Penn Badgley Reacts to the Biggest Twists From Season 2 of You: "The Ending's Perfect"
We thought Netflix's You couldn't get any crazier after season one, but the second chapter proved to be way wilder. Since season two's Dec. 26 release, people have been reacting to all the twists and turns the show takes, notably Love Quinn's (Victoria Pedretti) dark side that's akin to Joe Goldberg's (Penn Badgley) murderous ways. The two seem to be a match made in Joe's secret storage prison, and they even have a baby on the way. But, as the final scene reveals, Joe has his eyes set on another woman, despite having an ostensibly picture-perfect life with a pregnant Love.
Unsurprisingly, there are quite a few rumblings about the ending, some of which are coming from Badgley himself. The actor, who's been pretty outspoken about his disdain for Joe, recently chatted with Entertainment Weekly about Love's lethal ways. "With this one, it was actually a bit of a reveal for me," he said. "I was only able to get through the second season because I was like, 'Well at least they're made for each other in the end.' If I had gone through a second season knowing that anybody was going to die, it's hard."
Badgley even admitted that he wasn't initially a fan of how the season concludes, but that later changed. "When I found out where it was headed, I was kind of crestfallen because, just selfishly, I wanted there to be a more positive resolution," he explained. "But just like Beck dying in the first season, I realized that this was the most accurate, the most reflective of reality, the most responsible to be like, 'No, Joe doesn't get to have that.'"
The actor also believes his character is not only undeserving of romance, but doesn't even want it. "Joe is not actually looking for true love," he added. "He's not actually a person who just needs somebody who loves him. He's a murderer! He's a sociopath. He's abusive. He's delusional. And he's self-obsessed. You can't fool yourself into thinking that he just needs somebody who's right for him. Nobody's right for him! So actually, the ending's perfect. This is the way it has to be because he has an irrefutable problem and if it was just like, 'They were made for each other, all he needed to find was somebody who kills people too,' that's not justice. I think it's reflective of reality because I don't think people who kill are like, 'I just need somebody who can do the same.'"
So what comes next? Well, a season three of You seems very likely. And if the writers manage to make it as mind-blowing as the first two installments, then we're in for a truly frightening experience. In the meantime, close your blinds and trust no one.