‘You’ Season 3: Filming, Release Date, Plus What’s In Store for Netflix Series

Netflix’s favorite creeper, Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley), is watching and waiting as the third season of You stands ready to begin production. While no one is saying what the hook of the third season will be, it is known that the female lead of season 2, Victoria Pedretti, will be returning. 

That means You won’t turn into a riff on “which girl is Joe going to stalk this season?” While there will certainly be new faces, the show doesn’t seem to be content to turn into a romance novel version of Showtime’s serial killer series, Dexter.

‘You’ wasn’t really a Netflix original

Penn Badgley on set.
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Most people know You as a Netflix show, and that’s true in that it is a show that airs on Netflix. However, it did not start as a Netflix original specifically produced for the streaming giant like Ozark or House of Cards.  It was a show acquired by Netflix, where most people first laid eyes on it. 

In fact, You first appeared on Lifetime in 2018, but few people paid much attention to it at first, despite the fact that the show had experienced producers behind it. One of them was Greg Berlanti, who is best known for the Arrowverse shows on the CW, including The Flash, Supergirl, and of course, Arrow

One of the few people who caught it on Lifetime, a fan named Ashley Thomas, was quoted by the Chicago Tribune as saying, You didn’t discover it. It was on Lifetime for 10 weeks. Stop telling me to watch a show I already watched weeks ago.” By that time were hooked on the romantic entanglements  of Joe and Beck, played by Elizabeth Lail, who first gained attention as Princess Anna of Frozen on the ABC series Once Upon a Time

What can fans expect for season 3?

Fans were aghast when Joe’s pursuit of Beck turned from obsessive to savage, with Joe dispatching Beck after imprisoning her in his secret lair. The second season upped the ante with Joe moving from New York to Los Angeles to escape his shady past. He hooks up with a new love interest, with the on-the-nose name of Love Quinn. 

As with Beck, the relationship with Love quickly gets hot and heavy quickly, with the twist that she could get as devious as he could. Season 2 ended after she found out she was pregnant with Joe’s baby …. supposedly, anyway. With You, one can never tell for sure.

It’s also hard to know exactly when You will be back – like seemingly every Hollywood production, You was stalled by the pandemic. According to Screen Rant, however, production is set to resume next month, with season 3 airing sometime in 2021. 

Producer Sera Gamble told Cosmopolitan UK: “I will say that we have an idea for season three that is SO exciting that people talk about it in the [writer’s] room everyday. So my fingers are crossed.” Now, apparently, the fingers are uncrossed, except for the hope that the pandemic doesn’t cause even more delays. 

What has been the impact of ‘You?’

You became notable by becoming a high-profile example of a show that started somewhere else and struggled to gain attention until Netflix started airing it. Granted, Netflix isn’t a guarantee of success – for every Orange is the New Black, there’s a Spinning Out that just doesn’t catch fire. But You did, likely helped by the rise of the “Me Too” movement and increasing awareness of the pitfalls of social media. 

Badgley himself told the Tribune, There is no sense of bewilderment that the show had one reaction while it was on Lifetime and another when it went to Netflix. The difference in viewership is obvious, and it’s indicative of so many different things, not the least of which is the way young people consume media.”