You is a critically acclaimed Netflix series which stars Penn Badgley as Joe Goldberg, who uses the alias Will Bettehlheim in season two. Victoria Pedretti played Joe’s latest love interest Love Quinn in the second season and she is due to reprise her role in season three. But data has shown the series is the most likely to be cancelled by the streaming platform in the near future.
WARNING: This story contains spoilers for You season 2
Has You been cancelled by Netflix?
The psychological thriller made its debut on Netflix in 2018 and it is based on the novel by Caroline Kepnes. In the series Joe Goldberg is a deranged serial killer who obsesses over different women until he feels no choice but to kill them.
In season one he became obsessed with Guinevere Beck (Elizabeth Lail), but in the end he felt she became the only obstacle holding their relationship back.
The second season saw Joe relocate from New York to LA, and he managed to create a new identity. He ended up falling for Love, an aspiring health enthusiast and chef, and he fell back into his old cycle.
Fans were shocked at the end of season two when they discovered Love had experienced a severe episode of hysteria, which caused her to slice Joe’s ex Candace Stone’s (Ambyr Childers) throat.
Perhaps experiencing Stockholm Syndrome, she tried to protect Joe by getting rid of Candace, who found out about his previous killings.
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Season three was confirmed in January 2020 and the writer of the original novel revealed it would be released on April 6, 2021.
There is no knowing whether this will be the actual release date due to the coronavirus outbreak impacting on production. But fans can rest assured the season will still go ahead as planned.
Netflix has not cancelled You at the time of writing this article.
However, according to data compiled by CasinoCountdown, You has a 41 percent chance of getting cancelled by Netflix than any other provider’s shows.
CasinoCountdown said the data was collected from the websites Ahrefs (an SEO tool), Google Trends and IMDb, and it had been “analysed via a logistic regression model that yielded results with 74 percent accuracy”.
Still, these figures should be taken with a pinch of salt as You has proven to be a popular series on the streaming platform, so there is no reason to believe it will be cancelled just yet.
Netflix usually announces its cancellations and renewals each quarter and the decisions are judged on viewership figures, and nothing has been mentioned so far about You.
Kay Jones, is Content Manager at CasinoCountdown, and she said it was interesting how You was at “high risk” of cancellation based on their reception.
She said it had “achieved high levels of success” following its debut season, however she did add: “You fans may start to struggle to keep up with the plot now that the series is deviating from the source novels.”
In January 2019, Netflix said the series was on track to be streamed by more than 40 million viewers within its first month of release.
By the end of the year the streaming platform had confirmed more than 43 million viewers had completed the whole season since its release.
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The series was also on Netflix’s list of most popular TV shows of 2019 in the US, and it ranked in fifth place.
Then in January 2020 the streaming platform revealed the second season had been viewed by more than 54 million viewers within the first month.
The viewing stats are recorded by working out how many people have watched more than two minutes of a single episode. The first season has an approval rating of 93 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, with the second season having a rating of 88 percent.
But even though the approval rating seems to have dropped since the first season, critics have responded positively and it seems the series will be sticking around for the time being.
The show was nominated for three Saturn Awards in 2019, so there is plenty of hope surrounding the future of the series.
The series has just signed another “mysterious” character ahead of the season three release, as Scott Speedman is joining the cast.
The Underworld actor will play the role of Matthew, a CEO and husband who Deadline described as an “uncommunicative father”.
The publication said he was “reserved, at times mysterious, and has a tendency to be withdrawn, all of which masks a deep well of emotion underneath”, so fans will be looking forward to finding out more about his character’s significance.
The season three cast also includes Shalita Grant, from NCIS: New Orleans, and Travis Van Winkle from Instinct.
Joe already seems to have found his next love interest as the season two finale suggested he had developed feelings for his new neighbour.
You seasons 1 and 2 are on Netflix now