‘You’ Season 2 Cast Is ‘Hill House’ Mashup We Didn’t Know We Needed

After initially meeting a tepid reception on Lifetime, the psychological thriller, You, became a huge success captivating a large fanbase on Netflix’s streaming platform.

You brings audiences inside the mind of the seemingly mild-mannered bookshop owner, Joe Goldberg, who becomes obsessed with aspiring writer Guinevere Beck.

Season 1, and yes there are spoilers ahead, brought viewers on twists and turns as audiences began to realize just how warped Joe’s mind really is. Several kidnappings and murders later, we’re left with the thrilling conclusion that leaves so many loose ends that we absolutely MUST watch season 2.

The premiere of season 2 is fast approaching, and fans are ready for it. It drops on Boxing Day, December 26th, and fans are wondering where the new episodes will lead. What will happen to Dr. Nicky? Will Joe’s mysterious ex-girlfriend Candace Stone return? Can Joe continue to evade all consequences for his crimes?

The teaser trailer gives few hints as to the new storyline, featuring only quick cycling shots of Joe and some new and returning characters. We can, however, glean some information via some exciting cast announcements and interviews with show creators. Most notable among the announcements is the casting of Victoria Pedretti.

Victoria Pedretti on the red carpet
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What do we know about Victoria Pedretti?

Victoria Pedretti is fairly new to the Hollywood scene, having been picked up almost immediately after finishing her studies. Originally from Pennsylvania, she graduated from Carnegie Mellon in her home state with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2017.

Shortly after she was cast as Nell Crain in The Haunting of Hill House. She then went on to make her big-screen debut as Lulu in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

Fans of Pedretti’s tragic character, Nell, in The Haunting of Hill House may have more than a few reasons to watch You’s Season 2, which will prominently feature her latest character, Love Quinn. One question on everyone’s mind will be: What kind of tragic end will Love Quinn meet, or perhaps, avoid?

A new love interest?

Wherever you go, there you are, and for You‘s lead character Joe, things are no different. Season 2 has him leaving New York City and heading for Los Angeles, another major metropolitan city perfect for a person like him to blend in and flying under the radar. There he makes a new connection with Pedretti’s character, Love Quinn.

Love will be quite different from Joe’s previous obsession, Beck, who met a tragic end by his hands in season 1. Love, unlike Beck, cares nothing for social media or status and is after genuine connection. 

Showrunner Sera Gamble tells Entertainment Weekly that Joe and Love’s relationship will be more platonic than romantic saying, “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.”

Is Gamble implying that Joe is done with his obsessive, stalking ways? Has he turned over a new leaf and finally pushed things too far, even by his own warped standards? This will remain to be seen as the season plays out.

And what of Joe’s mysterious ex-girlfriend Candace Stone? Is she alive or dead? Hallucination or reality? With Joe’s fractured mental state, it could go either way. If she is alive, it will be interesting to see how that dynamic plays out contrasted by Joe’s unique new relationship with Love, or if their stories will intersect at all. 

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Expect a darker show

Gamble also shares in interviews that season 2 of You is going to be darker than ever. In an interview, she told Us Weekly, “At least one scene comes to mind that’s gorier and scarier than anything we had in season 1. You will know it when you see it. Episode 2 of the season has my single favorite shot that I have been a part of in my entire career.

My career is full of blood and gore and monsters.” Horror fans take note, this psychological thriller may offer more than you expect.