Netflix has announced that the series “You” will be renewed for a fifth season, however, this will mean the end of the Joe Goldberg story.
Announcing the news on Friday (March 24), the streaming giant confirmed that the popular thriller will provide Joe Goldberg with one last outlet to finish his story. This corresponded to how the show’s creative team “always presented it [the show] as a five-season journey.”
Summing up the fourth season, the press release teases Joe’s new and dangerous adventure, stating: “There, across the ocean, a genre drama threw him into a one—percent detective investigation that forced him to finally admit that he was not a good person-an undeniable truth that he had been avoiding for too long.
“At the end of the season, Joe returned to New York with his wealthy partner Kate (Charlotte Richie) and a new dangerous life-a life that he finally admitted is fundamentally immoral, and Badgley really wants to explore it.”
“I think it sets us up for a really great final season,” Badgley is quoted as saying. “Can his inner monologue develop a little now? What does it mean for him to accept himself?”
There will be some changes ahead of the show’s final run, as executive producer Sera Gamble, who created You with Berlanti, is stepping down as showrunner. According to Gamble, she wants to focus on developing other projects. You, screenwriters Michael Foley and Justin W. Lo, will take over the showrunner duties.
“When I step away from everyday showrunning to focus on new projects, I am immensely grateful to co—creator and all-round genius Greg Berlanti, Caroline Kepnes, my friends from Berlanti Productions and Alloy Entertainment, as well as our constant partners at Warner Bros and Netflix,” Gamble said.
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She added: “Creating the show together with our writers, producers, directors, actors and crew was an honor and ridiculously fun activity. And I was lucky to have worked with such a gifted and thoughtful artist as Penn Badgley.
“I am proud of what we have all achieved, and I feel privileged to pass the baton. I’m excited to watch and support the You team as they bring Joe Goldberg’s journey to its delightfully convoluted conclusion.”
The fourth season of “You” became a hit on Netflix and remained in the top ten most watched world TV shows (in English) for five weeks from the moment of release. It currently holds the top spot with 64 million viewing hours on the current weekly chart alone.
The release date of the fifth season of “You” is currently unknown, although the first and fourth seasons are already available for streaming on Netflix.