Over the last month or so, You has quietly been releasing pictures from its upcoming second season. And with each release, I am reminded of how truly fucked up the first lot of episodes were.
Based on the book by Caroline Kepnes, You stars Penn Badgley as Joe, the utterly psychotic man who literally kills for his deranged misconception of love. Elizabeth Lail stars as Beck, the unfortunate apple of Joe’s eye, and Shay Mitchell stars as Peach, Beck’s best mate who also happens to be obsessed with her. If you’re reading this yarn I’m going to go ahead and assume you watched the season, so you know Joe ends up killing both Beck and Peach, if I remember correctly. And at the end of the season, we catch a proper glimpse at Joe’s ex-girlfriend Candace (Ambyr Childers) who we all thought was dead… at the hands of Joe. But nope, she’s alive. And that’s pretty much where we’re at by the end of season 1, which brings us to season 2.
This season, Joe moves to Los Angeles where he meets a girl named Love Quinn (Victoria Pedretti of Haunting of Hill House). Her character is described as an “aspiring chef working as a produce manager in a high-end grocery store”, which sounds normal but so did book manager Joe.
“Love is uninterested in the world of social media, branding and self-promotion, focused instead on leading an interesting life,” her character description reads. “She is also tending to a deep grief – when she meets Joe Goldberg, she senses a shared knowledge of profound, life-changing loss.”
First look, coming in hot.
Pictured: Joe and Candace. Honestly, all I want to know is Candace’s backstory, her relationship with Joe, and why she doesn’t seem to be fazed by him.
Hey bunnies. Here is your first look at YOU S2. pic.twitter.com/yPHxFrYxb4
— YOU (@YouNetflix) November 21, 2019
Picture 2, otherwise titled “Oh no”.
Joe: Hello you. pic.twitter.com/hoaFQWDV6F
— YOU (@YouNetflix) November 22, 2019
Picture 3: “Oh no”, part 2.
The only time trying to blend in is a big red flag pic.twitter.com/yYdSca6QvJ
— YOU (@YouNetflix) November 25, 2019
Picture 4: You reveals a first look at new character Chris D’Elia, who I feel Joe does not like. Will Joe kill him too? Probably.
— YOU (@YouNetflix) November 27, 2019
Picture 5: This was posted overnight, and if all these people die, I swear to God…
Love’s friend group hits different. pic.twitter.com/LArXj8XFlM
— YOU (@YouNetflix) November 29, 2019
Sera Gamble, who developed the series with Greg Berlanti, told Entertainment Weekly that Joe “is not out there looking for love” in season 2.
“He’s truly heartbroken by what has happened [in season 1], and so what Love offers is a different kind of friendship and a different kind of relationship.”
At this point, I wouldn’t be surprised if she ends up being a killer as well.
You season 2 premieres on Netflix December 26. Stay tuned for the trailer.