Netflix Renews Fan-Favorite Show For One Final Season

Netflix is renewing You for one final season.

By Sckylar Gibby-Brown | Updated

Penn Badgley in You

Netflix’s hit series, You, is coming to a close after a fifth and final season, and the series creators promise a “delightfully twisted conclusion,” according to Variety. You is a psychological thriller that originally aired on Lifetime in 2018 before finding its true fanbase on Netflix. It stars Penn Badgley as the book lover and serial killer Joe Goldberg who develops deep obsessions over the people he is transfixed by.  

As of now, there is no mention of what new actors will be introduced in the closing season of Netflix’s You. The final season will be run by new showrunners, with Michael Foley and Justin W. Lo taking over for series creators Berlanti and Gamble, who are stepping away to work on new projects. In a public statement about the change in hands, Gamble stated that making the series has been “an honor and ridiculously fun” and that she was “immensely grateful” to all those that she worked with on the series.

Netflix’s You was developed by Greg Berlanti and Sera Gamble based on the novel of the same name by Caroline Kepnes and her follow-up novel, Hidden Bodies. The series’ seasons have rotating cast members that start with actors Elizabeth Lail, Luca Padovan, Zach Cherry, and Shay Mitchell joining Badgley for the first season. The second season bumps actress Ambyr Childers up to a main character and introduces a new cast featuring Victoria Pedretti, James Scully, Jenna Ortega, and Carmela Zumbado.

Season 3 of Netflix’s You again plays musical chairs with its cast, upgrading Saffron Burrows to a series regular and introducing Travis Van Winkle, Shalita Grant, Tati Gabrielle, and Dylan Arnold to the cast. Finally, the fourth season of You was released last month and introduced Charlotte Ritchie, Tilly Keeper, Amy-Leigh Hickman, Ed Speleers, and Lukas Gage to the highly acclaimed series. 


As of now, there is no mention of what direction Netflix will take You’s ending. At the end of Season 4 — SPOILERS AHEAD! — Badgley’s serial killer Joe was basking in his triumph, having moved back to New York where Season 1 took place, and was with his new love Kate (Charlotte Ritchie), who had just inherited her father’s fortune thanks to Joe (who had killed him). But where will the show take Joe from here?

Even Netflix is pondering which direction the ending of You will go, as the streaming platform ended their announcement of the series renewal with the question, “Will Joe Goldberg finally get his judgment day?” 

Badgley, star of Netflix’s You, also wonder’s what will happen next, contemplating what kind of ending would be fitting for this psychological thriller. As Badgley told Variety, if Joe is killed, is that enough? “Whoever kills him is brought down to his level.”

For now, all fans can do, like Badgley, is wonder. Netflix has not announced the date of when production on You’s final season will start, so it will likely be quite some time before the final season is available to watch.