If you, like me, simply can't wait for the hotly anticipated next season of You, you might be wondering what direction the show will veer in next. The end of season two left our anti-hero Joe Goldberg, played by Penn Badgley, in a bit of a cliffhanger, with his future headed in one direction, and his dreams (obsessions) taking him in another—so there's plenty for the producers to work with. But the risk of such a high-stakes show is that the cliffhanger ending of a season jumps the shark, so to speak. Netflix has given the green light to a third season, so we know it's definitely happening—but it may not drop around Christmastime, as the last two seasons did, because filming is delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Still, we have a pretty good idea of what to expect, aside from, you know, stalking and cold-blooded murder.
Season three has started filming, but production was delayed.
Filming on most of our beloved shows has been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the latest word on the Netflix series is that it will be released in 2021 (the original plan was to have it come out in 2020). Executive producer Sera Gamble confirmed in February that they'd started work on season three:
The writers of You have made a Twitter account (and it's kind of adorable, also), in which they shared that...a first draft might be done??
And it certainly sounds like there has been some responsible, socially distanced filming—I love that we get this little detail, because this show is definitely about intimacy:
Also, Caroline Kepnes has finished her third book in the You series, and has been writing a fourth—could that mean a fourth season is in the works for the show?? Of course, the second book and season diverged pretty clearly from one another (Love is not a psycho in the books, but she does forgive Joe for his transgressions—oh, and Joe is in jail in the books), so the two may be traveling along different paths.
Netflix has confirmed that its stars will return for season three.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Netflix plans to give us another mind-bending season in which we are constantly, constantly questioning Joe's actions. The third season will feature 10 episodes from executive producers Gamble and Greg Berlanti. Penn Badgley and Victoria Pedretti will reprise their roles, and we can't wait to see how they tackle parenthood. We're just hoping the kid doesn't grow up wanting to play in a giant glass box.
Executive producer Sera Gamble had explained to EW at the time the second season was released that she already has huge plans:
"The stakes are pretty high. I have so many questions about Love’s mother who’s incredibly in the picture at the end of the season, like how much she really knows about her children...We wrote [the finale] hoping that we will get the opportunity to tell more story because we’re really excited with the seeds planted at the end of season 2."
Joe has ended up with Love...for now.
In a flipped, warped version of season one, Joe falls for Love in season two—no, seriously, that's her name, and it gets very confusing—but she turns out to be kind of a psycho too. She kills two people so that she and Joe can be together; Joe then attempts to kill her, but she admits that she's pregnant. So Joe stays with her so they can have the family unit he's always craved, even though he's pretty disgusted by her (really, Joe? Like you have the moral high ground here? Sure).
So, the question becomes—are these two twisted soul mates destined to be together forever? Joe, who loves the thrill of the chase, is already starting to become obsessed with their neighbor, once the two move to the suburbs and prepare for Love to have their child. And yet: Love knows all about Joe's past and what he's done. She has a massive card to play if he ever does something she doesn't want—and don't forget, her parents are mega-rich, so she has almost unlimited resources at her disposal to make life tough for Joe.
I'd actually argue that this would make for a very compelling season 3, and different from the prior two. There's also the practical question of whether Joe will ever see any kind of repercussions for his actions. At this point, he fits the definition of a serial killer for murdering multiple people, and yet he's never been arrested or even suspected. At a certain point, it'll be unrealistic to expect that all his misdeeds will go unpunished. That means we likely won't see seasons and seasons of You—unless we somehow get to see Joe's life in prison, maybe?