YOU season 2 is on the way, but what can people expect from it? After airing in the U.S. on Lifetime for its first season, the psychological thriller found a much wider international audience when all 10 episodes dropped on Netflix in December 2018. Viewers were captivated by bookstore manager Joe Goldberg's sociopathic efforts to win over Beck - the target of his affections - with his internal monologue providing fascinating insight into his psyche as he killed and manipulated all who stood in his way.
Just as the last episode was winding down for YOU season 1's tragic ending, a bombshell twist was revealed as Candace, Joe's ex whom we had presumed dead, walks into his bookstore to confront him. It was a big moment as, until that point, the implication was that Joe had murdered Candace; in the book that the show is based on, a different woman named Amy walks in. Showrunner Sera Gamble created a curve-ball for everyone, not just those encountering the story for the first time.
Thankfully, YOU season 2 is currently in the works, and it'll carry on that mix of the source material of fresh perspective on the characters. But what can audiences expect from YOU season 2 and when it will premiere?
YOU Season 2 Is In The Works (For Netflix)
There will be a YOU season 2, but it won't be hitting Lifetime like YOU season 1 did. Despite greenlighting another season before the first had aired, Lifetime reneged on their decision. Instead, Sera Gamble and co-producer Greg Berlanti shopped the series to Netflix, who took the already done original season and have ordered a second second, which will be another 10 episodes. There is no release schedule as of yet, but it can be expected to release sometime in fall or winter 2019.
YOU Season 2's Story Takes Place In Los Angeles
In the second of the books YOU is based on, Joe and the story move away from New York to Los Angeles, and the show will follow suit. Gamble has said that the YOU TV show will continue to remix the novels, written by Caroline Kepnes, keeping the core while deviating in ways that are exciting and fresh. The crew had all set up in LA in November, so writing and shooting is now well underway for YOU season 2.
Some Of YOU's Original Cast Will Return
Joe's past will hang over him in YOU season 2. Not everybody in YOU bought the way things wrapped up for Joe, and there's a number of outside elements that are to be considered, including Peach's family, their private investigator Dr. Nicky (who Joe framed), and so on. And, of course, there's Candace, and whatever baggage she's bringing with her for Joe to handle.
There's been nothing definitive on exactly who will appear in YOU season 2 as Gamble and co. have been keen to keep everything under wraps, but one can expect a few familiar faces, like Ethan, the clerk of Joe's New York bookstore. A number of threads remain dangling, like the jar of urine Joe left behind at Peach's house, Dr. Nicky protesting for his innocence, and the general suspicion of just about anyone who was close with Joe and Beck's dysfunctional relationship.
Candace will no doubt provide the main thread, fleshing out Joe's past, revealing what happened between he and her, and why she's decided to reenter the picture. Between that and the change of scenery, audiences can expect Joe's circle to have a lot of new faces, which means a lot of potential victims when Joe feels threatened in YOU season 2.