Netflix’s ‘You’ Season 4 Finale Recap: Joe Is Back

Proper from the outset, season 4 of You appeared prefer it was taking us in an apparent course. It was a full-on redemptive character journey. Joe Goldberg, the baseball-cap sporting stalker librarian, was by no means going to cut up one other useless particular person — no less than, one who died by his hand — ever once more. After his a number of “heartbreaks,” he was strolling a brand new, much less poisonous path.

After which season 4 pulled the rug out from underneath us. Season 4, half two, to be precise. It took its candy time — You needed to fulfill its Netflix 10-hour length obligation — however season 4 spun these tables. First, it gave Joe an opportunity, through European vacation, to course right. He had an opportunity to be much less problematic, to make up for his sordid historical past. However then season 4 confirmed Joe — and us — the reality.

He is a killer and by no means will not be a killer. Rhys Montrose — a Tyler Durden alter ego, not a bodily actual Oxonian author — is Joe Goldberg. In a considerably hilarious flashback revelation, we see what was actually occurring when Joe was having conversations with Rhys. Actually, Joe was muttering to himself whereas discreetly glancing sideways once in a while. Typically at precise dinner events with a number of folks round! On condition that Joe often disappears into lengthy pauses in conversations (when he is telling us in voiceover what his actual opinion of individuals is), the Rhys hallucination is form of a believable Joe factor to make up.

Penn Badgley as Joe and Ed Speelers as Joe — *cough* — Rhys.


It results in a crossroads for Joe. He can both reject Rhys, the manifestation of his darkish aspect, and proceed making an attempt to not slide knives into folks’s chests. Or he may be sincere with himself and settle for who he’s. It does not imply he cannot additionally do the suitable factor and assist change the world — being in an influence couple with wealthy heiress Kate Galvin supplies loads of sources. It simply means he would possibly often succumb to an impulse to strangulate, maim, assault and entrap.

Credit score to Joe, he chooses the previous possibility first. He jumps off the aspect of a bridge in an try to finish Rhys and his personal evil doings. However then he is given a second probability. He awakens within the hospital after a miraculous rescue. Kate guarantees she will settle for all of him — each his Joe aspect and his Rhys aspect — and makes a proposition: She’ll assist him keep “good” so long as he reciprocates and helps her keep “good.”

So it is a barely extra well-intentioned relationship for Joe heading into a possible fifth season. General, season 4 had its ups and downs, true to its rollercoaster design. Earlier than the juicy twists arrived within the tail finish, half one in all season 4 felt somewhat painfully lengthy. That a lot display time with the obscenely wealthy royal adjoining mates and colleagues of Kate Galvin was sufficient. However this alternative, this character choice to have Joe embrace his inside demon appears — perversely — to be a clever one. It makes the journey price it.

Joe would not go down the Killing Eve Villanelle route, for instance, the route of one other psychotic killer who grows a conscience, who loses her enjoyable, attention-grabbing panache within the title of affection. As an alternative, Joe lands in his true kind. Sure, he most likely should not be the web’s weirdly enticing killer boyfriend. However no less than we do not have to attempt to forgive somebody who’s killed a number of younger ladies. Possibly season 5 will see Joe grasp his killing intuition and use it solely on the deserving, Dexter-style.

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