14 of the most terrifying moments from the first season of 'You'

NetflixPenn Badgley plays Joe on ‘You.’

  • The Lifetime-turned-Netflix series “You” is returning for a second season on December 26.
  • The first season of the show was filled with murders, twists, and turns that kept viewers on the edge of their seats.
  • The series stars Penn Badgley as Joe, a stalker who works in a bookstore.
  • Joe quickly becomes obsessed with Guinevere Beck, a writing student in New York City, and he begins stalking her.
  • Warning: Major spoilers for season one of “You” ahead.
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“You” will soon be back for a second season, but we certainly can’t forget about all of the horrors from season one.

Adapted from a book series by Caroline Kepnes, “You” originally premiered on Lifetime, but it was picked up by Netflix – and the streaming network is set to release a second season of the show on December 26.

The first season of the thriller series stars Joe (Penn Badgley), a book-loving stalker who’s taken an intense interest in Guinevere Beck (Elizabeth Lail), a writing student in New York City.

Ahead of season two, let’s look back on the most shocking moments from season one of “You.”


Warning: Major spoilers for season one of “You” ahead.


When Beck almost found Joe hiding in her shower.

NetflixBeck even turned the shower on.

On the first episode, Joe broke into Beck’s apartment, leading to one of the first suspenseful moments of the season.

When Beck unexpectedly came home early while Joe was still inside, he hid in the shower. But while Joe was in the shower, Beck reached her hand inside to turn the water on.

Before she could pull back the curtain, she got distracted by a phone call and she ended up turning the water back off.


When Joe attacked Beck’s boyfriend, Benji.

NetflixBeni was tricked by Joe.

While gathering information on Beck during the first episode, Joe quickly realised that he hated her current boyfriend, Benji, who treated her poorly.

Outraged by him, Joe lured Benji into the basement of his bookstore by pretending he was a reporter for New York Magazine who wanted to do a feature on Benji’s soda startup. Joe promptly hit Benji over the head with a mallet, knocking him out.


When Joe finally killed Benji after having him locked up for days.

NetflixThe latte was deadly for Benji.

After knocking him out, Joe locked Benji in what some viewers have dubbed the “book dungeon,” a glass box located in the basement of the bookstore that’s intended purpose was to protect and temperature-control old books that needed to be kept in pristine condition.

After a few days, Joe decided he must kill Benji and he does so by sneaking peanut oil into Benji’s latte. Benji was severely allergic to nuts.


When Joe first attempted to murder Beck’s best friend, Peach Salinger.

NetflixHe hit her with a rock and ran.

Joe was also not fond of Beck’s best friend, Peach Salinger, a fictionalized descendant of the real-life literary legend J.D. Salinger.

Peach was perceptive and she quickly realised there was something off about Joe and his ways. And when some of her belongings started disappearing – like her laptop and a book from her home – she suspected Joe was the culprit.

And so, during one of Peach’s runs through Central Park, Joe ran up behind her and bashed a large rock against her skull, knocking her to the ground and leaving her to bleed out.

She was thought to be dead but viewers later see she was still alive and more suspicious than ever.


When young Paco tried to kill his mother’s boyfriend.

NetflixJoe later revived Ron.

Joe returned home to find that his neighbour Paco, a troubled young boy, tried to kill his mother’s abusive boyfriend, Ron.

Joe quickly revived Ron and Ron attacked Joe.


When Joe broke into the Salinger estate.

NetflixHe even hid under Peach’s bed.

While Peach was healing from her Central Park attack, she and Beck went to stay at her family’s estate in Connecticut.

Joe found the estate’s address online and broke in to watch them.


When Joe killed Peach and framed it as a suicide.

NetflixPeach was shot by Joe.

On that same episode, Peach found Joe in the house and she shot him. Even though he was wounded, Joe fought back and viewers heard one more gunshot.

We later learned that Joe staged her death to look like a suicide and he escaped, despite being wounded himself.


When Joe went to Beck’s therapist because he suspected she was cheating on him.

NetflixThe therapist is played by John Stamos.

After Peach’s death, things between Joe and Beck went sour. Soon, he thought she was cheating on him with her therapist, Dr. Nicky, so Joe decided to become his patient, too.

He told Dr. Nicky that he was gay and struggling in his relationship, but he was really trying to see if Beck was sleeping with the therapist. Eventually, it was revealed that she was.


When Beck found Joe’s hidden box of her underwear, Benji’s teeth, her old phone, and other pieces of evidence.

NetflixThe box included Beck’s old phone that she thought she’d lost.

Viewers were shocked when Beck finally found everything in a box in Joe’s bathroom: Benji’s teeth, her old cell phone, other objects she thought she lost, and more.

Suddenly, she realised that Peach was right about Joe.


When Joe locked Beck in the bookstore basement.

NetflixHe said she didn’t understand that everything he did was for love.

When Joe returned and found out that Beck discovered his secrets, he saw no other option than to lock her in the basement “book dungeon” as he had done to Benji.


When Joe killed Ron and had Paco help him keep it a secret.

NetflixJoe promised to take care of Ron’s body.

By this point, Ron was still terrorizing Paco and his mother. As Ron was chasing Paco and threatening him, Joe killed Ron and then told Paco not to tell anyone.


When Beck escaped from the “book dungeon” by using a typewriter key to stab Joe.

NetflixShe stabbed him while she kissed him.

Viewers probably thought Beck was on her way to safety when she cleverly used a typewriter key to stab Joe, steal the keys, and lock Joe in the cage.

But Joe was smart and he had hidden a spare key inside of the book dungeon. Beck didn’t get very far.


When Dr. Nicky got arrested for all of Joe’s crimes.

NetflixHe was taken away in handcuffs.

Beck had typed up all of Joe’s crimes while she was locked up and she framed them as things her therapist had done, claiming he was obsessed with her.

She had written it to try to convince Joe to let her out of the basement, saying she’d lie to protect Joe – but Joe ended up using it as evidence that the therapist had committed Joe’s crimes.

After Joe murdered Beck, Dr. Nicky was arrested for the murder of Beck and he was suspected to have killed Peach and Benji.


When Joe’s ex, Candace, showed up at the bookstore.

NetflixCandace appeared wearing heart-shaped sunglasses.

Throughout the season, Candace had been discussed at length as Joe’s ex-girlfriend who ran off to Italy after things didn’t end well between them.

But during the last few moments of the first season, Candace appeared in New York City to see Joe, setting the stage for the show’s second season.

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