It came as no surprise that Netflix’s hit show You would be returning for a second season.
WARNING: This article will contain spoilers.
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.
Ambyr Childers’ character only appeared in four episodes the first time around, though it sounds like she will be getting much more screen-time in the next instalment of the show.
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.”
Despite being a monstrous, murdering stalker a lot of fans have been seemingly sympathising with Joe Goldberg. So much so the show’s creator felt the need to speak out about the “disturbing” reaction to his 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.”