When the stalker becomes stalked

The difference between Netflix’s “You” season four and its prior seasons.



“You” season four leaves viewers wanting more. (Netflix)

By Amanda Le

Before entering the building, Joe Goldberg, played by Penn Badgley, receives an anonymous text revealing “Hello, you.” After these past seasons, we have watched Goldberg obsessing from one lover to the next, revealing to the audience how there is no extent of what Goldberg will do for his lover.

The first part of season four of “You” on Netflix was released on Feb. 13, and the five final episodes will be released on March 9.

Unlike other seasons, season four part one focuses on Goldberg distracting himself from his past, while being involved with a murder that occurred in the first episode.

Joe had come to London at first, with intentions of meeting his former lover Marienne, played by Tati Gabrielle, but he soon realizes the physiological effects that occurred after their last visit.

Joe Goldberg, who has taken up the identity of Jonathan Moore, is faced to find out who was the cause of Malcolm’s, played by Stepahn Hagan, death among his wealthy friends before he becomes a suspect.

Goldberg is now faced with determining who is the stalker who continues to frame the murders that occur. In each episode, we can see how much of a toll the stalker has on Goldberg, as it affects his daily life and his hidden past.

At the end of part one, he is given a choice to drink with Kate, played by Charlotte Ritchie. If Goldberg had agreed to go out for a drink, he knew it would lead to something more than friends, and he did not want to hurt her. In other seasons, he would leave his lovers because he thought it was best for them but only to come back, which caused even more significant problems.

On the other hand, his relationship with Kate seems less consumed because the season is focused on Goldberg surviving more than romance.

In this season, the audience gets to see how self-aware Goldberg is and how he is trying to leave the past behind, but this does not mean Goldberg will completely let go of his obsessive, stalkerish ways.

When the show first came out, many viewers were worried the show would romanticize toxic relationships and obsessive actions, but many viewers were left impressed with how the show was executed.

The show shows the many layers of human beings and how they are willing to go to such lengths to get what they want, making this a truly unpredictable show.