23 of the most shocking, horrifying moments on ‘You’

YOU (L to R) PENN BADGLEY as JOE GOLDBERG in episode 302 of YOU
Joe Goldberg has done plenty of horrifying things. John P. Fleenor/Netflix
  • Throughout Netflix’s thriller series “You,” viewers have seen many disturbing and violent scenes.
  • The psychological horror has a lot of gore and shocking moments.
  • The show is full of gory terror, like when Joe gets his fingers sliced off and Love slashes throats.
  • Warning: Major spoilers for all three seasons of “You” ahead.
  • Editor’s note: This post mentions suicide.

Benji’s attack is the first time viewers see Joe harm anyone, and the sudden strike is jarring.
Benji covered in blood.
Benji was tricked into hanging out with Joe. Netflix
Throughout the first episode, viewers see Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley) stalk, manipulate, and lie to Guinevere Beck (Elizabeth Lail) and Benji (Lou Taylor Pucci).

Joe’s intentions are clearly negative. He lies to Benji about being interested in his soda brand and leads him into the basement of the bookstore.

But when Joe hits him with the mallet, it’s clear any chance of talking things out is off the table. 

 

The video showing Benji’s involvement in a student’s hazing is one of the most realistic deaths on the show.
Joe watches Benji's hazing/murder video.
Joe watches Benji’s hazing evidence, plotting his blackmail. Netflix
There are plenty of sudden deaths on “You,” but the one Benji took part in is especially unsettling.

The number of real student hazing deaths that occur makes it particularly hard to watch, in addition to the fact that Benji kept the footage of the entire incident. 

Peach’s obsession with Beck and cataloged files of her was unsettling.
Peach with a wine glass and a screenshot of her computer.
Joe wasn’t the only one obsessed with Beck. Netflix
Joe stalking and manipulating Beck is creepy, but the reveal that Peach (Shay Mitchell) is also obsessed with her is a new level of disturbing.

Peach had hundreds of files on Beck, and even pictures of her changing when she was underage.

This is especially alarming considering they have been best friends for years, and Beck never knew that Peach was obsessively filming her throughout their relationship.

Things get intense when Joe realizes that Beck found his box of trophies.
Beck, shocked to find Joe's items.
Beck’s life changed at that moment. Netflix
Beck is horrified when she finds the box of trophies Joe has kept from stalking her and Candace, including her underwear, old phone, and Benji’s teeth.

It gets even more chilling when Joe realizes what Beck found and goes from joking to attacking her and locking her in the cage.

When Joe murders those he claims to love, it shows that no one is safe.
Beck, moments before she is killed by Joe.
Beck attempted to escape Joe’s bloody hands. Netflix
Before killing Beck, Joe has only killed people he saw as obstacles to the women he is obsessed with.

After her murder, viewers realize that he may kill anyone, even people he claims to love. 

This sets a precedent that everyone is at risk when Joe is around.

In a shocking twist, Dr. Nicky is successfully framed for Beck’s murder.
Dr. Nicky is framed for Beck's death.
Everyone believed Beck’s therapist was her killer. Netflix
Joe’s murdering spree throughout the first season is alarming, but his successful attempt of framing someone else for it is also terrifying.

He is able to get away with murder and ruin Dr. Nicky’s (John Stamos) life and reputation.

Even when Forty Quinn (James Scully) later realizes what really happened, Joe’s crimes are still never discovered.

Joe made the choice to rebuild the glass box in Los Angeles, proving he never planned to stop stalking.
Joe recreates his glass box.
Joe couldn’t get rid of old habits. Netflix
Joe’s decision to make another glass box in California shows he always knew he would need it, even though he tried to convince himself he would stop.

Since he doesn’t dismantle the cage after letting Will Bettelheim (Robin Lord Taylor) out, it also calls into question who Joe would cage next.

