• Dylyn C. S.

New Season, New 'YOU' - A Bloody Cake, A New Baby And A New Cast

The long-awaited Netflix original's third season follows you home this October!

After nearly two years of waiting with baited breath, we finally get to reunite with our favorite killer couple Love Quinn (Victoria Pedretti, The Haunting of Hill House) and Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley, Gossip Girl) just in time for Halloween with a new season of YOU. Following a mysterious post on Instagram with an invitation to Joe and Love's baby name reveal event on August 29, several short form chilling promos were released intent on teasing fans until the cake came together letting us know that baby Henry was on his way.

In a guise as cloyingly sweet as Joe’s antics, the eerie teaser shows shots of sugar crystals and sprinkles amidst blood and glistening red icing. The season two finale revealed Love’s pregnancy while Joe in his astute irritation at the people around him narrates the trailer; a tense father-to-be. In his usual cadence, Joe speaks of redeeming himself for the sake of his child, “...for you, I can change.” Haven’t we heard this before?

Sadly, we know all too well that Joe will be Joe, for better or worse. In his relationships and transgressions with Candace (Ambyr Childers, We Are What We Are), Beck, Love and now, his son, he’s clearly learned nothing at all. From the glint of his knife to the cake, the teaser drips dread from beginning to end and hints to us that there will be blood. In a potential callback to his own turbulent upbringing, Joe tells his son, “You will grow up in a house full of books,” before he finally reveals he's named the baby Henry, a name with literary significance inspired by his only true love, books. The teaser trailer ends starkly with a lingering shot of a freshly-sliced piece of cake. Between the trickling layers of blood-berry icing, we see the due date embossed red in the layers of the soft pastry.

As much as it pains me to say it, I have the most dreadful feeling this will be the final season of the series. Caroline Kepnes, creator and author of the series of books that the Netflix series is adapted from just published You Love Me in April. This is the third book in the series and with the announcement of the new season, I can’t help but feel spoiled by all the new content in the YOU universe this year. According to her bio on Twitter, Kepnes is currently writing a fourth book, which I’m dying to read. It has been shared that the new book sees a big change for Joe, who's "done with Love" and obsessing over someone else in true Joe fashion.

With this new season of the show, tragedy is inevitable, especially if it follows in the footsteps of the previous two. Given his sordid history and vile notions of love, there’s no way Joe is cut out for fatherhood. What’s more, I have a creeping suspicion he’ll traumatize Henry as he did Paco (Luca Padovan) in season one. With his incessantly hollow efforts to better himself, Joe proves time and time again to be incapable of change. The pattern of trauma and abuses cast on Joe by his father figure Mr. Mooney is something I believe Joe will mimic with Henry whether literally or in some other form ultimately creating the next iteration of himself. All we can do is wait and speculate as the season premiere closes in. Until then, I suggest revisiting the prior seasons, enjoying a nice 'Home Soda' and listening to audiobooks narrated by the thrilling and brilliant Santino Fontana (Impossible Monsters).

The third season also boasts several new cast members. Netflix announced in October 2020 that Travis Van Winkle (Friday the 13th) and Shalita Grant (Search Party, Santa Clarita Diet) had been cast as series regulars. Grant will play Sherry, a Mommy Influencer who appears down to earth, but is a mean girl at heart pretending to welcome Love into her social circle. Knowing Love, this won't end well for Sherry. Van Winkle will play Cary, a wealthy man who invites Joe into his social circle. Everyone is making friends and enemies this season. Netflix also tweeted an announcement that Scott Speedman (Underworld, The Moth Diaries) will appear in a recurring role playing Matthew, a successful CEO, husband and uncommunicative father.

In November 2020, Netflix announced that Dylan Arnold (Halloween, Halloween Kills) and Tati Gabrielle (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina) were cast as new series regulars and recurring guests Michaela McManus, Shannon Chan-Kent, Ben Mehl, Christopher O'Shea, Christopher Sean, Bryan Safi, Mackenzie Astin, Ayelet Zurer, Jack Fisher, and Mauricio Lara were also announced.

YOU will return for a 10-episode third season on Friday, October 15, 2021.