You season 4 is fast approaching – and now Netflix has released some first-look images to prove it.

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The fourth instalment will see Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley) reinventing himself once again following the major character death in You season 3, this time as Professor Moore - and one first-look image (below) shows him sharing some words of wisdom with his class.

Another photo (below) sees Joe getting cosy with new cast member Charlotte Ritchie (Ghosts, Feel Good).

Penn Badgley as Joe Goldberg You.

Ritchie isn't the only new season 4 cast member, with Stephan Hagan also joining as Malcolm, Ozioma Whenu as Blessing, Tilly Keeper as Lady Phoebe, and Aidan Cheng as Simon, as the setting of the show shifts to London.

In addition, Dario Coates joins as Connie, Eve Austin as Gemma, Ben Wiggins as Roald and Niccy Lin as Sophie.

There’ll also be some familiar faces coming back for the new instalment, with Uncharted star Tati Gabrielle confirmed to be returning as Joe’s brief love interest Marienne Bellamy.

Charlotte Ritchie as Kate and Penn Badgley as Joe in You season 4.

A first-look clip was previously released, giving fans a look at Badgley's serial killer.

The footage was revealed as part of Netflix's global fan event TUDUM, where it was first revealed that the new season would land in two batches.

“Allow me to introduce myself,” Joe says in the trailer. “I’ve gone through a bit of refinement...”

But of course, we don't expect Joe to be able to leave his murderous ways behind for long.

"I think Joe will remain the same," Badgley previously said to TV Line. "Someone this profoundly ill, disturbed, traumatised and violent has a serious hurdle before them if they're ever going to heal and change. I don't know if it's possible for someone who's that far gone."

So, when can we expect the new episodes, which are being split into two batches, to land? Read on for everything you need to know about You season 4, including trailers, cast updates and – spoiler alert – what happens at the end of season 3.

You season 4 release date

You season 4 part 1 will be released on Netflix on 9th February 2023. Meanwhile, You season 4 part 2 will be released on Netflix on 9th March 2023.

There will be 10 episodes in the fourth season, with five released in the first part and the other five in the second part.

So, the twists and surprises from creepy Joe will stretch out for longer this time around.

Penn Badgley as Joe Goldberg in You
Penn Badgley as Joe Goldberg in You. Netflix

In a statement to announce the fourth season, showrunner Sera Gamble said: “We’re deeply grateful that Netflix has shown You such monumental support and that people around the world have enjoyed watching Joe really get it all very wrong over the past three seasons.

"The whole You team is excited to explore new, dark facets of love in season 4.”

Just where will we leave Joe by the end of the fourth season?

You season 4 cast

Amy-Leigh Hickman as Nadia Farran in You season 4.

So far, the following cast members have been confirmed for You season 4.

  • Penn Badgley as Joe Goldberg/Jonathan Moore
  • Tati Gabrielle as Marienne Bellamy
  • Lukas Gage as Adam
  • Charlotte Ritchie as Kate
  • Tilly Keeper as Lady Phoebe
  • Amy Leigh Hickman as Nadia
  • Ed Speleers as Rhys
  • Brad Alexander as Edward
  • Niccy Lin as Sophie
  • Aidan Cheng as Simon
  • Stephen Hagan as Malcolm
  • Ben Wiggins as Roald
  • Eve Austin as Gemma
  • Ozioma Whenu as Blessing
  • Dario Coates as Connie
  • Sean Pertwee as Vic
  • Alison Pargeter as Dawn
  • Adam James as Elliot

It wouldn't be You without Penn Badgley reprising his role as creepy Joe, who is now a widower and starting a new life away from his son Henry after faking his own death at the hands of his late wife Love Quinn (Victoria Pedretti).

Meanwhile, Uncharted star Tati Gabrielle will reprise her role as former librarian Marienne Bellamy, who became the subject of Joe's obsessions in the third season.

However, after she discovered his true nature from his wife Love, Marienne skipped town with her daughter Juliette and the season ended with Joe trying to track her down in France.

