For those of you who are somehow still in the dark about You, campy stalker drama turning rom-com tropes on their heads, Penn Badgley basically revives his role of Lonely Boy, falling in love with a pretty blonde and doing whatever it takes to make her his, including murder. Other writers may have written something like, "Badgley plays a role similar to Dan Humphrey...if he were a psychopath," but I'm inclined to believe that's where Gossip Girl was heading anyway.
It started its life on Lifetime but didn't really gain momentum with fans until it dropped on Netflix in December 2018. Now, the streaming service is taking over for season 2. Anyways, I'm so happy that the world tuned into bookstore manager Joe's (see what I mean?) story because Penn Badlgey's twitter has become a goldmine.
At first he struggled a bit with the concept.
No, that's not a gif. But soon he got the hang of it.
There you go!
Yeah I really should consult with my agent about this huh https://t.co/cmrr7wJo9f- Penn Badgley (@PennBadgley) January 9, 2019
Then, he realized, much to his chagrin, that a lot of you weirdos are actually crushing on that guy who masturbated in the bushes while staring into a stranger's apartment.
I know, he was confused too.
I’m gonna amp this poll so we can just... see https://t.co/QMOvdB6Imo- Penn Badgley (@PennBadgley) January 10, 2019
Don't worry, it's something he's planning on working on for season 2, because this nonsense has to end.
Ditto. It will be all the motivation I need for season 2. https://t.co/fy2hojauDG- Penn Badgley (@PennBadgley) January 9, 2019
Speaking of season 2, here's everything we know so far:
How will Netflix change You?
In that same interview, Penn discussed what we can expect from a Netflix version of the thriller series. “There are certain liberties we’re now able to take, but it’s very much the same show," Penn insists. Basically, there will be more swearing, but nothing will “cross the line aggressively."
How will Joe deal with Beck's death?
“There’s a revisitation of that with Joe in the second episode of the second season, where you get to see a bit more of the hard reality of what he did to her,” Penn hints to ET, “In his mind, she’s not even dead.” That's not a spoiler, though. She's definitely dead. "In his mind, everyone’s still alive because the pain that he feels he suffered at their hand is very much still alive.”
Any new faces?
It's official. Joe has a new girl in his life and she will be played by Netflix alum Victoria Pedretti of The Haunting of Hill House. According to Entertainment Weekly, Pedretti will play Love...a girl who couldn't be more different than Beck. Here's how she's described:
An aspiring chef working as a produce manager in a high-end grocery store. Love is uninterested in the world of social media, branding and self-promotion, focused instead on leading an interesting life. She is also tending to a deep grief, and when she meets Joe Goldberg, she senses a shared knowledge of profound, life-changing loss.
Showrunner Sera Gamble says we're in for a major shakeup in season two with this new leading lady. “Season 1 was a particular kind of story that we could tell about the relationship between Joe and Beck and the moment that we did what we did in the finale, that’s not repeatable,” Gamble says. “I will say that Love is a person he could only have met after what happened between him and Beck. And by the way, Joe is not out there looking for love. He’s truly heartbroken by what has happened, and so what Love offers is a different kind of friendship and a different kind of relationship.”
“I’m really excited for people to get to know Love," Penn tells ET. “There’s a side to Joe that we haven’t seen yet because her character, in some ways, is the polar opposite of Beck.”
Who's else is coming back?
Obviously, with the way the first season ended, Joe will continue to take center stage, and will be dealing with the mysterious Candace (Ambyr Childers). No official word yet on if a bearded John Stamos will reprise his role of Dr. Nicky, but co-creator Sera Gamble told Vanity Fair that they are"excited to keep telling that story."
There's also a chance Guinevere Beck (Elizabeth Lail) and Peach Salinger (Shay Mitchell) could return...at least as visions haunting our boy Joe.
Paco's mom Claudia (Victoria Cartagena) is reportedly returning, along with Ethan (Zach Cherry), Lynn (Nicole King), and Annika (Kathryn Gallagher).
Will 'You' remain in NYC?
Not completely! "Joe Goldberg comes to L.A. and he is a die-hard New Yorker, so I can't say that he comes to L.A and he instantly falls in love with the place," Gamble told The Hollywood Reporter.
For those of you who read the series that You is based on, you will know that this is exactly what goes down in Hidden Bodies. Gamble told Entertainment Weekly that his new love interest may be a driving force in his changing opinion. “To me, Love embodies the best of Los Angeles. Joe is not moving to LA because he f–king loves the West Coast. He’s a New Yorker and he has bought the party line on how terrible L.A. is and when he gets here, very little dissuades him from his initial opinion, "Gamble says.
"This show is an opportunity to illuminate an L.A. that maybe a lot of people haven’t seen that goes beyond the Hollywood sign and Love is part of that. She’s a Los Angeles native. She has really absorbed the best of the city and she’s really artistic with the way that she lives her life.”
What about ALL those loose ends?
Don't worry, Joe's not out of the woods just yet. "He is very worried about the fact that Peach Salinger's family has hired people to investigate her alleged suicide, and there is evidence potentially still at her house from season one," Gamble said. "If you look at every act of violence that he does in season one, that is potentially something that could come back and bite him."
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