Everything You Need to Know Before Watching 'You' Season 2
What will Joe do for love this time?
Last season of Netflix‘s psychological thriller series You left fans with a major cliff hanger. Based on the 2014 novel by Caroline Kepnes, the TV show stars Penn Badgley as Joe Goldberg, Elizabeth Lail as Guinevere Beck and Shay Mitchell as Peach Salinger.
Warning: This post contains spoilers.
Its plot followed the book’s original story of Joe, a New York bookstore manager and serial killer who falls in love and obsesses over Beck. Throughout the show, viewers know from the get-go what kind of person Joe is and what his intentions are with his girlfriend. Each episode unravels Joe’s psychopathic side and the lengths he would go through to keep Beck in his life.
In the last episode of the first season, fans were left with many unanswered questions. Thankfully, the streaming giant has finally confirmed You‘s Season 2 premiere date which is set to release on December 26 across the U.S., UK and Ireland. However, before the series airs, here’s everything you need to know before watching You Season 2.
Beck and Peach are dead.
Season 2 will unfortunately not be seeing the likes of Lail and Mitchell again. Last season, we learn that Peach was killed during a confrontation with Joe at her family’s estate in Greenwich, Connecticut. The two fight over a gun where Peach was shot by Joe who later frames her death to look like a suicide.
In the season finale, Beck found out that Joe killed her ex-boyfriend Benji and her best friend Peach. Joe keeps her captive in his Plexiglas book vault where Beck tries to escape but fails to do so and gets murdered.
Season 2 is set in Los Angeles.
Based on You’s book sequel, Hidden Bodies, Badgley will be returning as the infamous serial killer who goes to Los Angeles and instantly falls in love with the city. Sera Gamble, the series’ showrunner, told The Hollywood Reporter:
“The show is in LA. We started work. The writers are on the Paramount lot and we’re looking for stage space here in LA. Joe Goldberg comes to LA and he is a die-hard New Yorker so I can’t say that he comes to LA and he instantly falls in love with the place. At least at first glance, this is not Joe’s kind of town, which is delightful. Starting to talk about what Joe would think of Angelenos has been so much fun in the room.”
Kepnes also told a fan on Goodreads that there is a possibility of a third book in the works. So stay tuned while we wait for more details.
The cast is new.
Other than Badgley returning as Joe and Ambyr Childers returning as Joe’s ex, Candace, fans will be seeing new faces this season. The Haunting of Hill House’s Victoria Pedretti has been cast as Love Quinn, the new female protagonist and Joe’s love interest. According to TVLine, Love’s character is:
“An aspiring chef who’s working as a produce manager in a high-end grocery store. Unlike her predecessor, she is uninterested in the world of social media, branding and self-promotion, focused instead on leading an interesting life. She is also tending to a deep grief—and when she meets Joe, she senses a shared knowledge of profound, life-changing loss.”
Other roles include James Scully and Jane the Virgin’s Jenna Ortega. Scully will be playing Forty Quinn, Love’s brother and Ortega will be taking on the role of Ellie, “a teenager who grew up fast in the big city,” who “takes care of herself and isn’t afraid to get into murky waters to make a little cash.”
We’ll get to find out more about Joe’s past.
We learn from last season that Mr. Mooney (Mark Blum), Joe’s guardian and former bookstore owner, was the root of Joe’s madness and issues. Season 1 showed mere flashbacks of Joe’s abusive past as a child, but next season, fans will be able to discover more about his relationship with Mr. Mooney. Gamble told The Hollywood Reporter: “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 2.”
Candace is back for revenge.
In the last episode of Season 1, we learn that Joe’s ex-girlfriend is alive who he thought was dead. In the upcoming season based on the trailer, she’s back for revenge and is on a mission to stop Joe from repeating the same thing he did to her and Beck. She and Joe have “unfinished business to talk about” and gives a warning in the trailer saying: “If he loves you. That’s the most dangerous thing.”
Co-creator Sera Gamble told Cosmopolitan UK about her and Netflix’s decision to keep Candace alive: “At some point in the season we realized everyone would assume Candace was dead and wouldn’t it be a great twist if she wasn’t, and we had some stuff that we knew would happen in Season 2 and her being alive spun out new ideas.”
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