Tati Gabrielle as Marienne Bellamy in You
Tati Gabrielle as Marienne Bellamy in You. Netflix

Now that season 4 has begun filming, Penn Badgley was photographed filming with a beard in London opposite Gabrielle as Marienne - now sporting long blonde braids.

The snaps, as shown by MailOnline, see Marienne running and looking terrified - can't say we blame her if she has seen Joe!

Meanwhile, on 17th February 2022, Netflix confirmed that Euphoria star Lukas Gage had been cast in the series in a major role as Adam.

The streamer penned on Twitter: "In @YouNetflix Season 4, Gage plays Adam, the warm, funny, and hard-partying son of a wealthy family who is famous for failing to meet their standards. But the one thing he did learn from his parents is to do whatever it takes to get what you want."

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Will Adam prove to be a friend or foe for Joe?

Meanwhile, a large number of other cast members have been confirmed for the new episodes, including Ghosts star Charlotte Ritchie as the series' new female lead, Kate.

Charlotte Ritchie as Kate in You
Charlotte Ritchie as Kate in You. Netflix

Kate is described as " smart, independent, suspicious, misses nothing" and is an art gallery director who has embraced being an “icy b***h.

She is protective of her wild and famous socialite best friend Lady Phoebe (EastEnders star Tilly Keeper), who is described as "a sweet and trusting person whose extreme wealth and fame tend to attract opportunists."

Kate is dating a party boy and literary professor Malcolm (recurring star Stephen Hagan) when he invites Joe into their world and Kate is instantly suspicious. Could Kate be the one to bring about Joe's downfall?

Lady Phoebe is also dating Adam, but will their romance go the distance?

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EastEnders actress Tilly Keeper has joined You in the role of Lady Phoebe.

Elsewhere in the main cast, fellow EastEnders alum and Ackley Bridge star Amy Leigh-Hickman will portray literature student and writer Nadia, whose mistakes put her in danger.

Finally, rounding out the main cast is Downton Abbey alum Ed Speelers as author Rhys, who faces the pressure to go into politics after overcoming his difficult impoverished origins to go to Oxford and mix with the elite. A sharp mind like his could also see through Joe.

Amongst the recurring cast is Brad Alexander as Edward, a rival to Nadia and the son of a media mogul; Niccy Lin as social media entrepreneur Sophie and Aidan Cheng as her artist brother Simon; Ben Wiggins as dark-minded aristocrat Roald; Eve Austin as tone-deaf party girl Gemma; Ozioma Whenu as "Nigerian princess" and investor Blessing; Dario Coates as a privileged friend of Kate and Phoebie named Connie; and Alison Pargeter as paparazzi photographer Dawn.

Gotham star Sean Pertwee stars as Vic, who serves as Adam’s loyal personal driver/dealer/security.

Ed Speelers speaks on stage during Wizard World Comic Con at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on January 04, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Ed Speelers has joined the cast as social-climbing author Rhys. Erika Goldring/Getty Images

Intriguingly, Adam James will portray Elliot, a figure from California with a powerful employer who heads to Europe with a special mission.

Elsewhere, Saffron Burrows' slightly unhinged character Dottie Quinn is now the only surviving member of the Quinn clan and may want revenge for her daughter Love should she discover that Joe is still alive.

While Dottie's appearance has yet to be confirmed, could she be the one who has employed mysterious Elliot who could be tracking Joe down?

Other characters to return include any of the surviving characters from previous seasons, but Joe appears to have truly left most of them behind.

However, we doubt Joe will entirely be able to let go of Henry.

Finally, given that Guinevere Beck (Elizabeth Lail) made a posthumous appearance in the second season, we doubt that Joe will be able to shake off his late wife Love Quinn (Victoria Pedretti) so easily. Perhaps Love may haunt him in the upcoming season?

We can only hope!

Is there a trailer for You season 4?

