Weeks after the world took its season 2 trip into the twisted mind of You's Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley), a third season was confirmed, with Variety reporting the show will return with Badgley and Victoria Pedretti before the end of 2021. Last fall, filming on the third season began with no less than than 13 additional cast members—some recurring from season 2 and others brand-new to You.
Here's everything we know so far about what's next for the series, from who will be playing a younger version of Joe Goldberg to which character could be his next love interest.
Has filming on the new season started?
The official Netflix Twitter account confirmed on November 2, 2020 that filming on season 3 had commenced. "We recommend you stay at least 6 feet from Joe Goldberg at all times. YOU Season 3 is back in production," the account tweeted, sharing a photo of Badgley in a "Hello YOU" face mask.
In fact, it's done.
Showrunner Sera Gamble tweeted on April 23, 2021 that the cast and crew had finished filming season 3 of You.
"Can I brag to you for a hot second?," she tweeted in a thread. "We had zero on-set positive COVID tests through a significant and scary surge here in LA. And haven't had one since. Because every single member of cast & crew worked very hard to take care of each other during a time that’s stressful, in a situation that’s tough to control. Obviously there is also an element of sheer good luck in this statistic. It’s impossible to totally negate risk in a pandemic. But this span we managed to have represents SO much effort and care on the part of the production, our COVID team, and our studio. Effort expended while each human is individually going through something unprecedented and uncertain that makes their lives more challenging."
And this season is going to be nuts.
She noted: "(Also, the episodes are fucking bonkers and the performances are insanely good. That’s all I’ll say about that till we are ready to talk about the new season.)"
When will it be released?
Deadline confirmed on April 20, 2021 that all 10 episodes of season 3 would be coming to the streamer in Q4, which means we will get more You this year! New episodes of the first season aired from September to October 2018 on Lifetime and the second season dropped on Netflix on December 26, 2019.
Who is involved?
In Variety's report, it was announced that Badgley and Pedretti, who play Joe Goldberg and Love Quinn respectively, will return. Series co-creators Sera Gamble and Greg Berlanti will also remain as executive producers, with Gamble also returning as showrunner.
However, the fates of other season 2 cast members are still up in the air outside of, perhaps, Delilah (Carmela Zumbado).
A new season also calls for new faces. On Friday, October 16, Netflix announced that Joe's universe is expanding by two: Shalita Grant and Travis VanWinkle will join the cast. Grant will play a "mom-fluencer" named Sherry, who "appears down to earth, but is actually a mean girl who only pretends to welcome Love into her social circle," the streaming service tweeted. VanWinkle will play Cary, a wealthy man who tries to welcome Joe into his inner circle. Who's gonna tell him?
Scott Speedman (Felicity, Animal Kingdom) joined the cast shortly after as Matthew, per Deadline.The character is described by the outlet as "a successful CEO, husband, and uncommunicative father. He’s reserved, at times mysterious, and has a tendency to be withdrawn, all of which masks a deep well of emotion underneath."
November brought updates on 13 new and recurring cast members, per Variety. Saffron Burrows (Mozart in the Jungle), who played Love's mother Dottie in season 2, will return for the third season as a series regular. She'll be joined by two other new series regulars—Tati Gabrielle (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina) as "no-nonsense librarian" Marienne and Dylan Arnold (Halloween) as troubled college student Theo.
In addition to that trio, 10 other new faces will guest star on You's third season. The new cast members, per Variety, include Shannon Chan-Kent as life coach Kiki, Ben Mehl as former veteran and librarian Dante, Chris O'Shea as gossipy dad Andrew, Christopher Sean as Kiki's rich husband Brandon, Bryan Safi as Andrew's attorney husband Jackson, Mackenzie Astin as geology professor Gil, Ayelet Zurer as therapist Dr. Chandra, and Mauricio Lara as Paulie, a friend of Young Joe Goldberg.
Speaking of which, Jack Fisher has been cast as Young Joe Goldberg. He'll reportedly appear via flashbacks where he's shown being "bullied mercilessly," making him "sensitive and vulnerable to influence."
Then there's Michaela McManus, who has been cast as Natalie. Based off her character description from Variety, she could be a new love interest for the damaged Joe. Natalie is "Joe’s next door neighbor and subject of his growing fascination. Married to a powerful man, Natalie is a professional and social success. But she sees through the shallow, Stepford-esque vibe that surrounds her, and beneath her wry exterior, she leads a secret life. One that Joe is willing to work hard to learn more about."
What will it be about?
A third season will be more unpredictable than the previous two, which were based on Caroline Kepnes' novel of the same name and its sequel, Hidden Bodies. However, another novel in the series isn't totally out of the question. Three years ago, Kepnes responded to a fan inquiry about a third book on Goodreads, saying, "You'll get more Joe eventually."
Series co-creator and executive producer Sera Gamble has also weighed in on what season 3 would look like. She told Cosmo U.K., "Absolutely it could come back for season 3," adding, "We have an idea for season 3 that is SO exciting that people talk about it in the [writer's] room every day. So my fingers are crossed…I'll just say, I hope we get the chance to keep making the show."
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