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You Season 2: Here’s Everything We Know So Far

Winter’s unexpected TV hit is You, which premiered in September on Lifetime to lackluster ratings but has found a great resurgence on Netflix. The soapy melodrama centers on a bookstore clerk, Joe (Penn Badgley), who develops an obsession with a woman named Beck (Elizabeth Lail). His fascination with Beck drives him to do some crazy things, like stalk her every move and, oh yeah, murder people in her inner circle. It’s a wild story, and thankfully Netflix is making a second season. (Lifetime passed You over to the streaming platform at the end of 2018.)

Here’s everything we know about the next chapter of You—and be warned: Major spoilers for season one ahead.

1. The first part of the season takes place in Los Angeles. This is in line with what happens in the second novel of the series that You is based on, Hidden Bodies. “Joe Goldberg comes to L.A. and he is a die-hard New Yorker so I can’t say that he comes to L.A and he instantly falls in love with the place,” You‘s show-runner Sera Gamble tells The Hollywood Reporter. “At least at first glance, this is not Joe’s kind of town, which is delightful.”

2. All of Joe’s loose ends from season one will come back to haunt him. Remember, he framed Dr. Nicky (played by John Stamos) for Beck’s murder, and Peach Salinger’s (Shay Mitchell) family is investigating her mysterious death. All of this, Gamble tells THR, could “come back to him at anytime.” “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 says. “If you look at every act of violence that he does in season one, that is potentially something that could come back and bite him.”

3. But it’s unclear if Stamos will be reprising his role in the second season. “We have been talking a lot about the character and we’re excited to keep telling that story,” Gamble tells THR.

4. Joe will continue to be the “woke” guy who doesn’t really get it. “He thinks he really understands women,” Gamble also said to The Hollywood Reporter. “He thinks that he is such an incredible ally. I think that can be one of the most dangerous positions of all when you’re entitled and when you’re not entirely self-aware about why you do the things that you do…So, I don’t know, we’re having a lot of fun being subversive with the story, and that will continue.”


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5. When is season two premiering? The show’s Instagram page says the next chapter is “coming soon,” so expect to see it at least before the year is over.

6. Penn Badgley is reprising his role of Joe. He’s back—and probably still very, very creepy.

7. We will delve more into Joe’s past. We learned a little bit about his childhood in season one. Mr. Mooney (Mark Blum), Joe’s first boss, may have played a big hand in his, erm, perception of the world. This will also be expanded in the episodes to come. “Joe was taken in by a guy who had a certain type of life philosophy that really did rub off on Joe,” Gamble tells THR. “Joe was already a teenager by the time he even met Mr. Mooney. There’s a lot more to explore about Joe from earlier in his life. Those are the things we’re starting to get into for season two.”

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