Released on March 9, 2023, the second part of the fourth season of You has spiked the interest of the fans and they couldn’t wait to get more of it. Based on the books written by Caroline Kepnes, You has become one of the most critically acclaimed thrillers, with its popularity skyrocketing with the release of every new season.
Originally, the show was streaming on Lifetime before Netflix licensed it and made it an Original. Developed by Sera Gamble and Greg Berlanti, the series stars Penn Badgley as Joe Goldberg, who has stalked his favorite women in the world’s most attractive places, including New York, Los Angeles, fictional Madre Linda, and now, Paris.
With the second part culminating in gory bloodshed that left a trail of bodies in his wake, the psychic stalker of Netflix can’t seemingly wait to renew his life once again. But experience says, that it does not come without an expense of other lives stripped off any chance to be renewed ever again. Fortunately, we would have to wait a long time before we get to see that.
Here’s a quick rundown on You season 5.
When was You officially renewed for a fifth season?
After the four bone-chilling seasons, Netflix has confirmed that You will return for a fifth season in 2024. Unfortunately, the fifth season will be the last hurray for Joe Goldberg. The announcement was made through the official You Twitter account, which released a video clip, featuring the show’s star Joe, who said:
“Well, hello there. Hello, you. Hello, there. Hello, you. Goodbye, you.”
The tweet read, “Joe Goldberg will return for the fifth and final season of YOU in 2024,” the tweet read.
Goodbye… YOU. Joe Goldberg will return for the fifth and final season of YOU in 2024. pic.twitter.com/1PIP0pRizK
— YOU (@YouNetflix) March 24, 2023
Additionally, Sera Gamble will continue to serve as an executive producer of the show for season 5. However, producers Michael Foley and Justin W. Lo will serve as co-showrunners for the final season. Gamble said in a statement:
“As I step back from day-to-day showrunning to focus on new projects, I’m immensely grateful to co-creator and all-around genius Greg Berlanti, Caroline Kepnes, my friends at Berlanti Productions and Alloy Entertainment, and our steadfast partners at Warner Bros and Netflix. Making the show alongside our writers, producers, directors, cast and crew has been an honor and ridiculously fun. And I feel lucky to have worked with an artist as gifted and thoughtful as Penn Badgely. I’m proud of what we’ve all accomplished and feel privileged to pass the torch. I’m excited to watch and support the You team as they bring Joe Goldberg’s journey to its delightfully twisted conclusion.”
Before the show was renewed for a fifth season, the showrunner Sera Gamble hinted at the possibility for the show to have more future, while engaging in a conversation with The Hollywood Reporter. She said:
“We have an idea for season five that we’re excited about.” Be that as it may, it did not come without a condition:
“It was never anyone’s intention to run this one into the ground. When we’re done, we’ll be done. And we’ll pack it up. Even in the early conversations with Penn, the idea was not to crank out episodes forever; it’s to feel like we have told the complete story. And though I feel like tonally, we’re very different and we are not trying to sell Joe as any kind of a hero with a straight face. This is a show that is in the tradition of these single-lead shows with a guy who does increasingly bad things. The beautiful thing about it is that when his arc is complete, so is the show.”
In addition to this, leading star Penn Badgley corroborated this sentiment while engaged in a Happy Sad Confused podcast concerning You’s future. He said, “I think if there’s another season, I think it’s only going to be one. I think — this is my understanding, but I don’t know, I really don’t know. But I know that everybody concerned, from the top on down, nobody wants this show to become tired. That’s when Joe is the most disgusting. That’s when the show stops having the intelligence that it has.”
In a conversation with IndieWire in 2023, Badgley revealed his thoughts on the show’s future, saying You needs “to do another season.” He said:
“It feels to me like Joe needs to get what’s coming to him, and now he has further to fall because he has all this power and wealth. But of course, that’s not up to me. I don’t know where it’s going. But to me, with this concept and with this character, we always wanted to be responsible and it’s not just the kind of thing we can let keep going because it’s doing well.”
He further added, “I know the creators of the show always had this next season in mind as its last, should there be another one. And then it will probably be a spectacular resolution because it feels to me like something is in the works by the very end of this season.”
Brace yourself for Joe Goldberg's final chapter.
You will return for a fifth and final season in 2024! pic.twitter.com/rbQBOnQPSJ
— Netflix (@netflix) March 24, 2023
What is the overall performance of You season 4?
