*spoilers for Netflix’s 'You' ahead*
Following Gossip Girl's token "LonelyBoy" Penn Badgley as an introverted bookstore manager named Joe Goldberg, You first premiered on Lifetime in fall 2018, but didn't fully find its audience until it migrated to Netflix that December. Then, it became something of a cult hit, with fans of the show somewhat ironically sharing their adoration for the show’s psychopathic lead, who has since asked them to rethink their devotion to a serial killer. The series became a Netflix Original title ahead of its second season, and was renewed for an additional ten episodes three weeks after the second season dropped.
Here’s everything we know about You season three so far:
The first trailer for You season 3 asks “what happens after ‘boy gets girl.’’”
In the first trailer for the season, Joe (Penn Badgley) and Love (Victoria Pedretti) find themselves living the American dream with a newborn baby, white picket fence and new lease on life as a happy, normal couple. But things quickly take a dark turn as a neighbor in the “soulless suburb” they’ve moved to becomes Joe’s latest fixation.
When will season 3 of You return to Netflix?
After a few delays, filming for season 3 of You has officially wrapped, and Netflix has announced that season three of the series will return on October 15, 2021.
Who will be in the cast of You season 3?
Though Badgley's narrator would maintain that You is a love story, in reality, it's always been more about Joe's unhealthy obsession with the objects of his affection. Positioning himself as the hero while relegating every girl he falls in love with to the role of damsel in distress, Joe habitually internalizes his own feelings of "love" to justify the increasingly depraved actions he takes to endear himself to the current apple of his eye. Set in New York, season one found Joe trying to win over aspiring writer Guinevere Beck (Elizabeth Lail), and concluded with her brutal murder. Season two shifted the setting to Los Angeles, where Joe sought to start his life over with a new identity. That is, until he meets the fun-loving chef Love, who was played by NYLON's January 2020 It Girl Victoria Pedretti and had way more agency than Joe ever gave her credit for.
According to Variety, Pedretti will once again join Badgley in the third season, with additional casting announcements to follow at a later date.
What will season 3 of You be about?
While seasons one and two of You were based on Caroline Kepnes' novels You and Hidden Bodies, respectively, season three will be the first to be written without any preexisting source material. But with series co-creators Greg Berlanti and Sera Gamble returning to the helm as executive producers, hopes are high that the show will maintain its eerily addicting narrative momentum. Where season one focused on the New York literary scene and season two headed to wellness-conscious Los Angeles, the third season of You will be located in a fictional suburb of the Bay Area. In the meantime, don't forget to close your blinds and routinely change your passwords. As all fans of the show should know by now, Joe Goldberg will stop at nothing in the name of "love."