebs who has made efforts to help Ukraine amid Russia’s recent invasion. In March, Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis shared a video to Instagram to announce that they have achieved their goal of raising $30 million to help the European country.
“Over 65,000 of you donated,” shared Mila, who moved from Ukraine to the United States in 1991. “We are overwhelmed with gratitude for the support. While this is far from a solve of the problem, our collective effort will provide a softer landing for so many people as they forge ahead into their future of uncertainty.”
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