Joe Goldberg's Not Done Creeping. 'You' Will Return to Netflix For Season Four

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Photo credit: JOHN P. FLEENOR/NETFLIX
Photo credit: JOHN P. FLEENOR/NETFLIX

It’s official: Joe Goldberg will live to creep another day.

Last week, just two days before its Season Three premiere, Netflix announced that You will get a fourth season. The thrilling stalker psychodrama has amassed legions of fans, with reportedly upwards of 40 million viewers tuning in during its first month on the platform alone. The new announcement video strings together every time Joe says “for you” in voiceover, leading to a card reading, “4 You.” (Awful clever, aren’t they?)

Based on a novel of the same name by Caroline Kepnes, the series asks the question, “What would you do for love?” The answer, according to Joe Goldberg (played by Penn Badgley): Stalk women, gaslight the hell out of them, and bury them alive. The objects of Joe’s romantic obsessions always exit the show in a bodybag, but Season Two ended with a delicious twist when Quinn (Victoria Pedretti), Joe’s latest beloved, turns out to be every bit as deranged and murderous as he. When Joe finds out that Love is pregnant with his child, he vows to become a better man, but in the final shot of the season, his wandering eye turns to an alluring neighbor, much to Love's dismay.

“Reading Caroline’s novel, Greg and I were instantly obsessed with Joe Goldberg and his twisted world view,” said show-runner Sera Gamble. “And it’s been thrilling to watch Penn bring Joe to creepy yet compelling life. 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 3 seasons. The whole You team is excited to explore new, dark facets of love in season 4.”

Streaming now, Season Three picks up with Joe and Love’s move to the sunny Northern California town of Madre Linda, where their suburban milieu sees them surrounded by wealthy tech entrepreneurs and judgmental mommy bloggers. Joe is committed to becoming a better man for his child, but when he becomes obsessed with librarian Marienne, he fears Love’s fatal impulsiveness may spell disaster. Turns out, his Joe's fears are well-founded: Season Three ends with a literal explosion when Joe kills a jealous Love, sets their house (containing her body) on fire, and frames the crime as a murder-suicide. Leaving their son with a loving couple, Joe high-tails it to Paris, determined to find Marienne abroad and build a life with her.

You tradition dictates that Season Four will see Joe pick up a new city with a new cast of characters. Gamble didn't deny this, telling TVLine, “Every season of the show is new place, a new conversation about love with a lowercase L. I would be excited to do a European season. I think that would be so fun. One of the questions we always ask on this show is, What pool of privileged douchebags do we want to throw Joe into next? And there are a lot of untapped pools around the world, if you just leave the borders of the United States.”

But don't get it twisted: a new country doesn't mean a new Joe. “I think if Joe finds Marienne, he’ll live happily ever after and have beautiful babies. He’ll learn to speak French, he’ll become a writer, they’ll spend a lot of time along the Seine, and they’ll send their kids to school in Sweden,” Badgley joked. “No, I think Joe will remain the same. Someone this profoundly ill, disturbed, traumatized 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.”

As viewers of You know, most of the show's characters exit the picture very much dead, but Scott Speedman's Matthew Engler miraculously survived the season. Matthew, who blames Joe for his wife Natalie's death, clearly isn't done with Joe. Could we see Matthew return in Season Four, hell bent on hunting Joe down and making him pay? "No one's said anything to me," Speedman divulged in an exclusive interview with Esquire. "My honest answer is that I really doubt it. I think they want to close that loop up, or they don't want to lock themselves into other things. I think they've got a great show going, which really prides itself on having separate full seasons with new sets of characters. Though I agree that I don’t think the character is done with Joe. Matthew is a very rich man, so I can see him trying to track Joe down. I’d love to come back for that, but somehow I’m doubtful."

As for when You Season Four will arrive, mum's the word from Netflix, but the show's past release pacing would suggest that Season Four will arrive in Fall 2022. Watch this space for updates as we continue to learn more.

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