You (TV Series) – How it’s exploiting the psychological thriller genre

A psychological thriller focuses on the paranoid mental state of the characters. You (TV Series), an American psychological thriller series exhibits toxic and delusional obsession. The narrator Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley) is a New York bookstore clerk who craves love. When an aspiring writer, Guinevere Beck (Elizabeth Lail) enters into his shop, the audience discovers obsession in Joe’s eyes. He stalks her on social media, gets himself into her life by whatever means to build a relationship with her. Things soon develop into a trail of betrayal, murder, and self-deception.

The first meet: Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley) and Guinevere Beck (Elizabeth Lail)
The first meet: Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley) and Guinevere Beck (Elizabeth Lail)

In the finale of You season 1, Joe immured Beck in a soundproof basement beneath his bookstore when she locates a hidden box of the belongings of the victims he killed. Beck goes to the stairs when Joe opened the cage door by tricking him to believe she still loves him. But Paco (Luca Padovan) kept the door locked at the top, helping Joe because he killed the abusive boyfriend of Paco’s mother. Beck eventually dies. Joe buried Beck’s body at Dr. Nicky’s (John Stamos) house, who cured Beck of grief after her friend, Peach Salinger (Shay Mitchell) died. The therapist goes to detention. Beck’s manuscript becomes a success when Joe publishes it. Twist appeared when Candace (Ambry Childers), Joe’s ex-lover comes to him to settle some unfinished business. Joe is astonished because he believed that he had killed Candace in the past after discovering that she had cheated on him.

You (TV Series): Joe imprisoned Beck
You (TV Series): Joe imprisoned Beck

Love blooming in Los Angeles

At the beginning of the second season, we see Joe Goldberg moves to Los Angeles and starts over with a new identity. There he meets his new love interest Love Quinn (Victoria Pedretti), an avid chef. To make his relationship with Love prosper, Joe shows his old patterns of obsession and violence. The story took a dramatic turn when Love learns about the psychotic nature of Joe. Unlike Beck, Love kept loving and protecting Joe by all means even if it involves killing someone. As the story progresses, the character of Love gets as toxic as Joe is.

You (TV Series): Meet Love Quinn, Joe's new love interest
You (TV Series): Meet Love Quinn, Joe’s new love interest

In Season 2 when Joe locks Delilah (Carmela Zumbado) his neighbor and brief love interest who found out his murderous history, decides to let her out and to prove to himself that he is not the culprit he has been in the past. He sets a timer on the pair of handcuffs tied on Delilah so that once he escapes from LA, she will be freed. Unfortunately, he runs into Forty (Love’s twin brother) who wants his help with the script for his film adaptation of Beck’s book. Due to mismanagement of time, Joe finds Delilah dead in his cage and assumes that he is the killer.

Candace finds Joe and gets the keys to his storage cage. She manages to lock Joe in the cage along with Delilah, whom she assumes Joe killed. Candace calls Love to reveal the true nature of Joe. Love arrives and finally, Joe admits to his crimes. Devastated Love walks away, and Candace goes after her and in a shocking move, Love slashes Candace’s throat with a broken bottle.

You (TV Series) Season 2: Joe Met His Match – Danii Gold
You (TV Series): Joe pleads to Love to let him come out of the cage

You (TV Series) Season 2: The revelation

Joe is terrified when Love reveals that she has killed Delilah and Candace and Forty’s au-pair after she sexually abused him. She knows all about Joe’s past and justifies his murderous actions. She claims that she and Joe are soulmates.

Love framed Ellie (Jenna Ortega) for Henderson’s (a child molester) death but sets the Quinn family lawyer, who will diminish the case due to the lack of evidence and the fact that Ellie is a 15-year-old girl. The plan goes further like this – Delilah’s body will be found with a suicide note, revealing Henderson’s ugly side. Ellie will then walk away with settlement money that will provide her good life.

Joe convinces Love to let him out of the cage. When she does, he immediately tries to slash her throat with Delilah’s broken cuffs. Then, Love declares that she is pregnant with his child. Joe, surprised by the revelation, realizes he can’t kill her. He decides to spend his life with Love because of the baby. Forty (James Scully) rushes to warn Love after knowing Joe’s character. Love tries to stop Forty, when he points a gun at Joe’s head, by telling him that she is pregnant. Forty, however, didn’t change his mind. Joe closes his eyes, to accept his fate when Officer Fincher suddenly comes into the scene and kills Forty by shooting him.

All of the Unanswered Questions We Have After the You Season 2 Finale
You (TV Series): The mysterious neighbor

The new beginning

In the future, where we see Joe and Love moved to the California suburbs, Love is at an advanced stage of pregnancy. Joe can’t wait to meet his child, although he realizes that he is now living in a cage he built for himself. Then suddenly he sees a mysterious woman who lives on the other side of the fence and feels that his destiny works unpredictably. Thus leaving a hint that this new woman is likely to be Joe’s next love interest for season 3. The audience is expecting a creepier return with lots of twists and turns from the upcoming release.

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