You (season 3)

Season 3
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Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes10
Original networkNetflix
Original releaseOctober 15, 2021 (2021-10-15)
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The third season of the American psychological thriller television series You was ordered by Netflix on January 14, 2020. It features the continuation of Joe Goldberg's fraught relationship with Love, who is pregnant with his child in a new suburban home. You series creators Greg Berlanti and Sera Gamble return as co-executive producers, and Gamble returns as showrunner. Penn Badgley, Victoria Pedretti and Saffron Burrows, who was upgraded to a series regular, reprise their roles. New cast members include Shalita Grant, Travis Van Winkle, Dylan Arnold, and Tati Gabrielle. Michaela McManus portrays Joe's new neighbor, shown at end of the second season. In December 2020, the production of the third season was suspended for two months due to the COVID-19 pandemic and resumed in February 2021.[1] The ten-episode season premiered on October 15, 2021.[2][3][4]


In the third season, Joe and Love are married and raising their newborn son, Henry, in the Californian suburb of Madre Linda. As their relationship dynamic takes a new turn, Joe continues to repeat the cycle of obsession with a burgeoning interest in Natalie, the next door neighbor. This time, Joe will flip the script to ensure that his dream of having the perfect family will not be torn away so easily by Love's compulsive actions.



  • Penn Badgley as Joe Goldberg, a serial killer who moves into a relatively quaint suburb with his wife[5]
  • Victoria Pedretti as Love Quinn-Goldberg, a serial killer and Joe's wife, and the only remaining heir of the Quinn family[5]
  • Saffron Burrows as Dottie Quinn, Love's grieving mother[5]
  • Tati Gabrielle as Marienne Bellamy, a no-nonsense librarian who struggles with personal problems while trying to create a better future for herself and her young child[5]
  • Shalita Grant as Sherry Conrad, a locally famous mom influencer, admired by her social media followers for her well crafted persona[6]
  • Travis Van Winkle as Cary Conrad, a wealthy, charismatic, and self-proclaimed founder who runs his own supplement company[6]
  • Dylan Arnold as Theo Engler, a college student with a strained relationship with his father and who suffers from addiction issues[5]


  • Scott Speedman as Matthew Engler, an affluent CEO, husband and withdrawn father who is reserved and at times mysterious[7]
  • Michaela McManus as Natalie Engler, Joe's next-door neighbor and new subject of obsession, who harbors a secretive life[5]
  • Shannon Chan-Kent as Kiki, a loyal member of Sherry's clique and a prominent life coach[5]
  • Ben Mehl as Dante Ferguson, a former war veteran now working as a librarian who tries to dedicate his time to his partner and two stepchildren[5]
  • Christopher O'Shea as Andrew Tucker, a fit stay-at-home dad and a close friend within Sherry's inner circle[5]
  • Christopher Sean as Brandon, Kiki's husband who formerly worked as a tech investor and is now a stay-at-home dad for their kids[5]
  • Bryan Safi as Jackson Newhall, Andrew's sardonic husband, a renowned tech attorney[5]
  • Mackenzie Astin as Gil Brigham, Anti-vaxxer, a friendly geology professor with a caring attitude for his students[5]
  • Terryn Westbrook as Margaret Brigham, Gil Brigham’s wife.
  • Ayelet Zurer as Dr. Chandra, an extremely curt but experienced couple's therapist with a perspicacious approach to addressing her patients' issues[5]
  • Jack Fisher as young Joe[5]
  • Marcia Cross as Jean, Matthew Engler's corporate lawyer[8]
  • Mauricio Lara as Paulie, a close friend of Joe in his formative years[5]
  • Scott Michael Foster as Ryan Goodwin, a local television reporter and well respected single father who overcame addiction, but conceals his own dark secrets from others[9]



No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
211"And They Lived Happily Ever After"Silver TreeSera Gamble & Mairin ReedOctober 15, 2021 (2021-10-15)
222"So I Married an Axe Murderer"Silver TreeNeil Reynolds & Kelli BreslinOctober 15, 2021 (2021-10-15)
233"Missing White Woman Syndrome"John ScottKara Lee Corthron & Justin W. LoOctober 15, 2021 (2021-10-15)
244"Hands Across Madre Linda"John ScottHillary Benefiel & Michael FoleyOctober 15, 2021 (2021-10-15)
255"Into the Woods"Silver TreeMairin Reed & Amanda Johnson-ZetterströmOctober 15, 2021 (2021-10-15)
266"W.O.M.B."Silver TreeKelli Breslin & Kara Lee CorthronOctober 15, 2021 (2021-10-15)
277"We're All Mad Here"Pete ChatmonJustin W. Lo & Amanda Johnson-ZetterströmOctober 15, 2021 (2021-10-15)
288"Swing and a Miss"Pete ChatmonAB Chao & Dylan CohenOctober 15, 2021 (2021-10-15)
299"Red Flag"Sasha AlexanderMichael Foley & Hillary BenefielOctober 15, 2021 (2021-10-15)
3010"What Is Love?"Silver TreeSera Gamble & Neil ReynoldsOctober 15, 2021 (2021-10-15)



