Spoilers for You season 2 ahead. If you, like me, simply can't wait for the hotly anticipated next season of You, you might be wondering about the future of the series. The end of season two left our anti-hero 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 plot jumps the shark, so to speak. So what do we know so far about a potential season three, and whether we get to see more of our favorite psycho?
The show is coming back for a third season.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Netflix is going to give us another mind-bending (and constantly questioning Joe's actions) filled season. The third season will feature 10 episodes from executive producers Sera 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.
Author Caroline Kepnes is technically still working on the third novel of the series, but who knows if the show will follow along with what it says. The new season will hit Netflix sometime in 2021, so perhaps you may want to rewatch the first two seasons again for now.
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?
TBD—and we'll update when we know more.
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