As Joe Goldberg continues his journey to find "love" (i.e., enjoy the thrill of the chase, with a touch of murder thrown in), viewers are anxiously waiting for You season 2 to premiere on Netflix December 26. It's no surprise, though, that fans are already thinking ahead to season 3. Part of that is probably because another season would be a spoiler in and of itself. If you're anything like me, you might be wondering—How long can this show go on? Will Joe ever go to jail for being, you know, a serial killer?? A season three would at least confirm that Joe is...alive...in some capacity and potentially up to his old stalking shenanigans. Here's what we know so far.
Update, 12/30: Well, that's that: Penn Badgley has all but confirmed that we'll get a third season of You. In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Badgley basically lets the news slip, saying of Love: "She doesn’t appear to be the same kind of person. She doesn’t appear to be the same kind of predator. She doesn’t appear to be the same kind of… you know, dare I say, in the third season—oh, God!" He tries to backtrack, bless him: "I literally know nothing about the third season." (Sure!) He's then asked if this is a tacit confirmation of season three, to which he replies: "Technically I can’t… I mean, like, unofficially?"
Netflix hasn't commented on the news, but the streaming service did reveal via Instagram that season two was one of its biggest releases this year in the United States, so it's clear that the second season of a show found a sizable audience.
Update, 12/17: One good sign, per Deadline, is that the third season of You has received a tax credit from California. It's a sizable tax credit, too, to the tune of $7.2 million. If you don't actually know what that means (cough, me), Deadline explains: It doesn't mean You season three is definitely happening, but it certainly acts as a financial incentive for the show's creators—which isn't actually Netflix, but two studios, Warner Horizon and Berlanti Productions—because the show's production costs would be, I assume, $7.2 million cheaper than they would be otherwise. And since the studios actively applied for the tax credit, you'd assume that they, too, were hopeful about a third season.
Another tidbit from Deadline: Netflix tends to wait about a month following the release of a show to determine whether it'll renew it for another season. (Not always, however—think about Netflix's The Crown, which filmed seasons three and four in one fell swoop.) The show is out at the end of December, which means that if this timeline proves correct, we should know for sure by about the end of January of 2020.
Producers have talked about it.
We don't know much—a third season hasn't yet been officially green-lit, probably in anticipation of how season 2 will do in terms of viewership. But executive producer Sera Gamble told Cosmopolitan UK that she's thought about it and has ideas:
"Absolutely it could come back for season three. First of all, it's up to the powers that be. We hope that a lot of people will watch the show and that it gets to continue...I will say that we have an idea for season three that is SO exciting that people talk about it in the [writer's] room every day. So my fingers are crossed... I'll just say, I hope we get the chance to keep making the show."
So there you have it. The writers want it and have a solid idea behind it. (And now I need to know what it is, please.)
But there are only two books.
My big worry, always, is that a show will overstay its welcome. There's a two-book series on which the show is based, Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes. The series, so far, has roughly tracked with her plots with a few important detours. (One big change, for example, is that Candace is dead in the books but alive in the show.) Kepnes has said that she'd love to write more for Joe and her series, but that she wants to dive into new characters first. Hilariously, her Twitter bio reads, "Yes, I’m writing a third Joe book. No, I’m not done yet," in response to the likely thousands of questions she's gotten about it.
In other words, unless Kepnes has chatted with the show about where she's headed with the books, there's probably not a lot of source material left for producers. But at least based on the quote above, it doesn't sound like the showrunners have plans to have the series go on for seasons and seasons. If there's a good idea, they'll go for it—otherwise, not so much. Stay tuned: We'll update when we know more.
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