Netflix has just renewed their Penn Badgley stalker series You for season 4 ahead of the premiere of the show’s third season, which is set to debut on October 15. You, which is based on the series of novels by Caroline Kepnes, follows Joe Goldberg (Badgley), a sociopath who falls in love with women and stalks them, leaving a trail of bodies in his path. The series originally ran for one season on the Lifetime network before being picked up by Netflix. You became a more or less immediate hit for the streamer.
Season 2 of You, which premiered in late 2019, followed Joe as he moved from New York City to Los Angeles. He indulged his stalker tendencies once again after meeting Love Quinn (Victoria Pedretti), a privileged heiress who proves herself more than a match for him. Like many series that premiered around that time, the follow-up season suffered heavy delays from the COVID-19 pandemic, but You season 3 wrapped production in April of this year.
Per Deadline, Netflix has already renewed You for a fourth season. Partially because it’s too early and partially because it might spoil the events of the third season, no casting announcements have been made yet. However, the one character fans can almost certainly count on returning is Joe Goldberg himself, because there is no You without him.
When it premieres, You season 3 will follow Joe and Love during their life as a newly married couple in suburbia. They have moved into the ironically named Northern California community of Madre Linda (which means “Beautiful Mother” in English), where Joe will attempt to curb Love’s killer instincts and embrace family life. Unfortunately for him, his next-door neighbor Natalie (Michaela McManus) has piqued his interest, but his usual stalking techniques won’t work under Love’s watchful eyes. Season 3 will also star Tati Gabrielle, Dylan Arnold, Shalita Grant, Travis Van Winkle, Bryan Safi, and Scott Speedman.
While the second season of You was based largely on the second novel, Hidden Bodies, the ending of the season took the story in an entirely new direction. Season 3 of the series will likely contain elements from the third novel, You Love Me, but it is largely looking to take the series in a completely different direction than the novels. However, season 4 may catch up with what those who read the novels are more familiar with, or else go the Game of Thrones route and further the show’s complete divergence from its source material.