- You -4 ‘You’ Season 3 Theories, Including The Possible Return Of A Familiar Face
Joe Goldberg and his incognito cap are back in action, ready to wreak havoc on the Westside of Los Angeles all in the name of love...and Love. According to the You Twitter account this week, Season 3 picked up production as of November 2, 2020, and for the sake of COVID-19 regulations and protection from Netflix's most likable serial killer, they caution that we stay six feet away... at all times.
In addition to Joe saying hello to you, as in, his new neighbor and latest object of obsession, Netflix teased that we have a few newcomers joining the party. TBD if they'll end up murdered by Joe, Love, or a new killer who also seeks divine, narcissistic justice that has yet to emerge.
Last month, Netflix Queue Tweeted out the first round of fresh blood to join the cast in Season 3, which seem very in line with the customers who might have frequented the Quinn family's trendy Anavrin mart.
Shalita Grant will play Sherry, a "Mom-fluencer" who appears down to earth, but is actually a mean girl who only pretends to welcome Love into her social circle. Yikes, that's cold, but hey, maybe it's the safest way to stay alive when you're in Joe and Love's orbit. Meanwhile, Travis VanWinkle will play the wealthy Cary, who invites Joe into his inner circle. Let's hope he doesn't meet the same fate as Joe's previous friends like Forty and Delilah, now shall we?
The most recent addition? Scott Speedman as Matthew, a successful CEO, husband, and uncommunicative father. He's reserved, mysterious, and has a tendency to be withdrawn...all of which masks a deep well of emotion underneath. Maybe Felicity can enlighten us on the inner workings of Ben Covington's heart.
Well, well, well... will Love be knocking on these newbies' doors with some of her fresh-baked muffins to welcome them to the neighborhood? Will Joe and Matt bond over feeling stifled in their eco-conscious suburban prisons?
These Netflix unveilings have certainly made me think of where we may find Joe in Season 3 of You. Caroline Kepnes' two books the series is adapted from are donezo for now (she's currently working on the third), and it doesn't look like he's moving cross country like we saw at the start of Season 2. He committed his crimes and being stuck in his 73 and sunny box is his punishment. So however will Joe be able to amuse himself? Let's hypothesize on some hangups from last season we wager will weigh on Dad Joe in Season 3.
Hey There, Delilah (and Ellie)
Joe Goldberg, a.k.a., Will Bettelheim, a.k.a., Paul Brown, appreciates a fellow lost soul, a kindred spirit he can be a father figure to unlike the one he, gulp, killed. We saw him care for Paco, and take care of Paco's mom's abusive boyfriend in Season 1, and he sent Ellie off on her way to Florida to escape the group home system and police investigation into her sister Delilah's "disappearance" in the Season 2 finale.
Joe told her to get on a train at Union Station and head east, just get the hell out of Los Angeles, once he not so subtly implies that her sister Delilah isn't coming back. Speaking of, Love said the plan was to leave Delilah's body to be found with a suicide note, making her a posthumous feminist icon. Will she become renowned and revered like after Beck's death in the first season? Will her special friend Officer Fincher at the police station read into her suicide note as a forgery? Would he recognize her handwriting? Will there be any justice for Delilah?! Unlikely in this world.
And by the end of the Season 2 finale, Ellie does make a new life for herself in Sarasota, Florida, asking Joe to send her more money in three months' time via postcard. But before she left, Joe confessed to killing Henderson, the skeevy pedophilic comedian who preyed on Ellie, drugged and sexually assaulted her older sister Delilah, and harmed numerous other women he took into his basement. Disgusting.
Joe helps Ellie and sends her away, promising to always take care of her like any good surrogate father would. He wonders, "She should hate me, but as long as she's safe. Is this what fatherhood feels like?" Maybe it does, Joe, but will Ellie's knowledge of his secret ever come back to haunt him?
Joe tells us as he brings groceries into his and Love's new home that the investigation became poisoned after Forty's death and his slate was wiped clean. The Quinn family does "own the LAPD," after all. But on You, karma does come back with a vengeance, even if it's just being "trapped" reading Crime and Punishment poolside in your backyard.
Are Love and Joe Really Having a Daughter?
Throughout the Season 2 finale, Love keeps saying that she has a "feeling" that she and Joe's future baby is going to be a girl. She negates the idea of needing a paternity test, as it has to be Joe's since she made Milo, her rebound, use protection. She didn't make Joe? Alrighty then.
But are these two really ready to be parents? They can't even keep the people in their lives who cause the slightest inconvenience alive. How can they look after a child? And will it actually be a boy, to be named in honor of Love's late twin brother Forty? Maybe they'll even stick with the tennis route anyway and name their kid after Nadal or Federer, Naomi or Serena.
