Entertainment Weekly
December 31, 2019 9:04 am
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Warning: This post contains spoilers from the entire second season of YOU.

Let’s say it one more time: spoilers! If you haven’t watched all of You‘s second season, read at your own risk. Now, let’s talk about Love! In You Season 2’s source material, Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes, Love (Victoria Pedretti) accepted Joe (Penn Badgley) for who he was and even went so far as to steal his mug of urine from the Salinger house to prove her loyalty. But in the series, she took things a step further, murdering both Delilah and Candace for the sake of her future (and family) with Joe.

Ironically, Love being a perfect counterpart for Joe is the thing that ruins their relationship, at least for him. “He falls deeply in love with a woman that he thinks is really meant for him and then she confirms, ‘Yes, I’m really meant for you, I am the same INCLUDING I’ll do anything for someone I love, up to and including murder if I have to.’ And then he recoils because she sleeps better at night than he does,” Gamble says. “That’s the fun of it. I think shows are the most fun to watch when you really do work hard to make sure that your main character has equals and that the other people you’re bringing into the story are truly besting them and they have to rise to the occasion of the next conflict.”

In terms of the next conflict, Joe has already found his next target by season’s end…and it’s not Love.

Speaking of Joe’s ending, the series once again deviated from its source material, Hidden Bodies, by NOT putting Joe in jail. At least not literally. “We actually talked about that ending for the season,” Gamble says. “But he is in jail at the end of the season, it’s just 73 and sunny with eco-conscious landscaping. It’s this very privileged enclave in the west side of Los Angeles but hell is other people and he is now deeply connected with this woman that he loved and then he found out who she really was and now he doesn’t know how to be okay with that.”

Although the series has yet to be renewed for a third season, Gamble says there’s a lot left to explore.

This story originally appeared on EW.com by Samantha Highfill.

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