‘You’ Season 2 has been the exact success Netflix expected. In this new season, Joe, played by Penn Badgley, obsesses and falls in love with Love Quinn, played by Victoria Pedretti, an LA chef who also has a dark side just as Penn.
In the second-to-last episode of the show, Love says to Joe that she knows about his murderous secrets and tells him that she’s killed for love, too.
Has Joe Goldberg found his match? The second season of Lifetime-turned-Netflix drama You saw Penn Badgley’s stalker/murderer/bookseller obsess over and fall in love with a Los Angeles chef named Love (Victoria Pedretti) — who turned out to have a dark side nearly as big as his own.
Sera Gamble, showrunner of You, talked to THR about her plans for Season 3. Netflix hasn’t renewed the show yet, but it seems it may do so quite soon, considering the popularity of the series.
First of all, the Love Quinn turn was unexpected as it doesn’t come from the source material. About that, Gamble said “In the book, Love finds out who Joe really is and surprisingly she is not totally repulsed. So that exists in the character. We just started from that place and the conversation was about how there’s the person that Joe would think is his perfect woman, and then there’s somebody who actually would be compatible with Joe. And because Joe cannot accept who he really is — I mean, that’s the thing that Candace says to him at the beginning of the season. She’s going to show him who he really is and that will cause a lot of suffering. Because of that, the ultimate terrible mirror would be for a woman to truly love him but be capable of the same kind of darkness and violence that he is. We just thought it was a perfect paradox to trap the character in.”
The end of the second season shows us Joe and Love awaiting a child and living in the suburbs to start a new life. But right at the end, we see Joe obsessing over their neighbor, which is a potential cliffhanger for Season 3.
“Our fingers are crossed that we get to keep telling the story. We don’t have any kind of official pickup or anything. I will say that when we originally sold the show, we very broadly described it as each season would be a new love obsession and a new world. Season one is Beck in New York, and season two is Love in L.A., and so we are evoking where we would like to go, which is to a much more suburban, insular world where Joe would be a complete fish out of water. And now Love occupies a very different place because she is the mother of his child but also not the woman he thought she was. I think to me, the most important thing about that last scene is just it is confirmation that Joe is still Joe in a way that’s not going to be great for Joe. I can’t say that we know exactly what a season three would be, but I can say things won’t go well for Joe,” Gamble said.
She also discussed the plans for the show beyond Season 3 but didn’t specify much of how long she expects You to run, “I am not scared at all of saying that we definitely could follow Joe for several more seasons. That being said, it’s a tough TV landscape right now. There’s about 10 billion TV shows and orders are shorter and there’s more competition, so we never really save anything for later seasons. Our rule of thumb is always just if we have a great idea we’re going to give it to you right now. Because we believe in the world that Caroline [Kepnes, who wrote the books on which the series is based] gave us and we believe in these characters, we just know they’ll keep finding really fucked up shit to get into.”
The whole interview is worth the read if you want to know more about some decisions and characters of the second season and where the show wants to go. Here’s hoping Netflix renews You for a third season sooner than later.