Warning: Contains spoilers for season two of You.
Last year, the first season of thriller-drama You went viral when it moved from its former home on Lifetime to Netflix. It’s easy to see why: It’s absolutely unpredictable swerves made it perfect for binge-watching, and Gossip Girl alum Penn Badgley makes a dashing lead, something that viewers were not shy about mentioning on Twitter last year. (Badgley went so far as to reply to a number of fans’ amorous, if misguided, musings about his new character, which is probably for the best, since he plays Joe Goldberg, a serial killer with a record of stalking and isolating women.)
The show was a hyperreal commentary on the toxicity of romance movie plot points, with deadly consequences for the women who catch Joe’s eye. Last season Joe was going about his life as a bookseller in New York City. There, he met aspiring writer and poet Guinevere Beck (Elizabeth Lail), with whom he became obsessed. Convinced that unworthy distractions (her admittedly terrible friends and affinity for guys who didn’t value her) were the only things keeping Beck’s career from taking off and the two of them from finding happiness together, Joe eventually isolated her from everyone in her life.
Every twist in the first season was even more gasp-inducing than the next, rousing an appetite for the next chapter of Joe’s destructive adventures. Now, Netflix has finally released the show’s second season, and it’s even crazier than the first. Below, all of the plot twists that had us on the edge of our seats this season.
1. Joe is on the run from Candace?
The shocking twist at the end of season one is that Candace is very much alive. Through flashbacks we see that she tried to break up with Joe and that he responded by knocking her unconscious and kidnapping her. When she wakes up, she realizes that Joe has taken her (in a creepy van, no less) to a remote spot in upstate New York. She escapes into the woods, but Joe quickly catches up with her, and she loses consciousness fighting for her life. Joe, who thinks she’s dead, buries her—but she’s still alive. Fast-forward to the season one finale, when she walks right into Mooney’s bookstore.
Instead of problem-solving through murderous means again, Joe instead flees from New York City to Los Angeles. Whomst among us cannot relate to the desire to avoid run-ins with an ex?
2. A health food store is the epicenter of evil—practically a harbinger of death—in L.A.
Seriously—Anavrin, a trendy organic grocery that’s almost certainly a reference to Erewhon, is downright deadly. (Maybe that has something to do with Joe working there.) Between Jasper cutting off Joe’s finger, Forty and Milo’s brawl, and Forty’s eventual attempt to kill Joe, it makes a Sunday afternoon run through the strangled aisles of Whole Foods seem serene in comparison.
3. Joe gets on “the socials,” again!
Social media, that is—if we’re going to use Delilah’s cool abbreviation. He’s still using his Will Bettleheim alias on Instagram and Facebook, if only for the purposes of stalking a new target. Will our boy ever learn?
4. And he’s met someone just as needy and overbearing as he is.
A “chance” meet-cute at Anavrin sees Joe essentially telling himself to not get too obsessed with Love as he leaves his job interview. Only she interrupts his stream-of-consciousness ramblings to ask him a very important question: “Does this peach look like a butt?” Things between the two escalate quickly. Love shows up at Joe’s apartment, texts him all the time, wants to know where he is, what he’s doing, and with whom. It. is. Exhausting. Oh, and let’s not forget that she’s also a stalker and a killer—it’s later revealed that Love started stalking Joe shortly after he started stalking her on his first day in L.A. Two peas in a pod!
5. While we’re on the topic of Joe, he befriends the real Will.
Joe’s mentor Mooney has a big glass box—you know, the cell-like room that he used for preserving antique books and imprisoning Joe as a teenager. It has been an ill omen for all who have come across it: Just think of Benji, Beck, and Jasper, who didn’t even have to go inside to meet a bloody demise at Joe’s hands. Though Joe no longer works in Mooney’s bookstore, he’s taken the box with him and set it up in a storage unit in L.A. This season we see him actually befriend the captive Will Bettleheim. Eventually, he relinquishes Will’s stolen identity and releases him—making Will the first to actually survive being kidnapped by Joe. It’s almost touching when Joe calls him in Manila to ask his advice on releasing Delilah. Almost.
6. Oh, and Candace is now dating Joe’s new girlfriend’s brother?
Candace wasn’t kidding when she said she would show Joe who he really is. She tracks him down to his L.A. hideout thanks to his social media presence and crafts a place for herself in his new life as Forty’s girlfriend. She’s a walking reminder of Joe’s ugly past and what he’s really capable of.
7. Candace convinces Forty to purchase the film rights and develop the screenplay for Beck’s book.
The look on Joe’s face when they excitedly tell him and Love that they’re developing The Dark Face of Love—a collection of journals and poetry by one Guinevere Beck, which he assembled after killing her—is just priceless. What a scene!
8. Love finds out about Joe’s past.
Joe spins a more elaborate version of the “My ex is crazy!” tale to explain away the many, many red flags Candace has raised to Love. What’s crazier is the fact that she believes him.
9. And Delilah finds out about his present.
Namely, that it was Joe who uncovered evidence of Henderson’s predatory actions and later killed him. After digging through his apartment, she unearths the keys to his creepy storage unit. Just as she’s set to report her findings to Fincher, he puts her into the glass cage to buy himself time, but promises to release her; after all, he has Ellie’s well-being in mind and considers Delilah a friend.
10. But when Love discovers the whole truth, it all comes crashing down.
She kills Delilah. Joe ends up imprisoned in the cage! Love kills Candace, then admits that she’s pregnant—with Joe’s baby. They talk of skipping town, only to be confronted by Forty (who is far less enchanted with the truth than his sister), who tries to kill Joe but ends up dead instead. When the LAPD starts to consider Forty, posthumously, for the death of Henderson and the disappearance of Delilah, the Quinns buy their silence, and the investigation is quickly dropped. With no more secrets, Joe and Love are able to approach their relationship from a place of openness and honesty, clearing the air for their burgeoning family and new home—a quaint little ranch-style home in Pasadena, probably.
11. Still, none of it is enough for Joe.
The season’s final scene sees Joe peering through his backyard fence to catch a glimpse of his mysterious married neighbor reading by her pool. As Joe begins his “Hello, you,” monologue again, we’re left bracing for—hopefully—another season of a show that’s proved to be nothing if not totally bingeable.
Originally Appeared on Vogue