Yes! A trailer was released during Netflix's global fan event TUDUM in September 2022, showing Joe's latest transformation and teasing his move to London. You can check it out below:

However, a subsequent announcement saw the dates of the new season change once again - see above.

Prior to that, on October 13th 2021, Netflix released a teaser to announce season 4 with the caption “YOU season 4 is in the [body] bag.”

We can't wait for more!

You season 4 plot

Penn Badgley as Joe Goldberg and Charlotte Ritchie as Kate in You season 4
Penn Badgley as Joe Goldberg and Charlotte Ritchie as Kate in You season 4. Netflix

Each season of You so far has been based on one of Caroline Kepnes novels – season one is based on her book You, season two is based on Hidden Bodies and season three is loosely based on You Love Me which was published in April 2021. Kepnes has announced she is working on a fourth book, but it is currently unclear how much of it will be used as the basis for the next season of You, or which will come first – the book or the series.

Regardless, the new series picks up with Joe Goldberg in Europe on the trail of Marienne Bellamy. The pair will eventually come face to face once again, but it seems that Joe will soon become caught up with a whole new crowd of rich and privileged individuals.

It seems one individual who does become vitally important to Joe: art gallery director Kate.

However, it seems that Kate is not a naive victim for Joe and soon may piece together the truth about him,.

Are the tables about to be turned on Joe?

Victoria Pedretti as Love Quinn sharpening a butcher knife in You season 3
Will the spectre of his late wife Love Quinn (Victoria Pedretti) come back to haunt Joe? OHN P. FLEENOR/NETFLIX © 2021

If you have finished watching season three (and if not, stop reading now as there are spoilers ahead), you know that Joe faked his own death (by chopping off two of his own toes!), left his baby Henry in the care of couple Dante and Lansing, and framed Love for all their crimes before killing her with aconite and then setting their house on fire.

Love’s shocking death was not a surprise to Victoria Pedretti though, who told TVLine that she always knew the season was not going to end well for her character. “I knew [Love] was going to die at the end of this season pretty early on. I knew I wasn’t going to be on the show past two seasons, so I assumed that she would die.”

It’s unlikely Love is still alive (though, in the world of You, anything is possible), but she (and Victoria Pedretti who plays her) could return in Joe’s mind to haunt him, just as Beck did in season two.

If you want more of a breakdown as to how the series ended, you can read our You season 3 ending explainer here.

It’s possible season four could be the final season of the hit Netflix series, and in a recent interview with Vulture, star Penn Badgley talked about what he thinks should happen to murderer Joe when the drama comes to an end.

“Punishment is important, but what form of punishment is actually effective? With Joe, the irony is that death is almost too easy for him,” he says, adding that Joe could be tortured (“he deserves it, but does someone deserve to have to do it?”) or just condemned to be miserable for life (“but he already is miserable.”)

You season 4 location

You season 4 will be set in London, United Kingdom.

Netflix confirmed the setting for the season on social media following images shot of Penn Badgley shooting scenes for the series in London.

You's official Twitter page penned: "Joe’s back for a bloody good time. If his book choice tells us anything… our boy might not be in Paris anymore."

The books displayed in the images shared are all set in London, England.

The first season of You was set and filmed in New York, and then the story and production switched to LA for season two. “If you went straight from season one to season two, you’ll notice the sun-drenched colour palette,” Sera Gamble told Variety. “There’s something creamier about the light in LA than in season one.”

The third season of You was also filmed in California, with locations in the Los Angeles area doubling for the fictional town of Madre Linda and a street in the LA suburb of Van Nuys used for the exteriors of Love and Joe’s idyllic house.

By the end of season three, the plot has Joe in Paris looking for his latest obsession, Marienne, although the scene was filmed in LA with a fake backdrop showing the Eiffel Tower.

However, with filming taking place on-location in London, England, it seems we will have a very British season of YOU.

Want to read more about You?

You seasons 1-3 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's You from Amazon.

If you're looking for more to watch, check out our TV Guide and Streaming Guide.

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