Netflix's hit show, You, put Penn Badgley in a terrifying new light, and there’s no going back. Best known for his work as loveable but dorky Dan Humphrey from the original Gossip Girl, Badgley plays Joe Goldberg (or is it Will Bettelheim?) in Netflix’s You – an obsessive stalker who sends chills down your spine.
Developed by Greg Berlanti and Sera Gamble, the wildly popular TV show, You, is based on bestselling books You and Hidden Bodies, written by Caroline Kepnes.
The psychological thriller was addictive as hell from Season 1, so it's no wonder Netflix is keen on giving us more and more. Season 2 gave us a deeper look into the life of our creepster anti-hero Joe, and served many twists, turns, curveballs and cliffhangers on the way.
Here's everything we know about You Season 3 from Netflix, including the Season 3 release date and what you can expect from this season, including new cast members.
It's going to be great. Intense and disturbing, but great.
Is ‘You’ Season 3 returning?
Damn straight it is. Last year, it was confirmed that You Season 3 was a done deal. And in August 2021, the account dropped a few brand-new teasers alongside a release date of October 15, 2021.
Also: this woman had better run.
Will the original ‘You’ cast be returning?
Yep! Penn Badgley and Victoria Pedretti will be returning to reprise their roles as Will/Joe and Love Quinn. There are a few characters from Season 1 and Season 2 who will not be returning, due to their characters being dead and all, but hey, no spoilers.
Who is joining the cast for ‘You’ Season 3?
There will also be over a dozen(!) new cast members joining for Season 3. You's Twitter account tweeted about the announcement, stating that "Joe and Love wolf new friends".
They also reminded the newcomers to the show that they should definitely set their accounts to private, because "joe loves to follow". True that.
Scott Speedman (Animal Kingdom), Shalita Grant (NCIS: New Orleans), and Travis Van Winkle (The Last Ship) were announced to be new series regulars for Season 3 in October, 2020.
We're particularly excited about the character played by Shalita Grant. She'll be playing Sherry, a locally famous "Mom-fluencer" who appears down to earth, but actually ends up a mean girl, only pretending to welcome Love into her social circle. Travis Van Winkle will play Cary, a wealthy self-proclaimed “Master of Self-Optimization” who invites Joe into his inner circle. Interesting…
According to Variety, joining the Season 3 cast will also be Saffron Burrows (who had a recurring role in the second season), Dylan Arnold and Tati Gabrielle. You'll recognise Tati Gabrielle from Uncharted and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Gabrielle will be playing Marienne, a smart, no-nonsense librarian who doesn’t let much get by her.
Among Season 3's guest stars will be Michaela McManus, Shannon Chan-Kent, Ben Mehl, Christopher O’Shea, Christopher Sean, Bryan Safi, Mackenzie Astin, Mauricio Lara, Ayelet Zurer, and Jack Fisher. A mighty line-up, to say the least.
Where can I watch the official trailer for 'You' Season 3?
When will ‘You’ Season 3 come to Australia?
The new series will drop on Netflix on October 15, 2021.
What can I expect from Season 3 of ‘You’?
Showrunner Sera Gamble has given us a few juicy tidbits about what we can expect from the third season. In January this year, Gamble told Cosmpolitan UK: "I will say that we have an idea for season three that is SO exciting that people talk about it in the [writers'] room every day."
You'll remember that the second season saw Joe Goldberg move from New York to Los Angeles to start over with a new identity, in an attempt to run away from his crimes in Season 1. Moving to LA, Joe meets Love: a woman that manages to match his horrific (and murderous) stalker level of intensity. With a host of new characters slated to join the show, plus the shocking twists at the ending of Season 2, it seems that Joe and Love are really in for some drama for this new season.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Gamble commented on *that* ending from Season 2, that really threw us all for a loop.
"I think to me, the most important thing about that last scene is just it is confirmation that Joe is still Joe," she said.
"In a way that's not going to be great for Joe." The ending of season 2 was designed to create "a much more suburban, insular world where Joe would be a complete fish out of water". We do see him peering at his next door neighbor, so maybe he'll be back to his ways sooner than we thought.
Whatever ends up happening, Badgley seems to think that Joe will never be content with what happens, on the basis that he's a serial killer and all.
"Joe is never going to be happy — because he’s a murderer," he told Vogue. "That’s where I feel like we all get a little lost, but actually it’s right there in front of you. He’s never going to be happy or accept anyone, end of story. And yet somehow it’s not the end of the story, and people keep watching." Yes we will, Penn.
Will there be more seasons of ‘You’?
That's the plan! In December, showrunner Sera Gamble hinted that plans to extend You past its third season was definitely on the cards.
"I am not scared at all of saying that we definitely could follow Joe for several more seasons," she told The Hollywood Reporter.
"Because we believe in the world that Caroline gave us and we believe in these characters, we just know they'll keep finding really fucked up shit to get into."
What have Penn Badgely and the other cast members been up to?
Penn Badgley is famously quiet on social media and stays out of the media as best he can (good for him), but in September 2020, his wife Domino Kirke announced on Instagram that the two had their first baby together! Between filming Season 3 of You, fatherhood, and avoiding questions about the Gossip Girl reboot, no doubt Badgley's been busy.
And as for Victoria Pedretti? She's been snatching up the coveted 'Most Frightened Performance' award at the 2021 MTV Movie and TV Awards for her iconic performance in another Netflix original, The Haunting of Bly Manor.