Netflix really did smash it with their creepy stalker series You, with the show quickly becoming one of the platform’s most popular offerings.
Let us just lay this out right from the offset. Joe Goldberg, the show’s main character, is an awful human being. Despite all of Twitter’s weird fantasies about the murderous stalker, he is terrible.
Now Netflix has aimed to reinforce this by removing Joe’s inner monologue that runs throughout the show, which gives the whole thing an even more terrifying edge.
Before watching this, I never actually realised how much of the show was told through those inner snippets of Joe trying to reason with himself.
Take them away and pretty much every exchange he has is incredible awkward and pretty hilarious.
As Netflix commented: “For someone so obsessed with keeping a relationship alive, Joseph… there’s a lot of dead air.”
The show’s co-creator Sera Gamble recently opened up about the bizarre response to the character.
“Well, I kind of felt that way when I read the book,” she told Vulture. “It took me a surprisingly long time to realise that Joe was not a reliable narrator, because we were in his head and we were in his point of view.
“When you read Caroline [Kepnes]’ book, he gets creepy almost immediately. However, it wasn’t until I was a fair amount into the book that I realised that I was automatically forgiving him, and that I wasn’t even really doing it consciously.
“I was just so interested in him and seduced by the honesty of his inner monologue that I kept finding myself rooting for this couple. When I sat down and thought about that, that is really disturbing.”
She continued: “But how could we not, in some way, root for someone who is presented to us as a perfect romantic hero?
“A lot of what the show is about, as a lot of what the book was about, is playing with those expectations and revealing that there’s a dark side to that beloved archetype of the male romantic hero who sweeps in to save the day, whether or not you’ve even asked him to.”
Netflix has already cast a new addition for the second season’s female lead, drafting in Victoria Pedretti for the role of Love Quinn, a familiar face for anyone who dared to watch Netflix’s Haunting of Hill House.
Now we know another character will be returning to take on a major role, that of Joe Goldberg’s ex-girlfriend Candace, who viewers were led to believe was dead before the season one finale.
If that shocking ending did actually mean Candace was alive and not a figment of Joe’s imagination – the series will definitely be steering away from the novel it is based on.
At the end of Caroline Kepnes’ book of the same name, Candace is very much dead at the end of the first book.
Speaking about the decision to change the ending and resurrect the character on-screen, You executive producer Sera Gamble previously told The Hollywood Reporter: “We knew we were going to start flashing back to Candace, as Caroline does in the book.
“We just wanted to do something more surprising and [we also realised] that she was such a substantial and interesting character.”