If you haven’t watched the season 2 of You, then you may not like reading this considering all of the spoilers.
Last season ended with a moment between Candace (Ambyr Childers) and Joe (Penn Badgley) where she tells him that they had some unfinished business to attend to, leaving a confused and slightly alarmed Joe. This season, we learn that he actually thought she was dead, having left her buried in the dirt somewhere after she tried to leave him. This means that Beck (Elizabeth Lail) wasn’t the first love interest of his that he killed, and while we already knew that he was a deranged killer, we can now definitively say that while he believes he is acting out of love, the moment the object of his desire goes bad in his eyes, they are also not safe.
Candace’s goal this season was to get Joe to see that he is evil, that he is the bad guy, and actually feel remorse for his actions. She doesn’t want to just send him to jail, or to kill him, she wants to break the very fragment that his sanity depends on. She wants to force him to see himself for what he really is, a damaged man who has done horrible deeds.
This season, Joe has moved to Los Angeles and after kidnapping the real Will Bettelheim (Robin Lord Taylor), a guy who can create fake i.ds, and new lives for people, Joe takes his name and keeps him in his own glass cage. This time though, Joe doesn’t want to kill Will. He wants to know that he can trust him, and strangely enough, despite knowing who Joe is, Will wants to be his friend and even after he has been set free and is living in the Philippines with his wife, he still lets Joe contact him. He sees the good in Joe, and believes that Joe is capable of making good choices and refraining from killing people.
Joe’s attention is drawn to Love Quinn (Victoria Pedretti), and while in the beginning, he doesn’t want this to turn into his obsession with Beck but when Love pursues him, he finds himself unable to deny her. Now, without delving into every single detail in this season, I want to point out that Joe really met his match in Love, because even when she finds out what he has done, who he is, instead of turning away from him in disgust, she kills for him– to protect him. As it turns out, she has killed before. When she was younger, she killed the au pair, Sofia, (Brooke Johnson) who Forty, her brother (James Scully), was with. In the end, Forty finds out who Joe really is, and what he is capable of, and turns against him in hopes of saving his sister but when his sister defends the man she loves, Forty tells her that she is crazy and aims a gun at Joe’s head. In a twist of fate, Officer Fincher (Danny Vasquez) shoots Forty, believing him to be the bad guy.
Let’s turn out attention to Love for a moment. As it turns out, she did what Joe usually does, she worked to make him fall in love with her, claiming that she saw who he really was almost immediately. She points out that while she was really looking at him, he only saw what he wanted to see, a perfect girl that he could protect and take care of. I liked Love’s character, even though she’s obviously crazy too, but I found her to be really interesting. Despite the fact that Candace didn’t survive to see the fruits of her labor, Joe did come to realize he was the bad guy. He had to confront himself in Love, and the way her actions made him feel. But Love is pregnant, and with that, Joe wants to make things work with her, for their child.
The season ends with Joe and Love living in a house somewhere amidst the suburbia, where Joe is spying on the neighbor next door, addressing her in a way that tells us that she will be the one he pursues in the coming season. My theory? Love won’t like that one bit and will either kill the woman, or try and kill Joe. I also believe that Joe will come across another child that he feels needs his protection, because that seems to be his go-to as well. However, I would like to see the kids of the previous season somehow make it to Joe, just because I want to see what comes of them.
I believe I said this about last season, but I enjoy this show because all of the characters are not simply one-dimensional. They are multi-faceted, with flaws mixing into the positive characteristics. While my opinion of Joe and Love is clear, that they are murderers who have found each other, there are still moments in which they are characters that people can find moments of themselves in; their sentiments, their need to protect and care for the people that they love. While most people wouldn’t go about this need the way that the two lovebirds do, it’s a need that can be understood to a certain extent.
Overall, I really enjoy watching this show and I like that the seasons are bite-size with only 10 episodes. Just enough to give us a good chunk of the overall story, but short enough that it doesn’t feel as though any of the points are being dragged on.
What did you guys think of the second season? Better than the first? The same as the first? Tell me down below! Also, if you haven’t had the chance yet, you can find my on instagram at @stardustandsilverlinings