Warning: This submit accommodates main spoilers for You Season 3.
The explosive ending of You season 3 sees Penn Badgley’s Joe as soon as extra freed from his crimes – regardless of an more and more heinous rap sheet – however together with his soul mate Love (Victoria Pedretti) killed off after turning on him. It is a stunning flip of occasions that splits up the couple after a few of the greatest drama of the season noticed them negotiating the “security” of married, suburban life in addition to their darkish impulses. However eradicating Joe’s spouse (and son) in a single fell swoop does serve a function for the way forward for the present.
You season 3 is barely partly based mostly on Caroline Kepnes’ books, after the primary two seasons have been based mostly on her first two titles, You and Hidden Our bodies. As such, whereas there are components of the story tailored from third Joe Goldberg guide You Love Me, nearly all of the plot was invented for the Netflix present. The librarian storyline comes from the guide, however the destiny of Love is modified considerably: within the third guide, Vitoria Pedretti’s killer spouse is initially not concerned as a result of the Quinn household have paid Joe $4m to keep away from them, however she seems to attempt to precise revenge on him. Right here, after all, Love and Joe are considerably “fortunately” married, and it isn’t till the top when Joe’s new stalking sufferer is revealed that Love activates him and is killed.
In each instances, Love finally ends up dying, however within the guide it is by her personal hand (after she shoots Joe within the head) – so why did You season 3’s ending change the specifics of Love’s dying? And why was she killed within the first place? It comes right down to the chance to proceed Joe’s story into the newly introduced You season 4, which could not occur with Joe nonetheless tied to suburbia, and likewise suits with Joe’s darkness inside and the curse that he won’t ever be joyful. As revealed in You season 3, Joe’s evil manifests due to his “mommy points” (or so he claims) and his innate should be the saviour after he was pressured to kill his father to guard his mom. After she rejected him for what he did, Joe was ceaselessly cursed to chase the proper alternative to avoid wasting his victims – as an influence journey and a realization of the fantasy his mom robbed of him – and a secure, joyful ending with Love merely did not match that. To ensure that Joe’s story to proceed, in different phrases, Love needed to die in You season 3’s ending.
You season 3 goes a way into exploring Joe’s origin story in a brand new manner, giving him some perception into why he craves the ability over his victims that drives him, however stops wanting providing him the belief that he won’t ever be pleased with any of his “conquests”. As quickly because the chase is over, Joe will all the time develop into bored and look to his subsequent potential sufferer, who may nonetheless feed his saviour advanced from afar, with out the steadiness and mundanity of familiarity. Joe is not simply stalking ladies, he is stalking the joyful ending and the validation from his mom he feels he is due, and settling down destroys his alternative to do this, blunting his edge.
On prime of that, the truth of Love is nothing just like the fantasy he’d created in his personal head that had been fed by his want to avoid wasting her. As quickly as she revealed that she might be identical to him, he was repulsed, virtually killing her however selecting to not due to her shock reveal of her being pregnant. From there on, Joe was merely taking part in a task, performing to slot in and be what he thought he wanted to be to avoid wasting his son from changing into identical to him. However his fast infatuations with Natalie after which Marienne proved doubtless that it was all a lie hiding his true impulses. Now that Love has been faraway from the scene, Joe can proceed to chase what he won’t ever obtain: satisfaction in his “hunt”. Moreover, Love’s dying on the finish of You season 3 probably provides season 4 its antagonist, because the Quinn household are unlikely to permit his dying to go absolutely investigated, which can put them on a collision course in France when Joe Goldberg returns.