Penn Badgley Actually Has To Remind People They Shouldn’t Like His Character In ‘You’

You know, if that wasn’t obvious.


You has proved to be another big hitter for Netflix, rapidly becoming one of the platform’s most popular shows.

Penn Badgley plays the leading character on the show, Joe Goldberg, an extremely creepy dude who uses social media to stalk his love interest Guinevere Beck.

Spoilers ahead.

Joe actually manages to pull off his whole scheme, killing a couple of people along the way and ultimately Beck too (we think).

Obviously, Joe is a psychopath, an awful person that belong in either prison or some kind of institution. He is literally the worst.

Only, not everyone is on that same page. Somehow, a worryingly large portion of viewers have actually be romanticising Joe’s character, leading Badley into stressing that this should not be the case.

In fact, Penn was pretty explicit in exactly why people shouldn’t be warming to his character….

Turns out he’s just going to take all the creepy admiration and channel it into his character for the second season. At least some good is coming from it all.

The show’s director Sera Gamble recently explained why the ending of season one was different to the novel the show is based on.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter Gamble said their decision was all about adding an unexpected twist.

“We knew we were going to start flashing back to Candace, as Caroline does in the book,” she explained, adding that the show deliberately misled viewers into presuming Joe had killed his ex-girlfriend.

Justifying flipping fans’ expectations entirely, Sera said: “We just wanted to do something more surprising and [we also realised] that she was such a substantial and interesting character.”

Gamble added that when she read the original book, she believed that the novel would end differently.

“[There] was plenty of material to work with, but also there’s something a little scary and crazy about knowing that that’s the ending of your season,” she added.

“There were so many times when we were trying to bargain with ourselves and see if there was another way through”.

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