The Season 3 finale of You: let’s take a closer look at that twist

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Warning: This article contains spoilers from the third season of You

Well, in the end, the inevitable happened. At the end of the third season of You, damn Joe Goldberg killed Love. In hindsight, the season has always moved towards this conclusion – the only possible one for a toxic relationship based on both obsession and murderous habits.

It was an electrifying ending, in keeping with the rest of the series, with Joe not only killing Love but also severing two toes and burning their house to be able to fake his own death and make Love appear as the killer femme fatale. Mother Linda. So what can a person do after having committed multiple murders, abandoning their young son and faking their own death? Go to Paris, of course!

That’s right: the third season of You it ends with Joe starting his journey Eat, pray, love. Good stuff. Really perfect, because it frees him from the claustrophobic periphery by giving his life a good reset. Even if he doesn’t give the impression that he wants to live like this for long. He is actually looking for Marienne (Tati Gabrielle), his latest love (not to be confused with the love of his life, Love). Unfortunately, after Love’s chilling warning, Marienne he took his daughter Juliette and made her go missing. Going to Paris, Joe, as is his habit, is determined to find her. “The only thing I know, my love, is that I will sift the world, if I have to “, he promises as he walks through the crowd of Parisians, with the Eiffel Tower looming behind him.

Perfect family?

The ending doesn’t say much about Joe’s new life, aside from revealing that he now goes by the name of Nick and is comfortable enough in town to hang out in a packed bar without wearing a baseball cap. Evidently his bad reputation in the United States was not significant enough to reach the French newspapers. But it’s understandable that Joe goes to the city of love after losing Love, indulging all his sick romantic fantasies. Let’s think for a moment about what his life will be like there. Every time he passes a pastry shop he will remember his once beloved Love, a pang in the chest every time he sees a cake. He’ll avoid American tourists in the Latin Quarter and keep company with other true crime fanatics by killing time at Père Lachaise. He will swap the baseball cap for a beret and then go back to the baseball cap when he notices that no one is doing it.

But although Joe transforms into a winky living poster that reads’ Paris is always a good idea ”, it seems inevitable that the ghost of Love will haunt him over the course of next season – also why Victoria Pedretti was one of the assets of the series. (“We’re not idiots – we know Victoria is awesome!” Show-runner Sera Gamble told a Variety, defending the choice and adding that it was expected from the beginning that Love would only be present in two seasons.)

But Pedretti’s popularity in real life aside, Love has captivated true crime fans, as befits his bloodthirsty character. “Once the nausea passed, people developed a morbid interest in her tragic story”, says Joe, explaining how her criminal ways and the “semi-feminist” mold of her demise made her something of a folk heroine. The series confirms those claims by showing a bogus article about The Cut of the chilling murder-suicide of Mother Linda. “Driving past the now demolished house of the Quinn-Goldberg massacre, it strikes me how normal it all seems …”, is the perfect beginning of the journalist “Neil Ronald”.

In true crime circles, Love rose to fame after his passing. “Even more famous than Guinevere Beck,” says Joe, recalling the subject of her obsession in Season 1 – who becomes a successful writer from dead. It is a kind of sinister tradition that the series is developing, with the women killed by Joe becoming icons after death for fictitious reasons. (And, perhaps unwittingly, it’s also a way of pointing out the media’s over-attraction to pretty, young white women who end up badly.) Who knows one day won’t be the thing that will ruin him, putting an end to his murderous fury – now even outside the country – once and for all.

Article published in Vanity Fair America and translated. Here the original


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