‘You’ Season 2 Was Just Released On Netflix — Here’s What to Expect

You Season 2 was just released on Netflix, which means fans of the psychological thriller have new episodes to catch up on. But with the dramatic end of Season 1 fresh in viewers’ minds, it’s not entirely clear what the future holds for Penn Badgley’s Joe. Will the obsessive turn a new leaf in a new city, or is he bound to end up committing more atrocities in the name of misguided love? (Warning: potential spoilers ahead for Season 1 of You.)

A brief Season 1 recap 

Penn Badgley discusses 'You'
Penn Badgley discusses ‘You’ | Roy Rochlin/Getty Images

Season 1 of You ended on a shocking note, to say the least. But before we get into how the season ended, let’s do a quick recap of Joe’s obsessive, murderous path through Season 1. Fans will remember bookstore manager Joe meeting his love, Guinevere Beck, an aspiring writer living in New York.

Joe rapidly becomes obsessed with Beck, and decides that he’ll do whatever it takes in order to remove any obstacles between them. Inevitably, this results in murder. Joe discovers that Beck has a friends-with-benefits situation going on with a man named Benji. 

Joe winds up trapping Benji in a soundproof room below his bookstore, and then poisoning the peanut adverse character with a latte mixed with peanut oil. However, Benji wasn’t the only obstacle in the picture. 

Beck also had a possessive best friend named Peach, who like Joe, also harbored feelings for Beck. Naturally, she had to go as well. Joe eventually bludgeoned and shot Peach to death. He began to grow closer to Beck, but she soon discovered Benji’s teeth and phone, among other objects, which tipped her off. 

Joe trapped Beck in his soundproof room as well, but she convinced Joe they could set up a plan framing Beck’s therapist for Joe’s murders. Joe believed her, and Beck tried to escape, attacking Joe. Before she could get away, Joe finished the job. 

Just before the season ends, Joe’s store’s bell rings, and in steps his ex-girlfriend, Candace, who viewers assumed was dead. Talk about a cliffhanger.

What the ‘You’ Season 2 trailer tells us 

While the trailer for Season 2 doesn’t give fans of You too many details to work with, it is enough to whet their appetites. From the trailer, we know that Joe has relocated from New York to Los Angeles. 

While Los Angeles is gritty in its own way, it’s also sunny and open in a way that New York isn’t. That means fans can probably expect a big change in atmosphere between Season 1 and Season 2. Whether or not that means we’ll see a change in Joe’s behavior remains to be seen.

The trailer shows Joe walking around Los Angeles, having renamed himself Will Bettelheim. We also see Joe meeting a young woman, Love, as well as her brother, Forty. Forty asks Joe, “What are your intentions with my sister?” Don’t become an obstacle, Forty. 

Meanwhile, we also see Joe has what looks like a private self-storage unit in a storage complex — okay, already creepy, so what’s going to go down in there? We also see Candace isn’t going to leave Joe alone.

She asks Joe, “You did it again, didn’t you?” We also hear her telling someone, “If he loves you, that’s the most dangerous thing.”

We catch a scene of Joe’s hands covered in blood, him wielding a large knife, and picking up a cracked piece of a glass ashtray, assumedly to use as a weapon. And we see the soundproofed room again. 

Who is Joe’s new obsession?

Elizabeth Lail, Penn Badgley and Shay Mitchell attend the 'You' Series Premiere Celebration
Elizabeth Lail, Penn Badgley and Shay Mitchell attend the ‘You’ Series Premiere Celebration | Mike Pont/Getty Images for A+E

We also know that You Season 2 features a woman named Love Quinn, an aspiring chef working in the produce department of a grocery store. 

Sera Gamble told Entertainment Weekly, “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.” 

Gamble went on to add, “I will say that Love is a person he could only have met after what happened between him and Beck. 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.”