Beware: spoilers below.
It didn’t take long for hit drama You to be renewed by Netflix for another spin around the stalker block—and now, the trailer for season four has arrived.
When we last saw him, our anti-hero Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley) had left quite the mess behind in Madre Linda, where he and his wife Love Quinn-Goldberg (Victoria Pedretti) escaped after having a rough go of it in Los Angeles. Joe ended season three by murdering Love, abandoning their infant son, and heading to Europe to stalk Marienne (Tati Gabrielle). Given the stakes, it was clear the series would have to return for a fourth season (before the third season even aired, Netflix made the announcement that there would indeed be more Joe Goldberg skulking around for a fourth time).
Read on for everything we know about You season four so far:
When will You season four be released?
Part one of the two-part season will air February 9, 2023 (just in time for a creepy Valentine’s Day watch), followed by part two out a month later, on March 9th.
Where will season four take place?
As mentioned, season three ended with Joe Goldberg killing his wife, (in his defense, it was self-defense) Love, setting their suburban Northern California home on fire, and making it look like a suicide. He also left his son, Henry, with his two neighbors who were looking to adopt (a decision which, for someone who was in the foster care system as a child, clearly weighed heavily on Joe’s mind). We later see him in a café looking for Marienne, the librarian and single mom he connected with (and did not kill!) in Madre Linda. After not being able to find her, he starts wandering the streets of Paris.
According to an update from the Netflix Twitter account, it looks like Joe’s next victims will not be of the French variety (and for that, we are thankful—because we really could not handle his pretentious voiceovers about the correct pronunciation of croissant). Instead, he’s heading to London, where he will probably inevitably have some sort of crisis about being the Millennial Jack the Ripper.
In the date announcement from Netflix, Joe reintroduces himself as Professor Jonathan Moore:
“Gone are the days of unrequited love and longing,” Joe says in a voiceover. “This time around, I’m focusing on academia and instruction, while keeping my typical extracurricular activities strictly professional. I made time to exchange ideas with like-minded colleagues. Unfortunately, with friends in high places, then usually come others attempting to climb that social ladder. So, they end up falling—or shall I say, pushed—to their social death. The question: by who?”
Who’s coming back?
It’s safe to say Joe will be returning for season four. Love, on the other hand, is dead, so there’s no way she’ll be returning—unless it’s in the form of flashbacks and dream sequences. Silicon Valley swingers Sherry and Cary Conrad (Shalita Grant and Travis Van Winkle) somehow survived being tortured in Joe and Love’s glass box of horrors underneath Love’s bakery, and, as a branded couple, they embark on a TEDx tour to talk about the importance of being a survivor and having open communication in a relationship, so it would be a delight to see them return (for us, obviously, not for Joe—it’s safe to say he probably never wants to see them again after that failed foursome).
Marienne made an escape, and the first trailer confirms that she’ll be back in London, running from Joe (and now sporting platinum blonde hair). Matthew and Theo Engler (Scott Speedman and Dylan Arnold) didn’t die either, so there’s always the chance that Theo might want to get revenge on Joe for what happened with Love. While we can’t confirm the return of those characters, the possibility is still out there—and of course, there’s always going to be someone new for Joe to become obsessed with and set his sights on for stalking, all the way across the pond.
Who’s new in the cast?
Lukas Gage arrives in season four, as a wealthy kid named Adam who is a little too interested in partying and not so good at pleasing his parents, and Charlotte Ritchie will play Kate, the daughter of a single mom and art gallery director. It’s also been reported that Tilly Keeper, Amy Leigh Hickman, and Ed Speleers will join the cast of You season four. Keeper plays Lady Phoebe, a socialite with a strong social media presence, and we already know how much that will irk Joe (remember Peach Salinger? RIP). Hickman plays Nadia, a student of literature with aspirations to be a serious novelist, so it’s likely that she will catch Joe’s eye (remember Beck? RIP). And Speleers will play a character named Rhys, a rags to riches author who is considering veering into politics after his memoir brought him great success. It’s looking like he and Joe might vibe at first—humble beginnings and such—but we all know how much Joe can’t stand competition. Some other newcomers will be recurring cast members, ranging from powerful entrepreneurs, privileged professors, backpackers, and aristocrats.
Netflix’s first look photos at season four, released on December 6th, show Joe teaching as a professor and having an intimate moment with Kate (Ritchie).
Charlotte Ritchie as Kate, Penn Badgley as Joe in You season 4
Penn Badgley as Joe in You season 4
Tilly Keeper as Lady Phoebe, Charlotte Ritchie as Kate in You season 4
Lukas Gage as Adam in You season 4
Is there a trailer for You season four?
The first full trailer for You season four dropped on January 9th, a month before part one of the season will premiere on Netflix. The clip shows Joe enjoying his new life in London, using his love of literature to successfully pose as a professor and living it up with his new group of elite friends, whom he calls “the most insane, damaged people on Earth.” He’s also desperately trying not to fall back into his old ways of stalking and obsession, but it seems he may not be able to help himself as scenes show him keeping a watchful eye on both Marienne and Kate (Ritchie).
Soon enough, Joe finds himself at the center of another murder case. Except this time, there may be another killer on the loose. Dubbed the “eat the rich” killer by the press, someone is taking out members of Joe’s privileged new friend group one by one.
Watch the first trailer for You season four, below:
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