Alright, I am going to be honest; this show is not my favorite, but it is definitely entertaining. In December of 2019, season 2 of “You” came out and everyone started talking about it. I had never heard of this show until this year, so once I saw it all over the internet, I was interested to see what all the hype was about. Basically, what I gathered from all of the memes was that Joe is a creepy stalker who is willing to harm anyone who hurts the people he loves. I know I’m a little late to the game, since this show actually came out in 2018, but I decided to start watching it anyway! This show is based on a book with the same title, written by Caroline Kepnes. I had not heard of this book previously, but it came out in 2014.
If you have not watched seasons 1 and 2 of “You”, I would recommend watching it before reading this post. There are spoilers ahead!
This season takes place in sunny LA. Joe felt that he needed a “fresh start” after everything that happened in New York. Although he is running, he can’t seem to get away from his past. It continues to haunt him throughout the season. We come to find that he stole the identity of a man named Will, who he kept locked in “the cage” for part of the season. (I am going to continue to refer to him as Joe. Also I am going to refer to that thing as “the cage” because I am not really sure what it is).
At the end of season 1, Joe sees a woman walking through the bookstore only to find Candace standing right in front of him. I had assumed that he killed Candace, but then she started to pop up and I believe Joe was only imagining it. Then, we get to season 2 and find out that she is in fact alive, and she’s back to warn the Quinns. We were able to see that Joe did try to hurt Candace and when he thought that she had died, he buried her. Seeing Joe’s face when he saw that Candace was actually alive was priceless.
Joe gets a job at a store called Anavrin. He quickly spots a woman and one thing that ALWAYS gets me laughing is when we hear Joe say, “Hello, you”. While his narration is necessary, I also find it a bit annoying at times as well. He and Love immediately hit it off with their clear understanding of one another’s use of sarcasm.
I felt that this season, at least at first, just seemed like a complete repeat of season 1. It also seemed like each character from season 1 was simply replaced but the plot stayed the same. Beck replaced with Love, Paco with Ellie, Karen with Delilah, and so on. In my opinion, this season was not as entertaining until I got to episode 7. Once the characters started to figure Joe out, that is when it got interesting to me.
This season, Joe really seemed to want to do better and be a better person than he had been in the past. This was almost impossible, however, he did let Will go after locking him up, and he also planned on letting Delilah go. He did not harm as many people as last season either, which if I am honest, I think is what made this season a bit boring to me.
The way the audience feels about Joe is contradicting in that we are both rooting against and rooting for him at the same time. I found myself going back and forth a couple times during the season. Going back to season 1, Joe killed 4 people. In this season, he actually only killed 1 and it was (kind of) by mistake. Although I obviously know that he is crazy and unstable, there were moments where we would see a kind and caring man, rather than a psychotic serial killer. For example, the way that Joe cared about both Paco and Ellie was sweet, but this barely mattered when the crimes he was committing were atrocious. I also had to wonder if Paco reminded Joe of his younger self. I think that maybe he wanted to look after kids who seemed to be on a difficult path like himself at their age.
Throughout this season, we were able to see many flashbacks from Joe’s childhood whereas in season 1, I believe there were only a couple. This gave the audience some more insight to allow us to understand why Joe turned out the way he did. While it wasn’t a surprise, it was still upsetting to see his home life as a child. His mother was constantly in abusive relationships and she would always put Joe second. She would leave Joe without much care in the world, and this was heart breaking to see. Joe did not have someone to look up to, and he wasn’t loved the way a child should be loved. Joe was introduced to violence at an early age by watching his mother in these awful relationships, so it isn’t exactly surprising that Joe uses violence to solve his problems later in life. We ended up seeing that Joe, at 9 years old, shot his mother’s boyfriend. This led to Joe being sent to a group home for boys.
When Love explained her past marriage to Joe, and she mentioned that her husband got sick, my family and I actually thought that Love may have killed him. Something about her seemed off to us, and we ended up (almost) being right. While Love did not murder her husband, she did actually murder the family Au Pair for sexually abusing her brother, Forty. Love made it seem as if it was Forty who killed her (this flashback looked like a low budget horror film). Due to the family’s wealth they were able to get away with it, making it look like a suicide.
Love and her brother Forty had a unique relationship. They were very close, however the relationship was strained due to Forty’s drug addiction. Love was always the one looking out for him and taking care of him when he was struggling. The Quinn family was strange, to say the least. The parents were wealthy and they did not exactly have the best relationship with their kids, particularly with Love.
Candace (or Amy Adam) started dating Forty, who was unaware of Candace and Joe’s past relationship. It was clear she wanted him to get caught and pay for what he had done. Candace was able to warn Love about Joe and she told her everything from the fact that he tried to murder her, up to him killing Beck. This caused Love and Joe to break up, and they both “moved on”; Love with Milo and Joe with Delilah. The break up did not last long, and Love eventually forgave Joe for lying about his identity. I think that she didn’t want to believe that he murdered anyone. It was around this time that I realized that Love was not exactly sane either.
