Penn Badgley says what we’re all thinking about You

You. Penn Badgley as Joe Goldberg in episode 408 of You. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2023
You. Penn Badgley as Joe Goldberg in episode 408 of You. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2023 /

When it comes to the name Penn Badgley, people have vastly different reactions. For some, it’s to think of Gossip Girl while others associate him with You. Regardless of which camp you’re in, you can’t deny his impact on pop culture.

Currently, though, most of us associate Badgley with his role as Joe Goldberg. The charismatic stalker and killer have seemingly become a fixture in the zeitgeist. Even so, Penn Badgley has been very vocal about his dislike for Joe Goldberg.

In recent interviews, he’s discussed a lot ahead of Season 4 and now, after the entirety of the season has premiered. Additionally, he also shared one sentiment I think we all can agree with and that’s Netflix breaking Season 4 into two parts.

If you’re looking to read more of his thoughts, you can read the full post on Variety but we’ll just be talking about one part of it so let’s get into it.

Penn Badgley shares his thoughts on You Season 4 being two parts.

During the interview, Badgley gave us an interesting tidbit which was: “It wasn’t ever meant to be released as two parts.” While that’s not the end of what he shared, I have to agree with him that it didn’t feel like the season was meant to be split. Regardless, it’s clear Netflix decided to go in a different direction.

However, Badgley continued by saying: “When I found out, I was like, ‘We’re going to leave a month between [episodes] five and six? That’s a big old diversion.’ Because, to me, it doesn’t all come home until you finally see the cage.” Honestly, is Badgley wrong when it comes to Joe Goldberg and his ways? Absolutely not and frankly, the cage has become such a huge part of Joe’s character and the series as a whole.

Even though I have yet to finish all of Season 4, I must say that You does feel like a much more muted version of the previous seasons. Maybe it’s due to the season being split up into two or maybe it’s the fact that there isn’t as much obsession at play. Regardless, the stakes feel much different than they have in previous installments.

That’s not to say Season 4 of You is bad. If anything, that difference is what is keeping me intrigued and I’m curious to see what happens next. With Penn Badgley already sharing that he’d like to see the series end with five seasons, we’ll have to see if they end up taking his advice or if the show will continue beyond that.

Regardless, there is no denying You wouldn’t be the same without Penn Badgley so if they do decide to continue with him, it won’t be the same. Then again, stranger things have happened so hopefully, we’ll find out the future of You soon.

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You Season 4 Parts 1 and 2 are currently streaming on Netflix. 

What do you think of You being split into two parts? Do you agree with Penn Badgley? Share in the comments.