Based on the data gathered from the first several weeks of streaming the first half of the season, we can speculate on the overall performance of the show and determine the potentiality of its renewal. The first half of the fourth season was successful in garnering 183,880,000 million hours of viewership which is relatively less in comparison to its predecessors. To make matters worse, it also dropped out of the global top ten by the fourth week.
But we also need to take into consideration that the show was released in two segments and as a result of which, many fans vowed that they won’t watch the show until both segments are available for streaming on Netflix. According to Netflix’s top 10 data, all four seasons have managed to gather over 1 billion viewing hours on the streaming platform. Be that as it may, this is just the weekly data released since Q3 2021. Upon adding the viewing data from season 2, the viewing hours can be extended to approximately 1.5 billion.
Once Netflix releases the viewing data for the next several weeks, we can determine the chances of a fifth-season renewal. We presume that the show will be renewed for a fifth season owing to its popularity and reach. However, if the potential new season is also going to follow the same format of Joe stalking someone new and that ending on a bloody note, the content will be too hackneyed for the audience to appreciate and come back again.
What can we expect to happen in You season 5?
The fourth seems to have tied up all the loose ends of the main characters, which rules out the possibility of a fifth season. But that does not mean Jenna Ortega’s Ellie will never show up again. Although most of the characters are in the ground or behind bars and with no real story arcs to elaborate more upon, a fifth season can still be created focusing on Joe Goldberg’s past, considering that he has now fully come tete-a-tete with the cavernous parts of his real self.
However, the possession of money and power that his girlfriend Kate (Charlotte Ritchie) boasts, he can use that to further his own privilege and shield himself from the ramifications of his crimes. By the end of the fourth season, the viewers see a completely new, invincible Joe Goldberg, flanked by an entire PR Team at his disposal who would help him clean up all the messes. What’s more, he has also managed to find a partner who can fully overlook all the darkest parts of him.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter in February 2023, Gamble told, “You’ll know what the next season would be when you see the end of this season. We tell you what the idea is.”
Commenting on the season 4 finale in the previously-mentioned IndieWire interview, Badgley said that if the show ends with that conclusion, it would be “somewhat satisfying.” However, he adds, “But I think what’s particularly dystopic or chilling about it is he has effectively won. You have taken this man and shown him going out on top. In that sense, I don’t think it’s the conclusion that anybody wants.”
You season 5 will certainly feature a more callous Joe who might not even justify his killings anymore. But how would he juxtapose his part-time criminal life with his romantic life with Kate? That’s the question. But we know one thing for sure: Joe surely does not possess a Midas touch, in fact, something quite opposite to it. Everyone that he loves, ends up dead. What does this mean for Kate?
Talking about Joe’s intentions, Gamble told Elle, “In many ways, when you’re not in denial about your intentions, you can plan better. So it’s less that we think he’s going to cut a bloody swathe in New York City, although we also wouldn’t put it past him. It’s more that he is just more conscious of this side of himself and he’s less likely to be like, ‘Oops, I totally didn’t think I was going to shove that guy down the stairs. Now what am I going to do?’”
Since he arrived in New York, his life has come full circle. Gamble added, “He looks and sounds like Joe Classic. He has regained his name and now he is much more in the circles that he used to watch from afar and just judge. He can have all of that access, all of those resources, and none of the anonymity that he used to have in New York.”
Speaking to Hollywood Reporter, Sera Gamble stated that the plan is for Joe to suffer through some consequences of his actions because that would be the perfect ending for You. She said:
“The conversation we have among the writers, between Greg and I, and a lot with Penn is about the fact that it would be nice to end his arc with some form of justice. Guys like this don’t usually see a lot of justice from the world. That’s challenging to plot. How does Joe Goldberg go down in a world where he’s been branding people with bricks in broad daylight for years? And he’s cute! And he gets away with it. The deeper question that we frequently pitch in the writers’ room is, ‘What’s real justice? What would hurt him the most?’”
Commenting on Marienne’s ending and her life, Tati Gabrielle who plays the role hopes that justice is served. In conversation with The Wrap, she said, “Marienne’s story feels still feels unfinished, and [it] still feels like she has something else that she needs to see through. I don’t think that Marianne is a vengeful person, so I think that she would want justice not necessarily revenge.”
Who are the expected cast members of You Season 5?
Netflix has confirmed that the fifth season of You will be set in New York City, where the first season also took place. Interestingly, this brings the series to a full circle, after Joe escapes to various places including Los Angeles, the Bay Area, and London. It’s the right finale rizz!
