'You' Season 2: Netflix Release Date, Spoilers, Cast, Trailer, and Theories
Lifetime’s You became a smash hit after moving to Netflix where new fans could binge through this guilty pleasure TV show. We’re already as obsessed with this series as Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley) was with Guinevere Beck (Elizabeth Lail), and we can barely wait for the You Season 2 release date.
Thankfully, there’s already a lot of info out there about You Season 2, including a release date window, plot details, returning cast members, and a few new confirmed characters. Here’s everything you need to know, along with a bit of speculation.
Spoilers for You Season 1 below.
What Happens at the End of You Season 1?
The series is based on Caroline Kepnes’ book of the same name and follows Joe, a bookstore manager who becomes obsessed with aspiring writer Beck after the two cross paths. He begins stalking her and the two do eventually get together, but it all ends in murder.
Yes, the first season ends with Joe killing Beck, which means she’s out of the picture.
But there’s another woman (back) in the picture. As the finale ends, Joe’s ex-girlfriend, Candace (Ambyr Childers), who could have been one of his victims, but, surprisingly, wasn’t, walks into his store. He’s surprised she’s alive, and she tells him they have unfinished business.
When Is the You Season 2 Release Date?
Lifetime originally renewed the series for a second season back in July before it even premiered. However, a month after the Season 1 finale, Deadline announced that Season 2 would be seen on Netflix.
“Season two didn’t work for [Lifetime’s] business model,” co-creator and co-showrunner Sera Gamble told Vulture. “This just feels like a really great story to tell with the Netflix model. It was always built to be extremely binge-able.”
The You Season 2 release date has yet to be announced, but considering that it was renewed in July it’s possible we could see new episodes as soon as this summer. Then again, it’s possible the shift from Lifetime to Netflix may have thrown off production. So try not to get too impatient.
When Will a Season 2 Trailer Be Released?
We don’t know. We should, at the very least, get a teaser when Netflix announces the Season 2 release date.
Netflix also tends to release trailers a few weeks to a month before dropping new episodes, so once we know the release date, we should be able to predict when we’ll see the full trailer.
What’s the Season 2 Plot?
While Gamble told Vulture that the move to Netflix won’t change the series, she acknowledged they won’t have to count their curse words and do have “wiggle room creatively” when it comes to episode length.
The second season will be based on Kepnes’ second novel, Hidden Bodies, but it won’t strictly follow the plot.
“There’s a lot of great story in the second book that we’re going to be able to do, but in our way,” the showrunner told TVLine.
Season 2 will take place in Los Angeles. There, he’ll find a new woman he’s interested in in Love Quinn, “an aspiring chef that isn’t into social media like his previous leading lady,” according to Deadline.
The new setting will be quite the change for Joe.
“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.
As for that Season 1 cliffhanger, don’t expect for Joe and Candace’s reunion to be a happy one. She’s not pleased with him, as their reunion hinted.
“Joe wasn’t very nice to her,” Gamble said to Vulture, “and she’s not feeling all that charitably toward Joe.”
Who Will Return for Season 2?
Obviously Badgley is back as Joe. We’re also going to see more of Candace, since the cliffhanger of Season 1 revealed she’s alive.
It’s unknown if John Stamos will return as Dr. Nicky, whom Joe framed for killing Beck, though there is still plenty of story left to tell with him.
“He is ardently protesting his innocence,” Gamble told THR.
Who’s New in You’s Season 2 Cast?
Love Quinn (Victoria Pedretti)
Victoria Pedretti (The Haunting of Hill House) will be playing this new woman in Joe’s life, according to Entertainment Weekly. The character is described as “working as a produce manager in a high-end grocery store,” “focused instead on leading an interesting life” rather than social media (Joe’s going to have to find a different way to stalk her), and “tending to a deep grief.”
You showrunner Sera Gamble told EW Love is “very very different” from Beck. “Like her name, she’s very warm and there is a carefree aspect to her spirit that really comes from the fact that she has constructed a life for herself that’s about being in the moment and doing what she loves every day,” she said.
“Love embodies the best of Los Angeles,” Gamble added. “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.”
There’s good news for the character: It doesn’t sound like she’s going to die like Beck did. “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,” the showrunner said.
Henderson (Chris D’Elia)
Chris D’Elia will recur as Henderson, according to Deadline. The character is described as “a designer-hoodie, black Ray-bans, expensive sneakers-wearing famous comedian with a ‘hard-life-lessons man-of-the-people’ thing working for him.”
Gabe (Charlie Barnett)
Charlie Barnett will recur as Gabe, Deadline reported. Gabe is described as “Love’s oldest friend and closest confident” and “a successful acupuncturist and psychedelics aficionado living L.A. life to the fullest.”
Forty Quinn (James Scully)
Forty is Love’s brother, who Deadline describes as “confident, opinionated and privileged” who oscillates between a “charming buddy” and “a razor-sharp bully.” He’s also in recovery for some sort of addiction and struggling with the 12-step program.
Ellie (Jenna Ortega)
The 16-year-old actor plays a new, young character who takes care of herself and does whatever is necessary to get by in LA. According to Deadline, “this includes working cons on the adults around her, including Joe Goldberg.”
Whether Joe and Ellie will be enemies, or could eventually team up, remains to be seen.
It may not sound like knowing Joe will end the same way for Love as it did for Beck, but does that mean those closest to her will survive as well?
You Season 1 is now streaming on Netflix.