Netflix's binge-able series You, based on the bestselling thriller of the same name written by Caroline Kepnes, was one of the streaming network's biggest hits last year. The series starred former Gossip Girl star Penn Badgely as the seemingly charming bookstore clerk Joe, who falls for an equally charming college student named Beck, played by Elizabeth Lail. The couple begins to have a sweet romance before the audience learns that Joe isn't really charming and is, in fact, a psychopath. Fans of You have been eagerly waiting to see what the fates have in store for Joe in the second season of the hit series. Here's everything we know about You season 2.
Fans may not realize that Kepnes has also written a sequel to You, titled Hidden Bodies, but we're not sure how closely season 2 will follow the written sequel, despite season one following the book quite closely with the exception of a twist ending. *Spoiler Alert* While Joe kills ex-girlfriend Candace in the book, she's alive and well and returns in the final episode of season one. "She's not nearly as dead as [Joe] thought," showrunner Sera Gamble told Vanity Fair.
We do know that season two takes place in L.A, not New York. "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," Gamble told The Hollywood Reporter. "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."
Gamble also hints that some of Joe's actions from season one may come back to haunt him in season two. "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," she says. "And Dr. Nicky is in prison and he is ardently protesting his innocence. 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."
Speaking to the CloserWeekly Classic TV podcast, author Kepnes revealed that season 2 is "based on Hidden Bodies, and takes place in LA but...Joe's drive for coming here is different in the book, but it's the same Joe in the sense that he gets to L.A. and it doesn't feel like home."
Fans of the book know that Joe meets siblings Love and Forty when he arrives in LA, and the series will also introduce the same characters. "He meets them in the show, and their family owns a bunch of grocery stores, so we have that, too," Kepnes explained during her appearance on the podcast. "So there's a lot that you'll recognize, and then there are twists, which, to me, makes it exciting for the reader, because it's that idea when, as soon as you think you're comfortable and you know what happens next, there are going to be things that are different...Whether or not you read the books, you're going to be surprised."
Love is played by The Haunting of Hill House's Victoria Pedretti. "Like her name, she’s very warm and there is a carefree aspect to her spirit that really comes from the fact that she has constructed a life for herself that’s about being in the moment and doing what she loves every day," Gamble tells Entertainment Weekly.
"In that way, she’s very, very different than the woman that you got to know in season one, Beck, who was ambitious and driven as a writer and also as a young person in a social circle that had a certain kind of status. Beck had been quite aware of her social media presence, and Love is extremely disinterested in all of that…. She’s a Los Angeles native. She has really absorbed the best of the city, and she’s really artistic with the way that she lives her life.”
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Gamble also explained to Vanity Fair that fans may not have seen the last of Beck when asked if the character may return in flashbacks during the second season. "I think [Joe] would feel haunted by some of the things that he felt compelled to do in Season 1. He certainly wasn't doing this stuff because he enjoyed it. . . We didn’t write the character to be a bloodthirsty serial killer. We wrote him to be certainly misguided and, at times, one could argue, unhinged—but always for what would seem like compelling and noble reasons."
And although season one followed along with the book pretty closely, Gamble says that she's not overly concerned with season two being completely true to the sequel. "We never really sweat how much we hew to the letter of the law when we’re adapting Caroline’s books. It so happened [with Season 1] that a lot of stuff remained intact, but the guiding principle has always been to kind of bring to life the spirit of the story and not to obsess too much over plot details. . . Caroline has always been on board with that, and I think that’s going to continue to be the path in Season 2."
Which means that fans will be treated to even more of the charming, creepy Joe Goldberg that we just can't get enough of when season two finally arrives. So far, Netflix has only said that it's "coming soon." We'll be waiting.