Based on the books by Caroline Kepnes and developed by Greg Berlanti and Sera Gamble, the mega-hit thriller YOU, first aired on Lifetime in 2018.
It was one of those shows that had a loyal following, but the ratings didn't materialise. Although Lifetime did renew the show, it was moved to Netflix which bought the rights to it.
And it was here that the vast majority of us first met Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley). On the surface, Joe is a lovely guy. He works in a book shop, is quiet, cute and seems pretty normal.
Except by now, we all know that he is anything but. Joe is in fact a serial killer who falls in love to the point of obsession.
So how on earth has he not been caught by now?? Well, that requires a quick recap…
YOU Season 1 Recap
Joe meets Guinevere Beck, an aspiring writer and he falls head over heels. Ensuring that Beck will have no choice but to feel the same way, he stalks her, removing obstacles on their path to true love.
But of course, Beck ultimately uncovers his twisted life and finds herself trapped in a glass cage. Thinking she has escaped (spoiler, she hasn't) she in turn traps him. But Joe is a clever guy, and soon he is out, kills Guinevere, dumps her body and frames the innocent Dr. Nicky for her murder.
Even Joe knows that it's time to get out of dodge so off he goes, taking us to YOU season 2.
YOU Season 2 Recap
Joe leaves New York behind and moves to Los Angeles to start again with a new identity. We quickly learn that he already has his eyes set on Love Quinn and in order to get close to her, steals the identity of a man named Will.
He takes his apartment and gets a job in a grocery store where Quinn works. Soon Goldberg is falling into his old patterns of violence and obsession, but there are two things he doesn't know.
Will is not squeaky clean and owes a lot of money. Though the situation is quickly taken care of, Joe has another problem. Love has her own dark secrets and a rather dysfunctional family.
With all of the deception and problems they face, can they make it work?
We find out in YOU Season 3!
YOU Season 3 Recap
Joe and Love are still together and drumroll please….are expecting a baby. Yes, those two psychos are actually having a child. But it seems that being married and raising a child isn't enough to keep Joe from his true self.
His latest obsession is their next-door neighbour, Natalie Engler. Sensing her happily ever after is in danger, Love decides to eliminate the Natalie problem.
But that's not enough to stop Joe who turns his attention to the local librarian Marienne. To up the ante even more, Marienne's stepson becomes obsessed with Love. No prizes for guessing how poor Theo fairs in that particular relationship!
Of course, there are the usual affairs, murders and accusations but ultimately, Joe must once again reinvent himself as he heads to Paris after Marienne.
YOU Season 4 – Netflix Release Date
For any of you that may have been worried that Netflix wouldn't renew the show, don't panic. YOU Season 4 is on its way.
It was ordered by Netflix in October 2021 and we know that Penn Badgley returns as Joe Goldberg alongside Tati Gabrielle (Chilling Adventure of Sabrina) who reprises her role as Marienne Bellamy.
YOU Season 4 began filming, mainly in London, in March 2022 and wrapped in August.
That means YOU Season 4 will be released on Netflix on February 10th 2023.
And just so they can tease us all a little bit longer, You Season 4 will be split into two parts. The second part will be aired on March 10th 2023.
YOU Season 4 Cast
So we know that YOU Season 4 is mostly set in London, though creators have confirmed that some of it is also based in Paris.
We also know who to expect in season 4, so here you go…
Penn Badgley as Joe Goldberg
Tati Gabrielle as Marienne Bellamy
Lukas Gage as Adam
Charlotte Ritchie (Call the Midwife) as Kate
Tilly Keeper as Lady Phoebe
Amy-Leigh Hickman as Nadia
Ed Speleers (For Love or Money) as Rhys
YOU Season 4 – What Happens?
If the first three seasons of YOU are anything to go by, then we are in for another 10 episodes of mayhem!
Moving away from the US setting, the creators decided to throw Joe into a very unfamiliar environment.
Creator Sera Gamble told TVLine “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.”
Hence the reason production was moved to London!
With some of the characters already fleshed out, we know that Tilly Keeper will play Lady Phoebe. She is an aristocratic socialite with an avid fan base however, her true colours show when she’s alone with her friends.
Nadia (Amy-Leigh Hickman) is another aspiring author but one who has made some serious mistakes in the past. Now they may destroy her.
Rhys (Ed Speelers) is the ultimate rags to riches guy. But with an ability to see right through people, will Joe get caught in his crosshairs??
We get to find out everything with YOU Season 4 comes to Netflix.