© Netflix.'YOU' has become one of Netflix's most popular series, so here's everything we know so far about season 3 and its potential plot points.
Warning: This article contains spoilers for the first and second seasons of Netflix's YOU.
If you're addicted to Netflix's thriller series YOU (and have been left with much to think about after starting to watch the second season), you're definitely not alone.
The show, which stars Gossip Girl's Penn Badgley, kicked off its first season by following bookstore owner/serial killer Joe Goldberg and his obsessive pursuits of two women-writer Guinevere Beck in season one, and aspiring chef Love Quinn in season two.
It's since become one of Netflix's most popular shows, making for addictive, if pretty damn bleak, viewing.
In case you didn't know, the series was based on the novel of the same name by author Caroline Kepnes, and its sequel, Hidden Bodies, was the template for the second season.
Following the release of season two, down for everything we know so far about the third season of YOU, which was officially announced by Netflix in January 2020.
Will there be a third season of 'YOU'?
Just under a month after YOU's second season dropped on Netflix, a third season was confirmed by the streaming service in January 2020, with a short teaser clip posted to Twitter. Though many expected a third season was on the cards, fans had to wait for an official confirmation before they could get excited.
In mid-December 2019, Deadline reported that the show had been awarded a U.S. $7.2 million tax credit by the state of California. Deadline pointed out that this substantial financial allocation meant a third season was almost certainly on the cards, so this announcement doesn't come as much of a shock.
In addition, the show's executive producer, Sera Gamble, has hinted at plenty of major plot points for the third season (which are all under wraps, of course).
In a January 2019 interview with Cosmopolitan U.K., Gamble said: "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 every day.
"So my fingers are crossed... I'll just say, I hope we get the chance to keep making the show."
In saying this, she added that the potential for a third season is "up to the powers that be. We hope that a lot of people will watch the show and that it gets to continue".
The suspense is killing us (pun most definitely intended). © Provided by Bauer Media Pty LtdNetflix/IMDb.
What will be the plot of 'YOU' season three?
When YOU season three officially hits our screens, the plot could go in a million different directions.
There's a big problem with predicting the events of the third season, however, and that's that fans can't look to the books by Caroline Kepnes to predict what'll happen.
The plotlines of YOU's first and second seasons relied heavily on Kepnes' first two novels, even if there were some discrepancies (for example, Candace was dead in the books, and she's alive on the show). © Provided by Bauer Media Pty LtdCandace, who was thought to be dead, was revealed to be alive in the final episode of YOU's first season.
Therefore, the third season of YOU-with no accompanying book to go off-ventures into uncharted territory.
In a Q&A session on GoodReads.com, Kepnes revealed that she'll release a new instalment in the series, after she finishes another unrelated novel. In response to a reader asking if a third book was on the horizon, Kepnes wrote: "Eventually. As you know, Joe has a way of surviving. :)"
But with the season two finale depicting Joe settling into a new life as a father with Love, season three looks to be picking up from there, according to showrunner Sera Gamble. Speaking to THR, she announced that each season will be in a different place-season one in New York, season two in LA and season three is headed to the suburbs.
"We are evoking where we would like to go, which is to a much more suburban, insular world where Joe would be a complete fish out of water," she said. "And now Love occupies a very different place because she is the mother of his child but also not the woman he thought she was."
"I can't say that we know exactly what a season three would be, but I can say things won't go well for Joe."
Who Is Cast in Season three of 'You'?
As we already know Love (Victoria Perdetti) and Joe (Penn Badgley) will continue to star in their lead roles for the series. And unless Love has chosen to abandon her friends in her new life in the suburbs, it looks likely that they'll return, with Sunrise (Melanie Field), Lucy (Marielle Scott), Gabe (Charlie Barnett) and Ellie (Jenna Ortega) all surviving the shock ending of season two.
On October 18, Netflix sources have announced that two new faces, Shalita Grant and Travis VanWinkle, will be joining the cast.
Grant will play the character of Sherry, a "mom-fluencer who appears down to earth but is actually a mean girl who only pretends to welcome Love into her social circle." While VanWinkle will take on the role of Cary, who "invites Joe [Penn Badgley] into his inner circle."
When will 'YOU' season three be released?
The first season of YOU was released on U.S. network Lifetime in September 2018, before it was acquired by Netflix. The second season hit screens on December 26, 2019, just over a year after the first season wrapped.
Given the expected delays in production due to the coronavirus pandemic, we're hoping to expect to see a third season of YOU before the end of 2021. (Here's hoping.)