Though Delilah Alvez (Carmela Zumbado) ends up in the glass box, he may have intended to put Love Quinn (Victoria Pedretti) there if he ever needed to.

Jasper cuts Joe’s finger off after a seemingly pleasant introduction.
Joe holding his bloody finger.
Joe unexpectedly gets his finger sliced off. Netflix
Jasper (Steven W. Bailey) seems pretty friendly when Joe explains that he isn’t the Will Bettelheim that owes him money.

Their introduction quickly turns into a horrifying encounter when Jasper cuts one of Joe’s fingertips off.

The mutilation is even more disturbing when Jasper keeps the finger as a ransom for the money he’s owed, leaving Joe to spend the day with a bloody wound.

The disposal of Jasper’s body is one of the most gruesome acts on the series.
Joe grinding Jasper in a meat grinder.
Joe resorts to tossing Jasper into a meat grinder. Netflix
When Joe kills Jasper, it doesn’t come as a surprise since he can’t pay Jasper back and needs to keep his identity concealed.

But  Joe’s method of disposal is one of the most violent cover-ups on the show.

Joe cuts Jasper into pieces, puts them through a meat grinder, and tosses the mess in a dumpster.

Henderson’s system of abusing girls and covering it up for years is horrific.
Joe finds Henderson’s stash of inappropriate photos.
Joe finds Henderson’s stash of inappropriate photos. Netflix
After Joe breaks into Henderson’s (Chris D’Elia) house, he finds proof that Delilah wasn’t his only victim.

Henderson’s pattern of preying on underage girls is even more horrifying because he did so for years without getting caught.

Even worse, the photo evidence was in his house that party guests had access to.

Many were shocked to learn that Joe buried Candace alive.
Joe moments before killing Candace.
Candace comes back to get revenge on Joe. Netflix
The second season finally reveals what Joe did to Candace Stone (Ambyr Childers), and it’s more gruesome than viewers may have expected.

His attack included tying her up, bringing her to the woods, hitting her against a rock, and burying her.

Her helplessness throughout the entire process, in addition to Joe’s quick betrayal, is hard to watch without flinching.

Forty finds the body of the au pair who assaulted him.
Love kills the au pair.
Joe isn’t the only murderer. Netflix
The au pair that looked after the Quinns manipulated and sexually assaulted Forty when he was a teenager.

After Love kills the au pair to stop further abuse, Forty is left to find her body.

It’s an extremely disturbing event for him considering the fact that Forty didn’t understand he was groomed. 

Joe wakes up with bloody hands and doesn’t know if he killed Delilah.
Joe wakes up with bloody hands.
Knowing Joe’s history, it wouldn’t be surprising if he did kill someone else. Netflix
Throughout his time doing drugs with Forty, Joe sees plenty of disturbing things and remembers some dark parts of his childhood.

When he wakes up with bloody hands, both Joe and viewers are left wondering if it’s real and if he killed Delilah or someone else.

Joe killed his father when he was just a child.
Young Joe eyeballing a gun.
Joe started his killing streak at an early age. Netflix
Joe and his mother were abused by his father — until Joe killed him.

Discovering Joe’s own father was his first murder victim is shocking, especially since he was a child at the time.

His mother is horrified and abandons Joe shortly after, making the realization sadder. 

Love kills Candace in a quick, bloody attack.
Love kills Candace.
In an unexpected turn of events, Love sides with Joe. Netflix
At the end of season two, it seemed as though Joe would actually be punished for his crimes after Candace locked him in the cage and revealed his past to Love.

Unfortunately for Candace, Love had no intentions of turning in the man she believed to be her soul mate.

She slits Candace’s throat, leading to a quick but brutal death. It’s more devastating knowing she survived everything Joe put her through.

No one believes Forty when he discovers the truth, and he dies trying to save his twin.
Forty holding a gun.
Forty connects the dots and tries to kill Joe. Netflix
With the help of Beck’s book and a brief conversation with Dr. Nicky, Forty figures out that Joe is a murderer.

