While some people have said Norman's behavior across the Psycho franchise is far terrifying, others have pointed out to Joe's sound mind during the killings that make him far "worse".
Holidays are the time for us to spend some time with our near and dear ones and catch up on the latest series that television has to offer. This Christmas, Netflix dropped season 2 of YOU on Boxing Day, December 26, and our day was made. The series is based on the book of the same name by Caroline Keepers and it follows Joe Goldberg, played by Penn Badgely, "a bookstore owner, who develops obsessive and deadly infatuations with women in his life," reports comicbook.com
okay but who’s worse and why? pic.twitter.com/2ZiPNzEw96— tom the fox sin (@kvng_tomtom) December 29, 2019
The synopsis of the second season of the show reads, "What would you do for love? For a brilliant male bookstore manager who crosses paths with an aspiring female writer, this question is put to the test. A charming yet awkward crush becomes something even more sinister when the writer becomes the manager's obsession. Using social media and the internet, he uses every tool at his disposal to become close to her, even going so far as to remove any obstacle --including people -- that stands in his way of getting to her."
If you put Norman from Bates Motel and Joe from You in one room. Who’s coming out alive? Norman gonna drag joe dead ass out the room without even knowing he killed joe.— lisa (@lisa_YOhi) December 30, 2019
Sans spoilers, the second season of YOU sees Joe give into his stalker tendencies yet again and starts becoming obsessed with another woman called Love Quinn. The second season of the show has sparked quite the controversy, including, a now-viral tweet from @kvng_tomtom, which debates whether Joe is "worse" than Bates Motel Norman Bates (played by Freddie Highmore).
Norman in Bates Motel ACTUALLY had multiple personality disorder. While he may seem “worse,” Joe is worse because he was fully aware when he obsessed and murdered. Joe planned his murders, while Norman blacked out, and didn’t even know he killed. Joe is much worse. A sociopath. https://t.co/ATrb2L336E— Angela Sirman-Gonzalez (@_anggelaa) December 30, 2019
Twitter users have argued that there is a lot of similarity between Joe and Norman's villainy. While some people have said that Norman's behavior across the Psycho franchise is far terrifying, others have pointed out to Joe's sound mind during his killings that make him "worse". Whatever the case might be, there is no arguing that YOU is a terrifying series that sheds light on just how dangerous the stalking obsession of a person can be. Joe is similar to Norman in the sense that he is his own worst enemy, and the second season just went onto show just bad it can get for him.
Check out the tweets for yourself.
Norman Bates was that real deal psychopath killer, dude kept his dead mom in the house and was dressed up like her cleaning the house thinking he was her, Joe wasn’t on shit... #BatesMotel pic.twitter.com/GRz9YkxEAZ— BG712 (@712GANG) December 30, 2019
there’s a debate on who’s WORSE: norman bates or joe goldberg, and YEAH norman is crazy, but he’s like CRAZYCRAZY and blacks out and shit... joe does his shit out of his own free will. Joe is the alpha. joe would destroy norman in 2 seconds— bailey (@bvweatherall) December 30, 2019
Idk who hasn’t seen Bates Motel so I’m not going to say any spoilers but honey, Joe CANNOT COMPARE to Norman Bates. Both were bat shit crazy, yes, but Norman Bates was completely deranged and tbh maybe that’s why I’m not as into “You” as I hoped. Bates Motel set the bar so high. https://t.co/cpvibeD53w— athena (@athenafez) December 30, 2019
Bates Motel stans @ ppl who say that creep from you is in any way shape or form a better psychopath than norman fucking bates pic.twitter.com/7zENzLvIu9— shira / tms & bates (@alexIevys) December 30, 2019
Joe. At least Norman came to terms with who he was but Joe will murder your entire friend group and make himself into the victim. Wtf https://t.co/E4A7Utrx0V— Zongeh. (@armthony) December 30, 2019
Ok but Norman Bates lived in the house with his dead mother in basement. Was talking to her and everything like she was alive. He makes Joe look too sweet. Watch Bates Motel! https://t.co/wfZRtgeB0I— ً (@chinamone) December 30, 2019
SPOILER ALERT (if you haven’t watched Bates Motel)— ig: @kihmberlie (@kihmberlie) December 30, 2019
Norman killed his mother then turned her into his taxidermy project, preserved her body and kept her in the basement freezer with a tiara on her head. There’s no competition. https://t.co/6RqjtOhzjC
honeeeeyyyyyy if you have to ask you did not watch Bates Motel. makes Joe look like Willy fucking Wonka https://t.co/sKwmNMoYfZ— Lauren Michela 🌻 (@demaskingtape) December 30, 2019
Norman Bates is evil (just as Joe) but homie was blacking out BC of his disorder. Joe Goldberg was doing his dirt purposefully and in the “name of love” in his head. Joe would kill you and to momma and make himself the victim like you hurt him. Joe is far worse than Norm to ME pic.twitter.com/XaFvDeq1bw— Christopher Nolan’s protégé 💋 (@ieshadaboya) December 31, 2019