Based upon that, we obviously expect Penn Badgley and Charlotee Ritchie to reprise their roles as Joe and Kate respectively in season 5. In addition to them, it’s hard to predict which characters will reprise their roles for the last hurrah! It’s not completely imprudent to consider whether the fifth and the final season will also reshuffle the entire cast, save the two protagonists.
Be that as it may, there is a lot of uproar regarding the return of Jenna Ortega, especially after Wednesday became one of the biggest Netflix shows in history. Per the reports, Wednesday was the reason why Ortega couldn’t return for You season 4. This could point to the possibility of plans exiting to bring back her character, Ellie Alves.
With season 4 end, fans find Marienne, played by Tati Gabrielle, escaping the clutches of Joe, thanks to Nadia ( Amy-Leigh Hickman). However, Nadia finds herself imprisoned, but she doesn’t testify on her own behalf or disclose any detail regarding Joe or his disguise as the “Eat the Rich” killer.
Despite being imprisoned for Joe’s crimes, Amy Leigh-Hickman is optimistic about Nadia’s return. In conversation with Digital Spy, Hickman said:
“I would love to come back and play her again. I think that if she can pull off everything she did in season four, there’s not much she can’t do. So I wouldn’t put anything past her, I wouldn’t past Joe as well. I think that’s something they have in common, weirdly.”
Nevertheless, we expect the following cast members to reprise their roles for the fifth season, owing to their history with Joe:
- Dylan Arnold as Theo
- Scott Speedman as Matthew
- Shalita Grant as Sherry
- Travis Van Winkle as Cary Conrad
- Robin Lord Taylor as Will Bettelheim
In You season 4, Marienne is successful in breaking herself free from Joe’s clutches and is able to reunite with her daughter Juliette in Paris. Be that as it may, Tati Gabrielle wishes to come back as well. Speaking to Digital Spy, Gabrielle said, “I would love to come back again. I feel like she hasn’t gotten her piece yet, and I do think she deserves that. She’s had a hard life, man. She just needs a break. I would love to see more for Marienne. If she’s not part of taking down Joe, I just want her to be able to witness it.”
What is the production status of You Season 5?
The streamer has not unraveled much regarding the production status of the fifth season of this critically-acclaimed thriller owing to the writer’s strike. The nexus of this strike traces back to the time when the studios and networks refused to agree with the terms of the writers over compensation and wages.
At the time of writing this article, not much has been revealed regarding the status of the writers’ strike. Netflix Life contends, “It’s hard to say if the writers’ room for You season 5 already started working on the season yet, but we’re pretty sure they aren’t now.”
Additionally, creator Sera Gamble, who recently stepped down as showrunner for season 5 as mentioned previously, shared certain photographs on Instagram from the picket line. This leads us to assume that writing for You season 5 is currently ceased.
When can we expect You season 5 to be on Netflix?
Below mentioned are the release schedules of the previous four seasons of You:
- Season 1 – 26/12/2018
- Season 2 – 26/12/2019
- Season 3 – 15/10/2021
- Season 4(1) – 09/02/2023
- Season 4(2) – 09/03/2023
As you can see, there is a significant gap of 22 months between the second and the third season, but that’s largely because of the pandemic. The 16-month gap between the third and the first half of the fourth season and a month separating the first and second halves of the fourth season, point to the absence of any new season of You this year.
Based on this data, we don’t expect You Season 5 to drop on Netflix in June 2023. In fact, we can expect at least 13-16 months of gap between seasons 4 and 5 of You, if, that is to say, of course, the strike ceases to continue and the writing for the fifth season begins soon.
In that case, we can expect the new season to arrive on Netflix anywhere between April 2024 and July 2024.
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Frequently Asked Questions
1. Will You Season 5 be the last?
Unfortunately yes! In a conversation with IndieWire, Penn Badgley, who plays Joe Goldberg in the series, revealed that the thriller was always meant to have a five-season arc.
2. Who are the current showrunners of You season 5?
With Sera Gamble stepping down from her show running duties associated with You season 5, the two writers from You, Justin W. Lo and Michael Foley will be taking over as showrunners in the final season.
3. What happens to Joe and Love’s baby?
In season 4, before Joe escapes to Europe, he leaves his son, Henry, in the care of his colleague at the library, Dante, since he and his husband, Lansing, had been trying for a child for quite some time.