- Netflix has renewed the thriller “You” for a season two but there’s still no release date.
- Season two won’t exactly follow the second book in the “You” series, “Hidden Bodies.”
- The second season of “You” will take place in Los Angeles and some people from Joe’s past might return.
Warning: Major spoilers from season one ahead.
It might seem like Joe Goldberg got away with his crimes on the first season of “You,” but the story isn’t over yet. A second season of the psychological thriller series is in the works at Netflix, which means Joe’s past likely won’t stay buried.
The series, which is based on the book of the same name by Caroline Kepnes, follows New York bookstore manager Joe (Penn Badgley) through his obsessive pursuit of Beck (Elizabeth Lail), an aspiring writer. By the end of the first season, Joe’s obsession with Beck has turned deadly. Although he appears to have successfully gotten away with multiple murders and crimes, his past is sure to haunt him in season two.
The second season(partially based on Kepnes’ follow up novel “Hidden Bodies”) promises to delve deeper into Joe’s twisted mind as his relentless quest for love “ventures into riskier, bolder territory.”
Here’s everything we know so far about “You” season two so far.
The second season will be set in Los Angeles
After pinning Beck’s murder on her therapist Dr. Nicky (John Stamos), Joe will be moving to a new state. Series co-creator Sera Gamble revealed that the move to LA will likely be an adjustment for Joe, who prefers to keep a low profile.
“One problem that Joe might face coming to Los Angeles is that you can’t walk down the goddamn street without someone posing against a selfie wall for their Instagram,” Gamble told TV Guide after the season finale aired in November. “You can’t go to a party without ending up on someone’s [Instagram] stories. If you want to lay low, if you want to stay out of trouble, if you’re trying not to be known Los Angeles is the wrong place to live.”
The new season won’t completely follow the plot of ‘Hidden Bodies’
There’s no need to worry about spoiling the show’s second season if you’ve read, or are planning to read, “Hidden Bodies.” Season two won’t stay completely true to its source material, so fans of the book series can expect new twists when they tune in.
“We are planning to diverge a little bit more from the second book than we did from the first, which was a very tight examination of this one relationship. But in order to tell that story for TV, we made some changes along the way – and every time a butterfly flaps its wings in season one, by season two there’s a tsunami,” Gamble told Vulture.
The jump from Lifetime to Netflix doesn’t change anything the writers had planned for season 2
Lifetime originally picked up the series for two seasons before “You” even premiered in the US, but the network decided not to move forward with the show’s second season. Netflix, which was already airing the series internationally, swooped in to save the day and acquired the series for season two.
None of this makes any major difference to viewers with the exception of where they can watch the show. In December, Gamble told Vulture the show would “stay fundamentally the same,” adding that it won’t become “some crazy free-for-all” after moving to Netflix.
Season 2 will take viewers deeper into Joe’s mind
Joe Goldberg is one of the most disturbingly sympathetic serial killers on television and season two will take a closer look at what makes him tick.
Gamble told TV Guide that the second season will be a “deeper dive into Joe” and examine “why he looks at the world as he does, what he’s able to be honest with himself about and the lengths he’ll go to in the name of preserving an idea about himself that might be, well, just slightly rooted in denial.”
Joe’s ex-girlfriend Candace will shake things up
The first season ends with the surprise revelation that Joe’s ex-girlfriend Candace (Ambyr Childers) is actually alive. Throughout the season, viewers are led to believe that Joe murdered her, but in a last-minute twist she shows up alive and confronts him about their “unfinished business.”
“Candace does indeed have a role in season two. I can say she’s not feeling particularly disposed to be nice to Joe. Joe wasn’t very nice to her, and she’s not feeling all that charitably toward Joe,” Gamble told Vulture.
Joe’s other victims might return
Joe racked up quite the body count, but that doesn’t necessarily mean his victims won’t appear in season two. Candace appeared in flashbacks and hallucinations through most of the first season before it was revealed she was still alive and Gamble has hinted that Joe’s other victims, such as Peach Salinger (Shay Mitchell), might return as haunting reminders of what he’s done.
“Part of the fun of continuing the story is that the loose ends from Joe’s past are still dangling and could come back to him at any time,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “He is very worried about the fact that Peach Salinger’s family has hired people to investigate her alleged suicide, and there is evidence potentially still at her house from season one.”
Gamble is, of course, referring to the jar full of pee that Joe left at Peach’s family home in Connecticut, which could tie him to her death. As for other loose ends, Gamble also hinted at the possible return of Dr. Nicky, who Joe framed for Beck’s murder.
“It’s too soon to say definitely whether John Stamos will return in season two but we have been talking a lot about the character and we’re excited to keep telling that story,” she said.
Victoria Pedretti, who played Nell Crane in the Netflix series ‘Haunting of Hill House,’ has been cast in season 2
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Pedretti will be playing an aspiring chef named Love Quinn who works in a grocery store. Her character will apparently be one of the female leads in season two.
Comedian Chris D’Elia has been cast as a recurring character in the new season
According to Deadline, the comedian and actor will reportedly play “a designer-hoodie, black Ray-Bans, expensive sneakers-wearing famous comedian with a ‘hard-life-lessons man-of-the-people’ thing working for him” in season two of “You.”
In the past, D’Elia has been on the sitcom “Undateable” and the actor-comedian also has multiple comedy specials on Netflix.
Charlie Barnett, known for his role in Netflix’s ‘Russian Doll,’ has also been cast in season 2
According to Netflix’s See What’s Next Twitter account, the actor will be playing Gabe, best friend to Love Quinn (Victoria Pedretti). Barnett recently starred alongside Natasha Lyonne in Netflix’s original series “Russian Doll.”
There’s no word on when season two will be released
Netflix has yet to announce the release date for the show’s second season.
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