YOU needs a second season

From unstable relationships to paranoia to manipulation in the name of love, YOU pulls viewers in and doesn’t let go.


Logan Dubil

YOU is a masterpiece worth watching.

Spoiler alert. . .YOU is a must see.

Ever since “This Is Us” came out, I have been addicted to TV dramas. I asked some of my close friends what TV shows they recommended, and YOU was a frequent response. At first, I didn’t have the time or energy to invest into a new series, though it was constantly there, hovering in the back of my mind, weighing me down every day I neglected to devote an hour to watch the first episode. Then, it finally came – two days ago to be exact – when I sat down with a cold glass of milk and hit play. Now, I know everything. I understand what the hype was all about. I watched every episode within a two day span. All that’s left to do now is wait until season two is released, a day that will be much appreciated.

This show, this masterpiece, is created to addict the viewer. The first episode is subtle, yet mysterious, allowing one to understand the purpose of the film while drawing them in for more, which is exactly what happened to me. Joe Goldberg, a bookstore manager, becomes madly in love with Guinevere Beck, an aspiring writer, the moment she steps foot in his place of work. I am not talking about the normal definition of madly in love, but the one a psychopath would endure. Without spoiling the details that complete the storyline, he finds a way to access her every move. He stalks her, follows her, reads her messages, and tracks her friends, just to make sure things go his way.

Episode by episode, his main task is to make Guinevere feel as if she needs him to succeed, which at some times he is successful, but at others, complications form, putting Joe at risk for failure. In most shows I watch, it seems as if the story doesn’t go the way the viewer hopes, but this isn’t the case at all. Throughout my experience with the show, I have grown close to the characters, giving me the chance to understand every side of each relationship. For instance, Guinevere and Benji’s relationship: Benji is Guinevere’s boyfriend at the time Joe first encounters her. Those who have watched the show agree that he isn’t in Beck’s best interest; even Joe sees this. What does the show do about this character plot opportunity? Most shows would just have made the couple breakup and move on, but Netflix had other plans. Let’s just say, many deaths take place throughout the ten episodes, yet another reason why it only took me two days to finish season one.

Towards the end of the season, it seems as if everything is back to normal, and Joe and Guinevere are happy. Happy is a good thing. Happy is good. Wrong. No couple is perfect, which is what Joe and Guinevere begin to realize. They become increasingly paranoid about each other, yet act as if everything is okay. Only when they are alone do they dig down deep into each other’s pasts to find the source of their madness. It turns out Joe didn’t hide his faults well enough, something I didn’t see coming at all. Beck discovers things that will end up destroying their relationship forever. The funny thing is, no one ever officially breaks up. That should speak for itself.

The last minute of the last episode had me in complete focus. A character enters his shop, exchanges greetings with him, and the episode concludes. That one minute was one of those scenes where I was expecting it but not expecting it at the same time. I have created multiple scenarios which I think will take place in the second season, but at this point, it can go any way. YOU is packed with surprise after surprise. If you have spare time. . .wait, who am I kidding? Even if you don’t have spare time, watch YOU on Netflix. It won’t let you down. Just don’t expect to watch it for long, because before you know it, episode ten will be over, and you will be stuck in my shoes, waiting for the second season.