Review: You


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THE MESS CONTINUES: Netflix releases the third and newest season of series ‘You’ with even more chaos.

Simona Stanina, Opinion Editor

The newest season of the Netflix series You came out Oct. 15 and couldn’t have psychological thriller fans more on their toes. Continuing with the cliffhanger from season two, the new season takes an uncomfortable yet suspenseful direction as it follows the life of Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley) and Love Quinn (Victoria Pedretti). Director Lee Toland Krieger did a great job continuing the momentum of obsessiveness, this time not only through Goldberg but through Quinn as well. 

Following the reveal of Quinn’s pregnancy at the end of season two, the new season begins with the internal monologue of Goldberg, who is determined to create a “happily ever after” with Quinn for the sake of their newborn son, Henry. The first step towards their successful marriage is moving across the country to restart their lives in a fictitious California town called Madre Linda. 

This new and forced lifestyle, along with the burdens of parenthood, is hard for Goldberg, and viewers constantly see him reminiscing about his old life as a New York bookseller. This mental absence of Goldberg frustrates Quinn and continuously drives them apart throughout the season. After meeting their new neighbor, though, Goldberg seems to fall back into his past obsessive and toxic self and spirals out of control, leaving Quinn trying to clean up his messes. 

This season stood out to me because it offered another perspective other than Goldberg’s, helping the audience understand the thought process of both Goldberg’s and Quinn’s choices.The split perspective shows how similar the two are, even though Goldberg portrays himself as an innocent man who was forced into a relationship with a “monster”.

I liked how Quinn’s perspective was shown just enough to prevent us from resenting her and gave a reason for the audience to justify her desire to kill. Her perspective shows how her actions are a direct consequence of Goldberg, even though he does not know it. By far the most interesting concept of this season was how ordinary the killings seemed, which I think fits both of the characters’ psychotic personalities. 

However, a weak point of this story I thought was the flashbacks to Goldberg’s childhood. The storyline would’ve been smoother if the show developed more of Goldberg’s background in the previous seasons. That way, the audience would build background knowledge and understand what the characters are referring to without the constant flashbacks throughout the season. The flashbacks made it seem choppy and, in my opinion, ruined the suspense of some scenes.

Some viewers expect there to be a happy ending. In You, though, it seems that no matter the person–good or bad–they will eventually perish as it becomes hard to avoid being caught up in somebody else’s mistakes. The ending is satisfying and leaves you imagining what obsession will take place in season four. Overall, the show and the story behind it are incredibly unique, and I think every season of this show, especially the latest season, is worth the watch.