Netflix confirmed that You was renewed for a 10-episode third season on January 14, 2020, approximately three weeks after the second season was released.[10][11][12] Prior to the official announcement, lead actor Penn Badgley accidentally let slip that there would be a third season during an Entertainment Tonight interview.[13] Production on the third season began in February 2020 but was later suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[14] Production resumed in November 2020.[10] Sera Gamble returned as showrunner and served as co-executive producer with series co-creator Greg Berlanti.[10]

The first two seasons were loosely based on the books You and Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes.[10] A third book written by Kepnes was published on April 6, 2021, but it is unclear the extent to which that novel's plot will inform You's third season.[3] When asked a question about the season following the plot of the third book in an interview with FilmInk, Gamble answered that "You'll be able to see the parallels when you read the book. But over the course of season two, Joe and Love went in a few directions different than Caroline's books. The longer a TV show exists alongside a book or a book series, the more it sort of diverges."[15]


For the third season, the series was awarded $7.2 million in tax credits by the state of California.[16] Filming for the third season began on November 2, 2020, and was originally scheduled to conclude in April 2021.[17][18] On December 31, 2020, production for the third season was suspended for two weeks due to a surge in the COVID-19 pandemic.[19] Filming resumed in February 2021 and ended in April 2021.[19][1][14][20]


Penn Badgley will return in the lead role of Joe Goldberg, and Victoria Pedretti will reprise her role as Love Quinn, Joe's girlfriend, who is pregnant with his child as the second season ends.[10] In October 2020, Travis Van Winkle and Shalita Grant were cast as series regulars and Scott Speedman was cast in a recurring role.[6][7][10][21] On November 18, 2020, Dylan Arnold and Tati Gabrielle were announced as new series regular cast members, and recurring guests Michaela McManus, Shannon Chan-Kent, Ben Mehl, Christopher O'Shea, Christopher Sean, Bryan Safi, Mackenzie Astin, Ayelet Zurer, Jack Fisher, and Mauricio Lara were also announced.[5] McManus will portray Joe's mysterious neighbor shown briefly at the end of the second season.[22] Saffron Burrows was promoted to series regular after appearing in a recurring role in the second season.[5] On January 25, 2021, Scott Michael Foster joined the cast in a recurring role for the third season.[9] On April 15, 2021, it was confirmed that John Stamos would not be returning in the third season.[23]


As part of a video and letter to its shareholders in April 2021, Netflix's co-chief executive officer and chief content officer, Ted Sarandos confirmed that the third season of You would premiere sometime in the fourth quarter of 2021.[2][24] On August 30, 2021, Netflix announced that the third season would premiere on October 15, 2021.[4] A teaser trailer was released that day that revealed the name of Love and Joe's baby, Henry.[25] On September 17, 2021, the official trailer for the third season was released.[26]


The third season received positive reviews from critics. On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the season holds a 96% approval rating with an average rating of 7.90/10 based on 45 reviews. The website's critics consensus reads, "You takes its thrilling saga to the suburbs with superb results, made all the more delicious by Penn Badgley and Victoria Pedretti's committed performances."[27] On Metacritic, the third season has a weighted average score of 77 out of 100, based on 13 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[28]

In a positive review of the third season, Clémence Michallon from The Independent wrote that, "With such an established fanbase, You could be resting on its laurels by now, endlessly recycling its initial premise without recreating the excitement of the beginning. Kudos, then, to the writers who have succeeded, exquisitely so, in taking it to new heights."[29] Cass Clarke from Comic Book Resources recommended the third season in her review by highlighting that, "Season 3 does a fine job at showcasing the vapidness of a Silicon Valley-like suburb, where neighbors are mostly concerned with intermittent fasting, drugs and updating their Instagram stories on the hour every hour", further praising the narrative, by adding that it "You's writing is at its best when Love is given a chance to outsmart Joe, as opposed to being just more fodder for him to play with and destroy. Without spoiling the bloody mayhem to come, the You Season 3 finale showcases Pedretti's most captivating performance to date."[30]

Brian Lowry from CNN praised the third season, stating that it is "continues the greatness of the first season and delivers a satisfying, bloody good time."[31] Kayla Cobb of Decider gave the third season a very positive review, writing: "You season 3 is a marital therapy session wrapped in murder, lies, and even more glass cages. Stick with it, and you will be rewarded beyond your wildest, blood-soaked dreams." She said further that, "The acting is stronger than ever, now that Badgley’s Joe has a worthy opponent, and you won’t be able to see the season’s big twists coming. No matter why you initially enjoyed You, you’re going to fall in love with this new season, and Love Quinn."[32]


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