The third season of the show has been confirmed by Netflix, but will it follow the books?
Earlier this year, author Caroline Kepnes of the You said that she was writing books three and four of the thriller series for Random House following 2016’s sequel Hidden Bodies. Fans of the show on Netflix will know that her first two books were the basis for the first two seasons of the TV show You. Penn Badgley plays the creepy protagonist Joe Goldberg. She told Rolling Stone at the time, "I’m so freaking excited, working on the book now, revising a few parts. Joe decides to live in a small community in the Pacific Northwest with a low crime rate. He volunteers in a local library. Joe thinks he can breathe in a small town because small-town people are good people."
While a third season has been confirmed by Netflix, it will be interesting to see if it follow Kepnes’ storyline? "I hope we get season three; I want more TV and more memes!” she shared at the time. In her books, music will play an important role as "Joe meets a former grunge rocker," she said, jokingly, "I wrote some lyrics for the imaginary band. Gulp." Murder is also still on the cards. "Yes, the new book has a body count," she added. According to LADBible, Caroline Kepnes updated her Twitter bio to say that novel three is finished. Previously, she had stated that she was still working on it. She confirmed the news on Twitter, writing: You3 is done and I know I keep saying 'soonish' but it's truly so done that I saw possible covers last week. Your patience in a pandemic means the world to me. Thank you for waiting! Soonish he's yours. Also spoiler alert. In You3 Joe bitches about the word 'soonish'.
According to Harper's Bazaar, the show was renewed for a third season and will consist of 10 episodes. Netflix had announced the news on January 14. In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Badgley accidentally seemed to have let the news slip, says Harper's Bazaar. When he was asked about his character's relationship development with (spoiler alert) Love in season 2, he said, "Dare I say, I think in the third season..." Uh-oh! As soon as he realized what he'd said, he threw his head back, and quickly tried to recover from the damage he may have caused at the time, "I literally know nothing about the third season." One of the show's executive producers, Sera Gamble, told Cosmopolitan UK, "I will say that we have an idea for season three 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." It appears the show may focus on Joe (spoiler alert) becoming a father.
Y'all work faster than Joe when he finds a new You— mac ミ☆ (@macspacekenzie) January 14, 2020
Gamble also appeared on Us Weekly's Watch With Us podcast and said, "I think the very best thing inside of Joe is his desire to protect innocent young people. That’s so sincere. It’s obvious that he doesn’t have any ulterior motive beyond maybe just wanting another kid to have a better childhood than he did." She continued, "I mean, the argument can be made that he saved both [Paco and Ellie], but the argument can probably more strongly be made that he came into their lives and destroyed them." We'll just have to wait and see Season 3 to figure out what kind of person Joe will turn out to be!