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

Proper from the outset, season 4 of You regarded prefer it was taking us in an apparent course. It was a full-on redemptive character journey. Joe Goldberg, the baseball-cap carrying stalker librarian, was by no means going to cut up one other useless individual — a minimum of, 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 actual. 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 appropriate. 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 taking place 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! Provided 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 sort of a believable Joe factor to make up.

Penn Badgley as Joe Goldberg and Ed Speleers as Rhys, standing next to each other in a large room with dotted lights across the arched ceiling

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 facet, and proceed attempting to not slide knives into folks’s chests. Or he might be trustworthy with himself and settle for who he’s. It does not imply he cannot additionally do the best factor and assist change the world — being in an influence couple with wealthy heiress Kate Galvin offers loads of sources. It simply means he would possibly sometimes succumb to an impulse to strangulate, maim, assault and entrap.

Credit score to Joe, he chooses the previous choice first. He jumps off the facet 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 facet and his Rhys facet — 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 among 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 selection, this character determination to have Joe embrace his internal demon appears — perversely — to be a clever one. It makes the journey value 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, fascinating panache within the identify of affection. As a substitute, Joe lands in his true type. Sure, he in all probability should not be the web’s weirdly engaging killer boyfriend. However a minimum of we do not have to attempt to forgive somebody who’s killed a bunch of younger girls. Perhaps season 5 will see Joe grasp his killing intuition and use it solely on the deserving, Dexter-style.

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