One night, Joe follows Ellie to Henderson’s house. While, again, his protecting of her is sweet in some ways, it is also creepy. He is concerned for her though, because he knows that Henderson was a child predator. Joe snuck into the house and watched as Henderson put something in Ellie’s drink. Joe threw something across the room to distract Henderson, and he was able to put a stronger dose of the same drug in Henderson’s drink. When Henderson wakes, Joe is somewhat interrogating him and trying to get him to admit that he has sexually assaulted young girls. Henderson eventually admits to this crime, but he tries to excuse the behavior by explaining that he was sexually abused by his stepfather when he was a kid. Henderson is able to escape and as he is running up the stairs, Joe tackles him. As Henderson falls down the stairs, he hits his head and dies.
Fincher, the police officer, calls Delilah when he realizes that Joe had murdered Henderson. He tries to warn her to stay away, but she doesn’t quite believe him. She ends up sneaking around Joe’s apartment to see if she can find anything suspicious, and she finds the keys to Joe’s storage unit. When Delilah goes to the storage unit where the cage is, I knew Joe was going to find her. After calling Fincher, Joe walks in to find Delilah in a panic. We then see Delilah wake up locked in the cage with a bandage on her forehead.
Joe asks Delilah to trust him, and he tells her that he is going to let her out. We see Joe buying a plane ticket so that he can escape before he lets Delilah out. Once the timer is up, the handcuffs will release Delilah and she can leave. Joe’s escape plan is almost ruined when Forty brings him to a hotel and keeps him there so they can work on the script for the movie that Forty wants to produce. The movie is based on the book that Beck wrote in season 1.
Forty and Joe end up at a bar, where Forty secretly put LSD in Joe’s drink. With both of them now on drugs, the rest of the night turns into a total blur. After Joe stops by Anavrin that night, he gets back to the hotel and heads to the bathroom. As he’s washing his hands, he looks down and sees blood all over them. He panics and wonders where else he went that night. He then speaks to Forty who also seems to be having an emotional breakdown. He walks over to him with a piece of glass in his hand, obviously intending on hurting him. Then, Forty talks about his guilt over killing the family Au Pair.
When Joe wakes up in the morning, he realizes that the timer on Delilah’s handcuffs is running out. He rushes back to the cage only to find Delilah lying in a pool of her own blood. When this happened, my family and I all tried to make a guess as to who killed Delilah. I guessed that it was Joe, which I know seems like it was the obvious first choice, but I’ll get to that in a minute. Other guesses included Milo and Forty. Joe goes around asking everyone where he went last night. He was worried about the fact that he had blood on his hands, and that he was out for around 3 hours before heading back to the hotel. Later, Ellie begins panicking when she realizes that Delilah may be missing.
Candace comes back and sneaks up on Joe to lock him in the cage. Candace texts Love to come to the storage unit and as they wait, Joe begins to think that this is what he deserves (which, he definitely does). Love shows up and is visibly upset, but she doesn’t believe that Joe killed Delilah. Although Joe doesn’t remember doing it, he admits that he murdered her. Love walks out only for Candace to follow her. Joe takes the spare key that he keeps hidden in the cage and he throws it so that he can’t get out. We then see that Love kills Candace, which actually surprised me.
When Joe finds that Love killed Candace and Delilah, Joe seemed shocked. It was clear that he didn’t really want to be with her anymore. Love tells Joe her plan to get Ellie in for questioning about Henderson’s murder. She would have the family lawyer to back Ellie up, and they would try to make it look as if Delilah’s murder was actually a suicide. Love lets Joe out only for him to begin to strangle her. Love quickly admits that she’s pregnant and Joe lets go. This really did surprise me, and at first I thought maybe she was only saying that so he wouldn’t hurt her. There are also some theories that the baby is not Joe’s which could possibly be true.
As the end of the last episode approaches, Love and Joe attend a friend’s wedding, where Joe starts to believe that he and Love are actually soul mates. He convinces himself that he loves her and that they should be together. He later meets up with Ellie and tells her that she should move away and he will send money for her.
After Forty comes back from speaking to Doctor Nicky, he is convinced that Joe is a murderer. He finds Love and tells her that she needs to stay away from him, but of course, she already knows the truth. As Forty holds a gun up to Joe’s head, Fincher rushes in and shoots Forty.
Some time has passed and now we see Joe and Love appear to be living a normal life. They bought a house in the LA suburbs, and Joe seems to be looking forward to meeting his daughter. All of a sudden, while he is sitting in his backyard, he hears a woman laughing. He takes a peek through the fence and sees a woman sitting in the sun with a stack of books next to her. Without even seeing her face, he is already trying to find a way to get close to her.
The end of this season was very different from the end of season 1. It almost looks like a happy ending. Although I knew a season 3 had been confirmed, I was still not expecting Joe to find a new “you”. So, I guess in season 3, Joe and Love are going to have a daughter and Joe is going to be sneaking around with his neighbor. I have no idea what the rest of the plot will be like, but I am going to be watching season 3 when it comes out!
Thank you for reading! Let me know if you enjoyed this season, and if you have any Netflix recommendations since we’re all stuck at home! leave me a comment below!