He’s back! Again! Sinister stalker Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley) is set to return in a third season of Netflix‘s psychological thriller.
And viewers can expect a roster of new talent joining the show’s cast. As announced by Deadline, new characters will be played by Travis Van Winkle (The Last Ship) and Shalita Grant (NCIS: New Orleans).
While Van Winkle is reported to play a self-proclaimed “Master of Self-Optimization,” Grant will portray Sherry, a locally famous “Momfluencer” obsessed with social media.
Last season was filled with plot twists, with Victoria Pedretti (The Haunting of Bly Manor) ramping up the show’s tension as Joe’s latest obsession – but this time with a murderous secret of her own.
The binge-worthy drama’s last series saw Joe change identity and move from New York to LA, where he met his new target – chef Love Quinn (Pedretti). However, with season two ending with Joe on the back foot, what lies ahead for him and Love in series three?
Caroline Kepnes, who writes the books on which You is based, recently announced that she had finished the third book in the series, so hopefully we’ll be given some hints for what we should expect in the upcoming season.
Although it’s not yet known how the coronavirus pandemic will impact production, fingers crossed we don’t have to wait too long until another instalment of Joe and Love’s love triangle – and of course, learn the identity of their next-door neighbour.
Here’s everything we know about You season three, returning cast members and upcoming plot twists.
When is You season 3 released on Netflix?
It didn’t take long after season two’s December 2019 debut for news to emerge about a further series, with the commission of third run officially announced in January 2020.
But when is production on season three likely to begin? While we don’t have the answer just yet, we do know that the author of the books on which the Netflix series is based has recently finished the third book in the series.
Caroline Kepnes, who wrote You and Hidden Bodies (which season two is an adaptation of), recently changed her Twitter bio to: “Yes, I finished writing the third Joe Goldberg book” and announced that it’ll be released on 6th April 2021.
— Caroline Kepnes (@CarolineKepnes) August 4, 2020
With the third book in the series officially written, hopefully that means that the writing team of Netflix’s You can begin on season three’s scripts.
The next series will consist of 10 episodes – as was the case for the first two – and was originally set to stream in 2021, although there’s been no news yet if the ongoing pandemic has had an affect on that release date.
Given that production around the world has been shut down as a result of lockdown it seems likely that You will join the long list of films and TV shows to be met with delays – but we understand that as things stand Netflix is still aiming for a 2021 release.
As usual, we’ll give you more information as we get it.
You season 3 cast
Confirmed cast members so far include Gossip Girl’s Penn Badgley as lovesick serial killer Joe Goldberg and Victoria Pedretti (The Haunting of Hill House) as equally murderous girlfriend Love Quinn.
As reported by Deadline, we can expect several new characters. While Travis Van Winkle will play a “Master of Self-Optimization,” Grant will portray Sherry, a locally famous “Momfluencer” obsessed with social media.
We can also take a stab at guessing some other stars which might return though: Love’s brother Forty Quinn (James Scully) could still play a part, Will Bettelheim (Robin Lord Taylor), whose identity Joe stole in season three could make an appearance, and there’s also every chance Love’s friends Lucy (Marielle Scott), Sunrise (Melanie Field) and Gabe (Charlie Barnett) will still play a part.
There’s also the possibility of a return for Ellie Alves, with actor Jenna Ortega having told Insider, “I don’t think her storyline has fully run its course and I say this because the writers have been so brilliant in the way that they left so many possibilities open.”
Some characters definitely won’t be involved next time out though – having met something of a grisly end in series two – for example, Delilah (Carmela Zumbado) and Candace (Ambyr Childers) who were both murdered by Love.
You season 2 filming locations
The second season moved filming to LA which had a “big effect on the show” according to Penn Badgley. Of course, the next season (and seasons after that) can move anywhere. Penn said: “I remember having a conversation with [EP Greg Berlanti] about this. He was like, ‘You know what? I think we can put you anywhere and the show works. We could put you in Hawaii and it would work.’ Maybe that will happen in the fourth season? I’ll keep my fingers crossed.”
You season 3 plot
You centres on stalking sociopath Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley), who repeatedly develops obsessions with young women – aspiring writer Beck (Elizabeth Lail) in season one before he turned his attentions to aspiring chef Love Quinn (Victoria Pedretti) in the second run.
**WARNING: contains spoilers for You season two**
And the second series ended in a rather shocking manner – with Love revealed to have been behind the murder of both Delilah (Carmela Zumbado) and Candace (Ambyr Childers) – it looks as if Joe had met his match.
Season three looks to see the murderous couple come to terms with this revelation – as well as a certain shock pregnancy. The show seems to hint that Joe and Love will attempt to become a happy family unit, though we’re sure some killing is going to get in the way eventually.
Showrunner Patrick Gamble told Entertainment Weekly, “The stakes are pretty high. I have so many questions about Love’s mother who’s incredibly in the picture at the end of the season, like how much she really knows about her children.
“We wrote [the finale] hoping that we will get the opportunity to tell more stories because we’re really excited with the seeds planted at the end of season two.”
And co-creator and executive producer Sera Gamble has hinted that the third run could see an even more exciting storyline, telling Cosmopolitan UK: “I will say that we have an idea for season three that is SO exciting that people talk about it in the [writer’s] room everyday.”
Both seasons one and two were based on novels written by Caroline Kepnes, and the author has recently announced that the third book – You Love Me – has been written and is set for release in April 2021.
According to the book’s description, Joe is ready to start a family “even if it kills him”, and is “done with Love”.
He leaves the city for a “cozy island in the Pacific Northwest”, and meets a new love interest/potential victim – librarian Mary Kay DiMarco.
“Joe won’t meddle, he will not obsess. He’ll win her the old fashioned way…by providing a shoulder to cry on, a helping hand. Over time they’ll both heal their wounds and begin their happily ever after in this sleepy town,” the book teases.
“The trouble is…Mary Kaye already has a life. She’s a mother. She’s a friend. She’s…busy,” it continues. “True love can only triumph if both people are willing to make room for the real thing. Joe cleared his decks. He’s ready. And hopefully, with his encouragement and undying support, Mary Kaye will do the right thing and make room for him.”
It’s unclear whether season three of You will follow the events of the book, especially since the season two finale saw a dangerous Love still in the picture.
You season 3 theories
Like any television show with an avid fanbase, there are loads of fan theories online about what could happen next on You – some more plausible than others.
There has been plenty of speculation about Love’s unborn child, particularly over who the real father is. Sure, it could very well be Joe, but given the series has a knack for shocking twists, viewers are already dreaming up alternatives.
Some remain suspicious that the father could be Milo, particularly as the contraceptives Love claims to have used with him are not always effective, while a more elaborate theory suggests the baby could be the result of artificial insemination via a sperm donor.
There’s a growing sentiment that Love really could be the one to beat Joe at his own twisted game, with some fans suggesting that she secretly killed her late husband too, suspicious of the fact he died of a mysterious unknown ailment.
If not Love, perhaps Forty could put Joe to justice from beyond the grave, with one recurring idea being that the film he was working on could still see release and expose the psychotic murderer once and for all.
You season 3 trailer
There isn’t a trailer quite yet, but we’ll update this page when it drops. The trailer is usually released nearer the release date.
You seasons 1-2 are streaming on Netflix. If you want to watch something else check out our best movies on Netflix guide or best series on Netflix. You can also order Caroline Kepnes’ You from Amazon.
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