You: Season Two

Netflix’s original show has captured audience’s attention, but is the second season really all that?

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By Emily Hawkins, Editor

A Netflix Original Series based on Caroline Kepnes’ book, You follows the inner workings of the sick, yet somehow charming, mind of stalker Joe Goldberg (played by Penn Badgley) in the glamorous city of New York. His unhealthy obsession with young women prompts him to use his tech-savvy stalking skills to somehow entangle himself into their lives, eventually leading to heartbreak, abandonment, and murder.

In Season 1, we find our spellbinding little criminal engrossed in the ill-fated Beck (Elizabeth Lail). Throughout the season, Joe does all he can to put Beck in his future, while desperately trying to cover his past. He uncontrollably kills, lies, and steals in order to keep his love all to himself. When the season comes to a close, a cliffhanger comes about- implying the trouble ahead.

…there’s blood, there’s lies, and most importantly, there’s Joe, who blames all his actions on his twisted idea of love and protection.”

Season 2 puts Joe, now operating under the name Will, in the sunny city of Los Angeles, seeking refuge from the conflict he had left behind in NYC. But before you can even say creepy, he finds a woman named Love- a trust fund baby who finds her passion in the kitchen, pushing him into some toxic habits of his idea of “protection”.

“I won’t let this situation get bad,” Joe promises himself. “I’ve been through that.”

But the situation does get bad; there’s blood, there’s lies, and most importantly, there’s Joe, who blames all his actions on his twisted idea of love and protection. That’s what makes You so interesting- the viewer is forced to see things through Joe to the point where you’re almost rooting for him (sick, I know). Badgley does a phenomenal job in making Joe very sympathetic, deriving some humor in the fact that this loony psycho killer actually thinks he’s doing some good in the world.

Now, there is a twist with this new season, and I believe that, whatever is next, the mad pursuit of a passionate woman will seem to outweigh the deeds of a fervent man.