“Stay at least six feet from Joe Goldberg at all times.”
Netflix’s You has officially started production on season three, and while the US is still in the thick of the coronavirus, they have adopted a COVID-Safe approach.
With a COVID action plan, the streaming service has announced the news with a very COVID promo shot. Star Penn Badgley in a face mask.
Now, correct me if I’m wrong, covering Joe Goldberg in a mask is enough to make me freak out entirely — but to be fair, it’s very on-brand for the serial killer. Can you imagine the number of women he’d kill in this “disguise”? Sends shivers down my spine.
Season two was a huge hit for You and introduced us to Joe’s (end of Season spoiler alert) new love and mother to his soon-to-be child, Love (Victoria Pedretti). While we can’t even fathom Joe as a father, it looks like season three will show us just that.
So, what else do we already know?
According to Cinema Blend, the writers got together in March 2020, however, the coronavirus derailed all plans to start filming.
Then in June, the writers posted a fun Instagram post as they all dressed up for “Fancy Friday — Prom Night”, meaning they were back on deck.
Their most recent post, accompanying the same photo of Badgley, read: “The scripts have been written and now it’s time for the cameras to start rolling. YOU S3 is officially and safely back in production.”
The Sun then reported that You would be back filming in November and finish filming “late April 2021”, which could mean a late 2021 release date. Twitter scooper, Daniel Richtman, was behind the news and given that his filming prediction was bang on the money, we’re thinking we’ll get You next year. (Seriously, that title though!)
The third season will centre on Joe and Love becoming parents, the fall-out of the deaths of Delilah and Joe’s ex Candace (by Love!) and of course, the neighbour. The woman we met in the final episode of season two has a major storyline arch next season, with many fans questioning if she is Joe’s mother.
“I will figure out a way, a way to get to you,” Joe said at the end of the final episode. “See you soon, neighbour.”
In an interview with Bustle, Badgley denied it was her, saying: “She’s definitely not his mum. I can say that.”
Showrunner Sera Gamble said that “there’s a lot to come with that neighbour” in an interview with TV Guide and we’re betting it’s going to cause a huge rift between the psychopath and his lady love.
We may even see some old characters come back to life — metaphorically, not physically. Some who escaped his clutches, for example, Ellie (Jenna Ortega), may make a comeback.
“If I were to come back, I don’t know if I would be in the first few episodes. I feel like I would have to be one of the [characters] like, ‘Oh, look who’s here, she just came up and now it’s another problem for Joe’,” Ortega told People.
Alongside Badgley, Animal Kingdom’s (and Felicity’s) Scott Speedman is set to star as well as The Last Ship’s Travis Van Winkle. Shalita Grant will play Sherry, an influencer, who befriends Love but all is not as it seems.
Joe and Love will cross paths with Speedman’s character, Matthew, and if Joe kills him, I will not forgive and forget. I’m still getting over (SPOILER ALERT) the death of his character Baz on Animal Kingdom!
In an interview with Collider, Pedretti revealed what she would like to see for her character this season. While not dying is probably at the top of the list, she does want to see some “hysteria”.
“I mean, it was always happening,” she said of Love’s spiral. “She was always kind off her rocker consistently, even before the large reveal at the end of the season. But yeah, I just love when she and Joe are just going at it, you know? With all the hypocrisy. It’s kind of hysterical. I really want to venture more into that.”
On November 3, 12 more additions to the cast were announced including Saffron Burrows (Mozart in the Jungle) as Love’s mother, Dottie, Dylan Arnold (Halloween) as college student Theo, Tati Gabrielle (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina) as Marienne, a no-nonsense librarian, Michaela McManus (The Village) as Natalie, Joe’s next-door neighbour, Shannon Chan-Kent (Another Life) plays Kiki, a devoted member of Sherry’s “mean girl” group.
Ben Mehl (The Good Wife) has also joined as the librarian, Dante, Chris O’Shea (Madam Secretary) as Andrew, another friend of Sherry, Christopher Sean (Days of Our Lives) as Brandon, Kiki’s husband, Bryan Safi (9-1-1) as Jackson, Andrew’s husband, Mackenzie Astin (Homeland) as geology professor Gil, Ayelet Zurer (Angels & Demons) as Dr Chandra and Jack Fisher (NCIS) will play Young Joe Goldberg.
With its initial renewal announcement of the series, Netflix announced that there would be ten episodes just like its predecessors.
A New Novel
Caroline Kepnes, the author behind the popular series in which the series was based, has said that her next book will influence the outcome of the show.
“Joe is really proud of himself because a lot of people in his position descend into darkness after having been through what he’s gone through in book two and then in the beginning of book three,” she said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. “And he decides that he’s going to be a better person and he’s very proud of himself for that.
“Having dealt with Love’s family and dating someone with this close relationship with their twin brother, he’s very focused on the idea that he should be the one with the family. But yeah, the main thrust of it is that he’s very proud of his strength.”