What I'm wondering here is if parenthood and moving in together will inspire You's pseudo Bonnie and Clyde to get hitched. Maybe Love will be more partial to the idea, as she openly embraces Joe for all his flaws and carnage, while Joe is more reticent and terrified of facing himself in the mirror.
As Penn Badgley told The Hollywood Reporter, the twist of the Season 2 finale came from giving "Joe exactly who it seems like would be the only person who could be with him, the person he could be happy with, the person he is happy with. The revelation should mean, 'oh, she can accept this about me.' Because that's what he keeps saying — 'if only I could show you who I really am and you could accept me then I would know true love.'"
But it doesn't work out that way. Joe only wants the idealized fantasy of an unattainable, imperfectly perfect woman, who he can gaze upon without really seeing her. Peering through his telescope and projecting his version of who he wants her to be onto her. Total objectification.
As showrunner Sera Gamble echoes, Joe retreats from Love because "she sleeps better at night than he does." And he doesn't know how to live with it. So his coping strategy and toxic habit? Move onto the next lady love.
Love Thy Neighbor?
The final scene of Season 2 zeroes in on Joe ogling his (seemingly) new fixation, his one escape from the hell of suburban monotony. "When I found myself here, I thought this was the end," he bemoans to himself. "But that's not how destiny works, is it? This is just the beginning because this is where I had to be, exactly. Where I had to be to meet...you."
"There you were with your books and your sunshine. So close but worlds away. I will figure out a way to get to you," he vows. "See you soon...neighbor."
Joe's very own California dream girl, since his first LA lady, blue jean baby made him face reality too much. His neighbor seems just his type to fetishize. She's a reader (we spot Aldous Huxley's Brave New World, A Guide to Jane Austen, and Kafka's Selected Stories on her patio table), a literary maven who writes notes as she reads and has sticky flags on hand. Could this be who he was looking for in Beck? Who he ran from when he met Love? And she checks the other box where she doesn't know or care that he exists seemingly. He can visualize however he wants her to be without any confirmation.
Is this woman an English teacher? Scott Speedman's character Matthew's wife? As his character logline emphasizes that he's a husband and uncommunicative father who's withdrawn, but with a deep emotional well underneath, is he possibly the spouse of Joe's latest crush? Will Joe try to get close to him to get closer to her? Will they embark on an affair, causing Love to turn to Matt for solace which allows his "deep emotional well" to open up and they too begin an affair? The incestuous neighbor possibilities really are endless here. Maybe wealthy Cary weasels his way in instead. Although Love did make it pretty clear she only has eyes for Joe in the finale, so we'll see. She's clearly the more faithful one out of the two, judging by that finale.
Is Shalita Jones' Sherry someone Love turns to for motherly advice and wants to learn more about the Mom-fluencer space from? Who knows, maybe Love is becoming a cultural "influencer" in her own right with her stellar cooking skills on top of being a new mom. Did you see that wedding cake and every other treat she made for Joe this season?
And did Love's mom move in down the street, or is she now a frequent resident at the Goldberg, sorry Bettelheim, and Quinn residence, especially after Forty's death? She was there to help them move in and is a character Gamble intentionally featured in those final moments, as she told Entertainment Weekly.
"I have so many questions about Love’s mother who’s incredibly in the picture at the end of the season, like how much she really knows about her children," Gamble teased.
Will We Ever See Joe's Mom Again?
One mother who we've only ever seen via flashback though is Joe's. We learned more of his toxic and abusive family history, and how she sent him to the Irving Group Home for Boys before Mr. Mooney took him in at the bookstore in New York.
Joe grew up in an incredibly traumatizing and neglectful home, where worst of all, he saw his mother attacked, and he sought to protect her in the most fatal way possible by killing his father. But we never saw her again after she told Joe she'd be sending him away "just...for a little while."
One theory the internet flocked to after the season finale was that Joe's sunny, bookworm of a neighbor was in fact his mother making a return. But that's one notion that Penn Badgley himself put to bed. "She's definitely not his mom," he shared with Bustle in January. "I can say that."
Well, will Joe investigate the whereabouts of his mother now that he is about to embark on parenthood himself? Will Love call in the P.I. she used to dig up intel on Joe last season to find Joe's mother for him? Prove even more just how much she loves him when she can sense he's pulling away and towards the fence next door.
The bottom line of what we can be sure of next season, or for any future season of You, is that there will always be another you for Joe to look for, as he can never be happy within himself. He seeks to fill that void with someone else. Toxic and unhealthy, but sadly true. What a nice idea it would be if the show were called Me, and Joe went to therapy, or I don't know, prison, to do some real work on healing himself. But then we wouldn't have our anti-rom-com, psychological thriller of a show here.
Bottom line, Joe will never be satisfied, and there's no doubt we'll see more of his obsessive tendencies when Season 3 airs in 2021.