It’s December 26 and the world its taking its next trip into the twisted mind of You‘s Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley). But according to a surprising source, it won’t be the last. Deadline reports that a third season of the Netflix series seems likely after You was awarded $7.213 million in tax credit by the state of California. The outlet explains that while a tax credit “does not guarantee a renewal,” it can help ensure one “as it makes a series more advantageous financially.” Below, everything we know about a potential third installment so far.
What are the chances of You season 3?
The show was among 16 series to be granted funding, per Deadline, including season 2 of Euphoria, HBO Max’s upcoming spinoff Grease: Rydell High, and Impeachment: American Crime Story, which will star Clive Owens as Bill Clinton.
Deadline notes that while a tax credit is not total assurance more You is coming, history proves it’s an incentive to renew. The outlet lists FX’s Snowfall as a recent example. That series was renewed five months after receiving an $8.83 million tax credit in 2017.
While Netflix typically waits at least a month after a new season launches before announcing another, the fan base for You is evident. In January, weeks after You‘s first season hit Netflix following its original run on Lifetime, the company made a rare move. They granted insight into the viewership stats for the show, with the official Netflix account tweeting, “Joe isn’t the only one watching: @YouNetflix is on track to be viewed by more than 40 million members in its first four weeks on Netflix!”
Who is involved?
While a third season is still completely hypothetical, the fate of season two’s cast is just as unknowable (considering Joe’s serial killer instincts and all). Many of the cast members joining Badgley for the second season center around his new target Love Quinn (Victoria Pedretti), including James Scully as Love’s brother, Jenna Ortega as a Los Angeles con artist, Charlie Barnett as Love’s best friend, and Magda Apanowicz as a woman from Joe’s past. Ambyr Childers also returns from season 1 as Joe’s ex, Candace.
What will it be about?
A third season would be more unpredictable than the previous two, which were based on Caroline Kepnes’ novel of the same name and its sequel, Hidden Bodies, respectively. However, another novel in the series isn’t totally out of the question. Three years ago, Kepnes responded to a fan inquiry about a third book on Goodreads, saying, “You’ll get more Joe eventually.”
Series co-creator and executive producer Sera Gamble has also weighed in on what season 3 would look like. She told Cosmo U.K., “Absolutely it could come back for season 3,” adding, “First of all, it’s up to the powers that be. We hope that a lot of people will watch the show and that it gets to continue.”
Gamble added, “I will say that we have an idea for season 3 that is SO exciting that people talk about it in the [writer’s] room every day. So my fingers are crossed…I’ll just say, I hope we get the chance to keep making the show.”
When will it be released?
Considering the second season has yet to air, there’s no official date for season 3. However, new episodes of the first season aired from September to October 2018 on Lifetime and the second season dropped on Netflix today, so a third season could feasibly air in fall or winter of 2020.