Nearly three weeks after the world took its season 2 trip into the twisted mind of You's Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley), a third season has been confirmed. Variety reports that the show will return with Badgley and Victoria Pedretti some time in 2021.
Official renewal comes weeks after Deadline reported that a theoretical third season of the Netflix series was awarded $7.213 million in tax credit by the state of California. The outlet explained that while a tax credit "does not guarantee a renewal," it can help ensure one "as it makes a series more advantageous financially." Below, everything we know about the third season so far.
When will it be released?
Variety reports that season 3 will have 10 episodes and debut in 2021. This means there will be a slightly longer gap between season 2 and 3. New episodes of the first season aired from September to October 2018 on Lifetime and the second season dropped on Netflix December 26, so a third season could feasibly air in fall or winter of 2020. However, you'll have to wait a bit longer.
Who is involved?
In Variety's report, it was announced that Badgley and Pedetti, who play Joe Goldberg and Love Quinn respecively, will return. Series co-creators Sera Gamble and Greg Berlanti will also remain as executive producers, with Gamble also returning as series showrunner.
However, the fates of other season two cast members are still up in the air outside of, perhaps, Delilah (Carmela Zumbado).
What will it be about?
A third season will be more unpredictable than the previous two, which were based on Caroline Kepnes' novel of the same name and its sequel, Hidden Bodies, respectively. However, another novel in the series isn't totally out of the question. Three years ago, Kepnes responded to a fan inquiry about a third book on Goodreads, saying, "You'll get more Joe eventually."
Series co-creator and executive producer Sera Gamble has also weighed in on what season 3 would look like. She told Cosmo U.K., "Absolutely it could come back for season 3," adding, "First of all, it's up to the powers that be. We hope that a lot of people will watch the show and that it gets to continue."
Gamble added, "I will say that we have an idea for season 3 that is SO exciting that people talk about it in the [writer's] room every day. So my fingers are crossed…I'll just say, I hope we get the chance to keep making the show."
Savannah Walsh Editorial Fellow Savannah Walsh is an Editorial Fellow at ELLE.com.