Unfortunately, no one believes him when he warns that Joe is dangerous.

Love’s friends assume he’s high and reaching out to Candace proves fruitless since she’s already dead. Forty tries to deal with Joe himself after Love refuses to listen, only to be shot and killed by Officer Fincher (Danny Vasquez). 

His death is particularly tragic since he was perfectly right about Joe and only wanted to protect his sister. 

Love kills Natalie rather instead of confronting Joe about the box she finds.
Love kills Natalie.
Love doesn’t hesitate to kill Natalie. Netflix
Love finds Joe’s box of items he’s stolen from his new obsession, Natalie (Michaela McManus)

Instead of talking to him about this or confronting Natalie with a conversation, Love decides to murder Natalie with an ax.

In a way, Love’s previous murders seemed necessary to protect those around her. This slaughter was motivated by her jealousy and watching her kill someone she just met showed a more disturbing side to her. 

Henry dies in Joe’s fever dream.
YOU (L to R) PENN BADGLEY as JOE GOLDBERG in episode 301 of YOU Cr. JOHN P. FLEENOR/NETFLIX © 2021
Joe’s child gets sick. John P. Fleenor/Netflix
Henry’s hospitalization with the measles is an unexpected, heartbreaking arc on season three. 

Thankfully, the baby ends up being fine. But Joe’s fever dream showing Love wailing in grief over Henry’s death in one of the bleakest moments on the series.

Joe’s nightmare is unnerving and upsetting to watch, but the moment where he thinks his child is dead stands out as the most horrifying scene.

Gil dies by suicide in the glass box, even though the Quinn-Goldbergs might have let him out.
Joe is distressed to find Gil's body in the glass cage.
Gil’s death is shocking. Netflix
The most shocking death this season might be Gil’s (Mackenzie Astin), considering the Quinn-Goldbergs don’t murder him.

After realizing his son has assaulted women and his wife has covered it up, Gil dies by suicide in the glass box.

It’s jarring and difficult to watch Love and Joe find Gil, and disturbing to watch them stage his death at his house.

Dottie Quinn brings Henry with her when drunkenly burning down her vineyard.
YOU (L to R) SAFFRON BURROWS as DOTTIE QUINN and VICTORIA PEDRETTI as LOVE QUINN in episode 302 of YOU Cr. JOHN P. FLEENOR/NETFLIX © 2021
Dottie puts Henry in immense danger. John P. Fleenor/Netflix
Considering Henry’s parents are murderers, it’s surprising that his grandmother puts him in the most dangerous situations.

Dottie Quinn (Saffron Burrows) drunkenly drives with Henry in her lap before taking him with her to burn down her vineyard.

Thankfully, nothing happens to him, but every minute he’s with Dottie is stress-inducing.

Theo survives Love’s attack but gets seriously injured.
Theo after Love's attack.
Theo somehow survives a traumatic attack. Netflix
After hitting him with a rolling pin and pushing him down a flight of stairs, Love believes that Theo (Dylan Arnold) is dead.

Thankfully, he’s still alive and starts to stir before Joe buried him, though he’s extremely disoriented.

His severe confusion and belief that Joe was the killer, not Love, is heartbreaking.

Love and Joe poison each other.
Love attacks Joe.
Their toxic relationship turns fatal. Netflix
Finally, the Quinn-Goldbergs turn on each other.

Love and Joe poisoning each other is terrifying to watch because it leaves them unable to move or even speak.

She has been harvesting the poison for weeks and even used it on her first husband, James.

Joe cuts two of his toes off to fake his death.
Joe cuts off his toe.
This isn’t the first time Joe gets an appendage sliced off. Netflix
Watching Joe get part of his finger chopped off by Jasper was impossible to watch without wincing. 

Somehow, this is worse because Joe does it to himself and viewers can predict what he’s about to do before it happens.