Netflix’s post-Christmas psychological thriller You provided the perfect, bingeable antidote to the sugary-sweet festivities.
**WARNING: contains spoilers for You season one**
Based on the eponymous novel by Caroline Kepnes, the series follows Joe (Gossip Girl’s Penn Badgley), a seemingly charming bookseller, whose philosophy in life seems to be that all good things come to those who wait, master the art of online stalking… and commit the occasional murder.
After the series ended on a cliffhanger, fans are now eagerly anticipating season two (which was announced before the first season even premiered). Here’s everything you need to know about You season two.
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When is You season two released on Netflix?
You season 2 will premiere on 26th December 2019 – happy Boxing Day!
time to buy some curtains because You returns on 26 December pic.twitter.com/2Sv9fnv9Er
— Netflix UK & Ireland (@NetflixUK) November 11, 2019
We also know that filming began in February 2019…
seeing Joe with Love AND Candace makes us happy being single. YOU S2 in production! pic.twitter.com/IXDNVtt9op
— YOU (@YouNetflix) February 15, 2019
… and as of November 2019, here’s our official first-look image!
Hey bunnies. Here is your first look at YOU S2. pic.twitter.com/yPHxFrYxb4
— YOU (@YouNetflix) November 21, 2019
Although Badgley is set to return, the majority of the cast is destined to be new after (spoiler alert!) Joe murdered his girlfriend, Beck (Elizabeth Lail), who he had been stalking for the entire series.
The next season will be set in LA, with brand new actors.
Joining the main cast as the series’ new female lead is Haunting of Hill House‘s Victoria Pedretti. She is set to play Love Quinn, an aspiring chef who’s working an unfulfilling job and who’s disenchanted with social media. She’s also grieving, and when she meets Joe in LA she senses that he too has lost someone.
Pedretti also stars in Quentin Tarantino’s Charles Manson film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, playing Manson cult member Lulu.
Further cast for season two includes Melanie Field as Sunrise, “a stay at home mommy blogger raising a toddler,” and Marielle Scott as her partner Lucy, an “edgy-chic literary agent” with a deadpan sense of humour.
Then there’s Magda Apanowicz as Sandy, “a woman from Joe’s past,” and Charlie Barnett, who stars as Gabe – best friend of Victoria Pedretti’s character Love Quinn.
The role of Love’s brother Forty Quinn will be played by James Scully, described as “confident, opinionated and privileged – at his best, a charming buddy; at his worst, a razor-sharp bully.”
Meanwhile, Jane the Virgin actress Jenna Ortega will star as a teenager called Ellie.
.@YouNetflix has added two recurring roles for Season 2: Melanie Field as Sunrise, a stay at home mommy blogger raising a toddler with her partner Lucy and Magda Apanowicz as Sandy, a woman from Joe’s past. pic.twitter.com/7uOQYO3klq
— Netflix Queue (@netflixqueue) April 4, 2019
What’s going to happen in You season two?
Season one follows Joe, who stalks and then dates Beck, an NYU grad student and aspiring writer. Things quickly get dark and in the end Beck and her friend Peach are killed — while a third woman, Joe’s ex-girlfriend Candace (Ambyr Childers), presumed dead for the entire series, rocks up to Joe’s bookstore very much alive.
In an interview with RadioTimes.com, Elizabeth Lail explained that in her first audition, she had no idea about her character Beck’s ultimate fate. “I was like, oh this is a little love story! And then, in between – from that audition to my callback – I read the book,” she said. “And just the whole time, I was like, ‘What have I gotten myself into?’ I really had no idea until then. And even until the very end of the book, I never saw it going that way.”
“I am sad to not continue that journey with him,” The actress admitted. “But it’s only him, and I think they’re shooting it in LA, and so nothing will be the same. Hardly anything. It’ll be a whole other story.”
While season two will see Joe attempt to escape his past by heading to LA, it seems some of his actions will continue to haunt him. Speaking about the plot for season two, showrunner Gamble told The Hollywood Reporter: “If you look at every act of violence that he [Joe] does in season one, that is potentially something that could come back and bite him.”
Gamble added: “Part of the fun of continuing the story is that the loose ends from Joe’s past are still dangling and 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.”
Is there a trailer for You season two?
Yes, check out the full-length trailer below…