You Season 3 review: A new born baby won’t redeem Joe Goldberg

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The You season two finale saw Joe meeting his match, in the worst way possible, with Love Quinn, which left many questioning how this tumultuous couple will move forward after revealing their deepest and darkest secrets to each other pretty early into their relationship. So the question is, does the phrase ‘love conquers all’ apply to this couple?

You’re about to find out, but we will say the psychological thriller is just as bonkers and bingeable as ever.

In the third chapter, Joe Goldberg (played by Penn Badgley) and Love Quinn-Goldberg (played by Victoria Pedretti), are now married and have a beautiful baby boy, Henry Forty Quinn-Goldberg.

They have become the perfect poster white-picket fenced suburbanite family in Madre Linda, California… or so you’d think.

Joe’s transition into fatherhood doesn’t get off to the best start, as he believes his son hates him before he’s even had the chance to say ‘da-da.’  Love, who is still coming to terms with the death of twin brother Forty, is also struggling working as a stay-at-home mum, which in turn results in rapid mood swings, and even worse, relying on her free-spirited yet totally unpredictable mother Dottie Quinn (played by Saffron Burrows) for guidance.

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Let’s take it back to the final minute of season two episode 10, the last scene which left us guessing the identity of Joe’s mysterious neighbour. Cue in Natalie Engler, (played by Michaela McManus) the beautiful girl next door, aka the latest object of Joe’s affection, which also translates to ‘run Natalie run’, because we all know by now that when this man sets his sights on a woman, it doesn’t usually end well.

Joe Goldberg and Love Quinn

The disturbed couple are now married with a newborn baby (Picture: JOHN P. FLEENOR/NETFLIX)

Joe and Love

Yes the infamous glass box dungeon is back (Picture:younetflix/Instagram)

Now, if you combine Forty Quinn’s sass with Peach Sallinger’s condescending tone, you get Sherry Conrad (played by Shalita Grant) who is Love’s new BFF. She is a momfluencer, whose attempt to ridicule and put down others will leave you feeling nothing but second-hand embarrassment. 

Old habits die hard is the biggest understatement when it comes to Joe and Love’s shared interest, however with a new baby strengthening their moral compass, the disturbed duo take it upon themselves to give marriage counselling a go, but we’re not sure a couple of trust-building exercises will get to the root of their issues. However, it’s nice to see them return to their true passions, with Joe working at the local library and Love opening a new bakery called A Fresh Tart.

In previous episodes, Joe is often seen hallucinating and having imaginary conversations with his first conquest Guinevere Beck, however this time round Joe battles the ghost of his former self, while diving deep into the strained relationship he had with his mother, which led to further trauma in an all-boys orphanage.

Love in new bakery

We meet some interesting new characters this season (Picture:younetflix/Instagram)

This season also helps us understand the complexities of Love’s psyche. Older episodes showed that her impulsive need to protect her family was her sole justification to kill, and while that remains somewhat true in this season, her intentions are slightly questionable and at times extremely annoying.

We should probably feel sorry for Love, given everything she’s been through, however there are times where you find yourself turning against her, especially as she continues to blame her mother for everything that’s gone wrong in her life, instead of taking responsibility. 

Baby Henry’s arrival also tests Joe and Love’s compatibility in amusing yet scary ways, which sets a ‘will-they-won’t they make it’ precedent throughout.

I mean, we already knew their relationship was doomed from the start, but we still find ourselves invested in their every move, so we thank Penn and Victoria for their impeccable performance. 

Series one and two had moments that allowed viewers to see how Joe operates around kids, thanks to characters Paco and Ellie, who were both Joe’s neighbours at some point. However, watching the protagonist as a father will make you see Joe in a light.



Key moments:

Joe’s constant judgement of Love will leave you laughing in some scenes and rolling your eyes in frustration in others.

Ayelet Zurer’s role as Dr. Chandra serves the best comedic timing in this twisted tale.

Theo Engler’s crush on Love is quite wholesome at the start, but gets a little weird later.

Henry Forty Quinn-Goldberg is the only uncomplicated character this series.

Without giving too much away, Penn’s gorgeous voiceover will take you on a journey through the weird and at times wonderful. The story reaches a pivotal moment halfway through, that will have you clicking the next episode button so fast until the end.

Verdict on You Season 3

Many fans were under the impression that the third season wouldn’t match one and two’s momentum, but alas it has been done, and will certainly have you hooked from start to finish, and binging through the winter nights ahead.

With the addition of a new location, a baby, and some interesting new characters, the show’s format hasn’t drastically changed from the previous, so expect to see the return of Joe’s glass box dungeon and his worn-out baseball cap. 

Badgley’s performance is just as captivating and Pedretti also takes it up a gear, and we can’t wait to see what lies ahead in season 4 (well, here’s hoping Netflix will confirm there’ll be one).

Perfect in time for Halloween.

You Season 3 is available to stream on Netflix on 15 October. 

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