Netflix’s You: 12 new cast members just joined the line-up for season 3

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Production on season 3 of Netflix’s You is well underway, and we now know all about the new characters who will be joining the line-up. Spoiler alert: this story contains discussion of the second season of You. If you haven’t watched the series yet and don’t want to be spoiled, now is the time to click away. 

Despite production on You season three being delayed earlier this year as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, things are now well underway for the latest instalment of Netflix’s hit original series. 

After confirming that You was back in production earlier this month, Netflix have revealed the names of 12 new cast members who will be joining Penn Badgley and Victoria Pedretti on-screen – including three who will become series regulars. 

One of these new regulars is Tati Gabrielle (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina), who plays Marienne, “a smart, no-nonsense librarian who doesn’t let much get by her”.  

As per Variety, her character description reads: “Marienne is a keen observer of the neighbourhood’s denizens, too savvy in the ways of the real world to be taken in by patrons’ privilege and obvious entitlement. Beneath her practical, buttoned-up exterior, Marienne is hiding personal struggles that continue to set her back, hard as she tries to create a better life for herself and her young child.”

Starring alongside Gabrielle will be Dylan Arnold (Nashville) who plays Theo, a college student with “a strained and complicated relationship with his stepfather” and Saffron Burrows (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) who will return as Love’s mother, Dottie.

Appearing as the subject of Joe’s “growing fascination” will be Michaela McManus (The Village) as Natalie, “a professional and social success” who leads a “secret life”. 

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Other recurring guest stars include Shannon Chan-Kent, Ben Mehl, Chris O’Shea, Christopher Sean, Bryan Safi, Mackenzie Astin, Ayelet Zurer and Jack Fisher.

So, alongside all of these new characters joining the cast, what else can we expect from You season three? Let’s take a look at everything we know so far.

Who is in the cast for You season 3?

At the beginning of November, Netflix announced that Shalita Grant and Travis VanWinkle would be joining the cast for season three, playing Sherry, a mean girl ‘mom-fluencer’, and Cary, a wealthy guy who invites Joe into his circle, respectively.

And of course, we can expect Penn Badgley’s eternally-creepy serial killer Joe Goldberg to make a reappearance in season three – and alongside him, The Haunting of Hill House’s Victoria Pedretti will reprise her role as Joe’s similarly murderous – and now pregnant – girlfriend, Love Quinn.

What will You season 3 be about?

When it comes to the plot of You season three, it’s all speculation at this point – especially when you consider the fact that this season will stray further from the show’s source material: Caroline Kepnes book series of the same name.

While seasons one and two of You were based on Kepnes’ two-book series (made up of You and Hidden Bodies), season three is being written at the same time as Kepnes writes the third book in the You series, meaning there’s likely to be some big differences. 

We saw one of those big differences at the end of season two: while in Kepnes’ Hidden Bodies Joe leaves a pregnant Love behind after being caught out by the police, at the end of season two, we see him moving into a suburban house alongside Love.

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Indeed, the ending of the show’s second season – which landed on Netflix on 26 December last year – was all kinds of mind-blowing. Just when we thought Joe had (kind of) moved on from his creepy, I-will-make-you-love-me-at-all-costs obsessive behaviour for a little bit, he lays his eyes upon his new victim: his next-door neighbour.

“This is where I had to be, exactly where I had to be to meet you,” Joe says in an ever-so-creepy voice over in the closing moments of season two. “There you were, with your books and your sunshine. So close, but worlds away. I will figure out a way to meet you. See you soon… neighbour.” 

With that ending leaving us hungry to know more about what exactly is going to happen next, we can’t wait to see what’s in store (besides the inevitable killing, of course). 

When will You season 3 be released?

You was renewed for a third season soon after season two was released, and is set to debut on Netflix in 2021.

How did fans of the show react to the announcement of You season 3?

Let’s just say that fans of the show were very excited to learn You’s team were starting production on the third season – and they had some fantastic reactions to Gamble’s news.

“You already ruined dating for me on both coasts,” one response read.

Another person simply posted a GIF from the show to share their excitement, capturing one of Joe’s (very intense) quotes: “Nothing is more important than this.”

Victoria Cartagena, who played Claudia in the show’s first season, even had some suggestions for season three.

“You know, now that Claudia and Paco are in California… they could help Joe out of some future sticky situations,” she wrote. “I’m just sayin’.”

We may have very little information to go off right now, but the excitement for You season three is already building – and we can’t wait to learn more about the latest instalment in this gripping series.

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