If you haven't really binged YOU season 2 on Netflix over the weekend, then what is it that you have really done? The second season of the Pen Badgely-starrer dropped on the giant streaming website on December 26, 2019. The show, which garnered praises and some criticism for its somewhat problematic content on how the makers were justifying Joe Goldberg - played by Badgely - for his gruesome deeds.
But Badgely himself never really gave in to romanticising Joe. For him, his character is a predator and nothing more. “It was so hard for me to shoot the first season knowing that we were killing Beck,” Badgley said in an exclusive interview with Entertainment Weekly. “I would even say it. When we’d shoot a really nice sweet romantic scene, after they’d call cut I’d be like, ‘Don’t forget! We’re killing her! Just in case anybody was enjoying themselves too much, remember what we’re doing here!”
And he kept the same grip with him throughout the first season. “At the beginning of the process, I had no interest in humanizing him I was really concerned about letting my own nature make him human in a way that maybe somebody like him can’t be.”
Badgley shared that: “Joe is a very specific kind of predator. He’s a predator who appeals to our sense of morality. It’s like, ‘Well, of course, he would never do THAT.’” But here's the plot twist. He actually did kill Beck, even though he claimed he loved her. Joe's character was romanticised by few for his obsessiveness with his women. Badgely, on the other hand, completely disregarded it.
But in second season, we see Joe as a man who is trying to change. A man who is worthy of love and her latest romantic interest, Love. “He’s struggling with a degree of self-awareness that he’s not had before,” Badgley says. “And this time he actually has somebody who wants to be with him.”