Netflix releases Season 3 of “You”

Netflix releases Season 3 of You

After two years of anticipation, Netflix has dropped the third season of “You.”

“You” is one of the most popular Netflix originals. The show centers around Joe Goldberg and his love interests, who he stalks incessantly. Season 1 ended with Joe murdering his love interest to move to California where he met Love, the love interest of Season 2. The Season 2 finale revealed Love’s own obsessive tendencies and willingness to kill. Joe, now terrified, tries to leave her but is stopped when she reveals that she is pregnant.

Season 3 picks up with the now-married couple living in California suburb Madre Linda with new baby Henry. In the final scene of Season 2, it was revealed that Joe had gone back to his old obsessive tendencies this time surrounding his new neighbor. The first episode introduces her as Natalie and details Joe’s infatuation with her. This ultimately does not last long, as Natalie is killed by Love in the first episode.

The first episode is an immediate attention grabber, as the show wastes no time picking up what they left off. Season 3 continues to follow the disappearance of Natalie, which draws attention from national media. Both Joe and Love are introduced to new romantic interests, too. “You” does not seem to be a show that was meant to go beyond two seasons, as the introduction of a new love interest each season quickly becomes repetitive. The “plot twists” have become expected and just serve to muddy the plot more. A season focused on Love and Joe would have given the show the opportunity to take more unexpected twists and create something different from the last two seasons. Instead, Season 3 only highlights how formulaic the show is.

Joe’s character is perhaps the biggest disappointment of Season 3. Season 2 ended with Joe finding out that Love, like Joe, had little qualms about killing people to get what she wanted. However, Joe’s hypocrisy is shown when this disgusts him and he attempts to leave the relationship out of fear. Joe’s psyche leaves a lot to be explored, and Season 3 does little to explain his logic. While he explains that he views his own murders as necessary and Love’s as self-serving, the show does not explore this. The biggest appeal of the show has always been the narration by the man who is objectively the villain of the story. Joe Goldberg is the quintessential “antihero,” and the audience ends up rooting for him despite what he has done. Season 3 fails to elaborate on the premise that makes their show what it is.

What Season 3 does not lack, however, is social commentary. Sherry Conrad, a wealthy blogger, seems to be a commentary on the fakeness of social media. Natalie’s disappearance is also turned into a commentary about “missing white woman syndrome,” the title of Episode 3. This is only made more prevalent by the recent disappearance of Gabby Petito, one of the only true crime cases to have made national news in recent years. While the show had been filmed well before her case made the news, it only feels more relevant so recently after. The media was criticized for their focus on a missing white woman despite the hundreds of other missing people of color. Natalie’s disappearance is presented in the same way, with heavy media coverage and subsequent scrutiny of said coverage.

Ultimately, there was a lack of creative direction within the show and a repetitive plot line. Netflix has already signed a contract for Season 4, but it is unclear what direction the show will take. However, it does seem to imply that Joe will once again be moving somewhere to restart his life and escape his murderous past. While this is the exact same way the past three seasons have started, it is possible that “You” will discontinue its pattern of introducing new love interests and instead focus on Joe escaping his past. Hopefully Season 4 will subvert expectations and allow for the show to take a newer, less obvious path.