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You Season 3: Everything You Need to Know

The writers already know what Joe Goldberg does next.

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Now that You Season 2 is officially on Netflix, we're track the news regarding a third season of the creepy show. The streaming giant has already confirmed another installment of its hit series is on the way. Here's what we know so far about the next potential chapter of Joe Goldberg's story.

Season 3 will arrive in 2021.

You has been renewed for a third season consisting of 10 episodes, Netflix announced on January 14.

The announcement arrives weeks after Penn Badgley, who stars as lead Joe Goldberg, seemingly let the news slip in an interview with Entertainment Tonight.

When asked about the development of Love's character, Badgley said, "Dare I say, I think in the third season..." And as soon as he realized what he'd said, Badgley threw his head back, and tried to backtrack by saying, "I literally know nothing about the third season."

When the interviewer pressed the Gossip Girl star on whether more You would be coming to Netflix, Badgley squirmed, "Technically I can’t… I mean, like, unofficially." It seems we have an answer!

Penn Badgley and Victoria Pedretti are coming back.

Netflix confirmed that Badgley (Joe) and Pedretti, who was introduced in Season 2 as Love Quinn, are confirmed to reprise their roles in Season 3. The rest of the cast will be announced at a later date.

You's co-creators Sera Gamble, who is also the showrunner, and Greg Berlanti, are returning as executive producers too.

Season 3 would shoot in California.

While Season 1 was all about New York, Season 2 saw Joe head to California, and it looks like he's sticking around. As reported by Deadline, a potential third season of You was awarded $7.213 million in the latest round of California tax credits recipients. While this isn't a definitely renewal, it means that the production company is eyeing the location, and getting finances in place. Basically, it's looking very promising right now.

The writers have an idea for Season 3.

One of You's executive producers, Sera Gamble, is hopeful that the show will be back. She told Cosmopolitan UK, "Absolutely it could come back for Season 3... First of all, it's up to the powers that be. We hope that a lot of people will watch the show and that it gets to continue."

She continued, "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... I'll just say, I hope we get the chance to keep making the show."

One writer is interested in exploring the story of Love's mom.

You showrunner Sera Gamble spoke to Entertainment Weekly about the ending of Season 2, and although she didn't confirm whether Season 3 is in the works, she did drop hints of what she'd want to explore if the show continues.

"The stakes are pretty high. I have so many questions about Love’s mother who’s incredibly in the picture at the end of the season, like how much she really knows about her children," Gamble told EW. "We wrote [the finale] hoping that we will get the opportunity to tell more story because we’re really excited with the seeds planted at the end of season 2."

Saffron Burrows as Love Quinn's mother in You Season 2.
Saffron Burrows as Love Quinn’s mother in You Season 2.
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Those seeds are, of course, (SPOILER ALERT!) the revelations that Love is a killer like Joe, that she's pregnant with his child, and that when they move in together, Joe begins to get fixated on the neighbor. How would Mrs. Quinn react if she knew the truth about her daughter's past? She already has a rocky relationship with Love, as we learn in Season 2; where could their story go next?

The author is writing more sequels.

While Season 1 of You was based on Caroline Kepnes' novel of the same name, Season 2 draws from the sequel, Hidden Bodies.

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As yet, there aren't any more Joe Goldberg books, but there could be soon. Kepnes' Twitter bio cleverly states, "Yes, I’m writing a third Joe book. And a fourth. No, I’m not done yet." So watch this space.

Kepnes told i News in September 2019 that in the third book, Joe decides to move to a small island: "He moves there for love reasons, for the greater good. But then he discovers there are no murders because they’re all too co-dependent. It was an exciting challenge to figure out how to kill people in a place where there’s so much intimacy in the community."

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