Is 'You' Going to Ruin Another Fictional Woman’s Life? What to Watch Out For In Season 2
From murder, sex, to psychopathic tendencies, this gripping psychological thriller has it all, including the hearts of thousands. You starring Gossip Girl’s Penn Badgley, had its humble beginnings on the women’s cable channel Lifetime, but found much greater success after migrating to Netflix, where it became one of the most binge-watched and talked-about shows of 2018.
It revolves around a New York bookstore clerk, Joe Goldberg, played by Badgley who develops an unhealthy obsession on a woman named Guinevere Beck, played by Elizabeth Lail. And by unhealthy, we mean horrible: he kills her ex-boyfriends and best friends in order to have her all to himself.
If you haven’t seen the first season yet, stop reading now—spoilers abound. But if you have, and you’re dying to know what we know so far, continue on.
Season 2, which is three months into production, has not announced an official release date yet, but lead actor Penn Badgley has revealed that he’s done ‘nauseating’ things: “There are some things I’ve done with prosthetic bodies in this [new] season that were kind of nauseating as I did them, I will say that,” he told Entertainment Tonight.
Having been adapted from a book by Caroline Kepnes, You will also follow suit with a change in location. Joe the New Yorker will become Joe the Angeleno, but not without resistance. You showrunner Sera Gamble explains: “Joe Goldberg comes to L.A. and he is a die-hard New Yorker so I can't say that he comes to L.A. and he instantly falls in love with the place. At least at first glance, this is not Joe's kind of town, which is delightful.”
It has not yet been confirmed whether or not John Stamos, who plays Dr. Nicky—and who Joe framed for Beck's death—will return, but the writers are “excited to keep telling that story.” As for Joe’s next possible target, Victoria Pedretti of The Haunting of Hill House fame will play the female lead in season 2. She will play Love Quinn, an aspiring chef working as a produce manager in a high-end grocery store. “Love is uninterested in the world of social media, branding and self-promotion,” Gamble shares. “[She’s] focused instead on leading an interesting life. She is also tending to a deep grief, and when she meets Joe Goldberg, she senses a shared knowledge of profound, life-changing loss.”
The show, which deals with male violence and entitlement, will continue to delve deeper into those issues through Joe’s character. “He thinks he really understands women. He thinks that he is such an incredible ally,” Gamble says. “I think that can be one of the most dangerous positions of all when you're entitled and when you're not entirely self-aware about why you do the things that you do.”
You season 2 is coming soon to Netflix.
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