Everything You Need To Know about Netflix's You Season 2

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Everything You Need To Know about Netflix's You Season 2
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Never trust a man who is very protective about his basement. That's what we all learned from addictive Netflix thriller You in 2019.

Unfortunately, it's a lesson a few more ill-fated characters will likely find out the hard way, because serial-killing-bookworm Joe Goldberg and his side-kick glass dungeon are coming back for another season, Netflix has confirmed.

Season one of the ten-part series was adapted from part one of Caroline Kepnes' best-selling novel of the same title, and season two will be based on Kepnes' second part called Hidden Bodies.

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Thanks to Twitter, we now know that production on season two of You has officially started. Netflix shared a picture from their very first table reading, and of course Joe Goldberg was there being his best broody self.

Before we talk about what we can expect from season 2, let's recap season 1 (spoiler alert coming)...

From the beginning: You followed Gossip Girl's Penn Badgely as Joe - a spine-chillingly charming psychopath and manager of New York book store Mooney's, who begins stalking an ambitious writer and poet called Guinevere Beck after she has the misfortune to step into his store.

Elizabeth Lail as the doomed Guinevere Beck

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His store, incidentally, happens to have a sound-proof glass cage in the basement. And, yep, Beck ends up locked in said basement once she discovers all the manipulation and murderous deeds Joe is guilty of in his deluded bid to keep her as his girlfriend. For ever. And. Ever.

Sure, the start of their relationship may seem on the surface as relatable to many in the first flourishes of love... Ordering lots of take-aways together and generally eating lots of food most of the time - and doing boring stuff, like furniture shopping, which weirdly becomes fun when you're in a couple.

However in reality, Joe is stalking Beck on social media and IRL, and just bumped off her ex-boyfriend Benji and her best friend Peach (Shay Mitchell). Oh, and it appears as though he may have also killed his former girlfriend Candace, because she's been missing since she cheated on him. (The 'him' she cheated on Joe with, he 'fell' off a balcony and died).


Tragically the denouement features Joe making Beck the final victim of his body count (in season one, that is) but he publishes the story Beck wrote in an attempt to secure her freedom, which serves him the perfect alibi. This turns her into a posthumous bestselling author - it's what she would have wanted - and removes him from suspicion.

And as for Candace? Well, sadly for Joe she's very much alive...

You season 2's cast

Penn will reprise his role as the *ahem* newly-single Joe. The rest of the returning cast is basically a list of those who survived his murderous rampage.

Ambyr Childers is back as his MIA ex-girlfriend Candace - but this time in the present, rather than in Joe's troubled hallucinations.

You co-creator Sera Gamble spoke to Cosmopolitan UK about her and Netflix's decision to keep Joe's ex-girlfriend Candace alive for season one's cliffhanger finale - or should that be, resurrect her from dead because she's most definitely not alive in the book - and how she will feature in season two.

"At some point in the season we realised 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 two and her being alive spun out new ideas," Sera explained.

"Greg [Berlanti - co-writer] pitched the idea that at the end Candace wasn't quite as dead as we thought, and as soon as he said it, everyone in the writers' room had so many ideas.

"And her being alive does open up options of what will happen next. I can tell you we will see more of her, and she shakes Joe to the very core with what she brings to the story, and so it propels Joe a lot in what he decides to do next."

We're also hoping that the show's only likeable character - bar maybe Ethan - Joe's young neighbour Paco, played by Luca Padovan, will return. Paco's touching relationship with Joe made Joe seem more human, even though he's really a ruthless, monstrous murderer.

We all know that Paco's abusive stepfather Ron (Daniel Cosgrove) won't be back, because yes, Joe killed him. Paco's mother - played by Victoria Cartagena - is believed to be returning too.

We're also assuming Joe's loyal book clerk employee Ethan (Zach Cherry) - now happily dating Blythe - will be back too. Plus Joe's therapist Dr Nicky. 

We also know that Joe has a new girl in his life in season 2, and her name is Love. Sure...


According to Entertainment Weekly, The Haunting Of Hill House's Victoria Pedretti's will play Love, and she could not be more different to Beck. Here's how she's been described: "An aspiring chef working as a produce manager in a high-end grocery store. Love 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 Goldberg, she senses a shared knowledge of profound, life-changing loss."

You's co-creator Sera gamble added: “Season one was a particular kind of story that we could tell about the relationship between Joe and Beck and the moment that we did what we did in the finale, that’s not repeatable.

"I will say that Love is a person he could only have met after what happened between him and Beck. And by the way, Joe is not out there looking for love. He’s truly heartbroken by what has happened, and so what Love offers is a different kind of friendship and a different kind of relationship.”

James Scully has been cast as the brother of Joe Goldberg's new love interest, called Love (for real).

The 25-year-old Heathers actor will play Forty Quinn, described as "confident, opinionated and privileged — at his best, a charming buddy; at his worst, a razor-sharp bully", according to TV Line.

Meanwhile, Jane The Virgin's Jenna Ortega has been cast as a new character called Ellie - a teenager who "grew up fast in the big city".

Ellie sounds similar to Paco in that she is "secretly living with minimal adult supervision or nurturing in her life". When times get difficult, she "isn't afraid to get into murky waters to make a little cash. This includes working cons on adults around her, including Joe Goldberg."

You season 2 release date

Alas, no release date just yet, but thanks to this Tweet from February 2019, we know that production has officially started.

You season 2 trailer

Again, no trailer just yet.

What's the You season 2 plot?

Sera has confirmed that Joe will be moving to LA for season two - but through no choice of his own.

"Joe's going to hate it," she disclosed. "He's not there for fun. Can LA win Joe over a little bit? Or can anyone in LA win Joe over a little bit?

"He is in LA not because he's been dying to live in LA, but he's there for a reason that becomes clear in the first episode. He had a lot of judgement about New Yorkers around him, and the LA people around him are ten times worse."

But the writers aim to present Los Angeles as a "multicultural patchwork", rather than a phoney city filled with Hollywood agents and wannabe stars.

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Meanwhile, Sera has also hinted that Joe will struggle to move on from Beck - even though, you know, he killed her - and that he will be battling with his conscience from the body count he amassed in season one. Sera says that some viewers also became attached to and invested in Beck, so it might appear crass and unconvincing to instantly replace her.

Season two will also delve into Joe's childhood and his cryptic relationship with book store owner Mr Mooney.

"We'll be going into Joe's early life in season two, and naturally we want to know more and move around in his entire life," Sera revealed.

Unanswered questions from the first season of You...

What happened to Candace's brother? We know he was placed in psychiatric care, and Beck found out in season one that he had died six months ago. Did Joe kill him too? Is he really even dead?

Joe's Beck-rebound Karen (Natalie Paul) is the one that got away - literally - but did her short-lived relationship with Joe arouse any suspicions about him?

Paco knows what Joe really is - but will he snitch on the only dependable person in his life?

You season 2 is due for release on Netflix later this year.

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