The last episode of Season 2 hinted that Joe’s tricks were set to continue in You Season 3. Some poor, unsuspecting woman was set to become the victim of the creepiest stalker who doesn’t reside on Twitter. While this new season still relies on the tricks that worked in the past, it also steps outside of the comfort zone more often than not.
There’s a new dynamic at play in You Season 3. Love knows all about Joe’s obsessive nature and has her eye on what he does. Considering she’s as dangerous as him and they know have a baby together, there’s the potential for real combustion to take place. Yet, when you think the show is about to go left, it shimmies and turns right, leaving you gobsmacked by what you’ve seen.
It would’ve been all too easy for You Season 3 to replicate what worked in the previous seasons and have Joe dodging Love the entire time while he stalks his latest target. That would’ve been the obvious choice that most viewers would expect. However, this new season does something more: it explores how damaged both Joe and Love are, without giving justification to their wicked behaviour. It showcases how events in their past have led them to what they do in the present, but it doesn’t fall into the trap of making them victims of circumstance.
Like before, you spend the bulk of the season looking at the world through both Joe and Love’s eyes. You feel slightly dirty when you root for them to get out of a predicament that they deserve to be in, especially since they’ll do something equally repulsive in the next breath. Once again, the writers do a fantastic job of making the villains the heroes of their story here.
You Season 3’s new faces, such as Sherry and Theo, are also great additions to the cast. Unlike some of the previous seasons’ characters that felt paper-thin and unoriginal, they create interesting subplots and develop as the season goes on. More importantly, they add to the morally ambiguous nature of the show, as you’ll find your feelings about them switching throughout.
Of course, the big question is: should you watch You Season 3? If you’ve been following the show so far, absolutely. These new episodes take us deeper into the web of lies and malice that Joe and Love have created for themselves. There’s something about this toxic relationship and you just can’t look away from it. And if you haven’t started You yet, what’s taking you so long?