The ending of You Season 2 really has the internet in a frenzy.
The final few scenes of the show introduce a brand new character and throughout this video, we’ll be breaking down the best fan theories about who this could be and all of the evidence to support it.
There will be heavy spoilers here so if you haven’t had a chance to watch the episode yet and don’t want to know what happens then I highly recommend that you turn off now.
With that out the way I just wanna give a huge thank you for clicking this, now let’s get into our breakdown of who Joe’s new neighbor is.
You Season 2 Breakdown
Ok so You Season 2 saw Joe move to LA and change his name to Will. Joe became besotted with a local chef named Love who he began stalking, manipulating her similar to Beck in season one and slowly the two formed an attachment.
Love was head over heels with the character and we later learned that she had a dark side to her too when she committed several murders in order to protect him. This not only included Joe’s neighbor Delilah but also his ex-girlfriend Candace who had followed the character to LA in order to expose him and ruin his life.
Joe wanted to get away from her but once she dropped the bombshell that she was pregnant he quickly abandoned all plans of escape and decided to settle down with the character.
Love’s brother Forty, uncovered the truth and just be he was about to murder the character, he was shot by a police officer, allowing Joe and Love to move away to the LA suburbs and raise their child.
Joe finally had it all, a woman that he loved, a future family and he’d managed to get away with everything meaning that he could live a comfortable life.
You Season 2 Ending Explained
However, as with most stalkers, psychopaths and serial killers, they are driven purely by compulsion rather and we ended the season with Joe looking through a crack in his fence and coming across a new fixation, his neighbor.
It was one of the biggest twists in the entire season and it reminded us that no matter what happens, Joe will always be this manipulative, self-centred stalker that enjoys manipulating women.
We heard the character going through the usual narration in his head that tended to kick start the seasons and we knew that he was once more in a prison of his own making. Joe said:
“This is just the beginning. Because this is where I had to be exactly where I had to be to meet You. There you were with your books and your sunshine, so close but worlds away. I will figure out a way. A way to get to you. See you soon, neighbor.”
Eagle-eyed viewers also spotted that throughout the season there were clues that Joe would actually end up fixated on another person with youtube user Ethiokitty saying on my last video:
The main character’s name is JOE and he’s pretending to be WILL. His lover interest is LOVE, and the title of the show is YOU. 😱😱😱😱😱 .
So…piece it together, Joe Will Love You!
This makes me think that perhaps the entire show has been a sort of How I Met Your Mother situation where we are merely watching the events play out until he meets ‘You’…not you…like…the character in the show that the entire series is named after…anyway…I promise it’s not you…you don’t have to delete Instagram just yet.
We can’t see the woman’s face but she can be seen reading a stack of books and like Joe, everyone has been obsessing over who this is.
Is It Beck?
One of the big fan theories that is floating about at the moment is that this is Beck. The ending of Season 1 left her death completely ambiguous and though Joe was haunted by visions of the character throughout Season 2, we do know that he is an unreliable narrator and therefore he is difficult to trust.
Joe plays things differently in his head to how they actually are and he often recontextualizes scenarios in order to make it appear like he is the good guy and his victim isn’t.
Joe made a killing off Beck’s book literally and she will also likely want to track the character down if he is still out there. She was an avid book fan and would definitely have motive to go after him.
But how was she even able to track him down?
Well you may have noticed in Season 2 that Joe’s laptop was in fact Beck’s old one and if the character has an app installed in order to track its location then this could lead the character directly to Joe.
Where this theory falls down though is that Penn Badgley has flat out said that Beck. I would love to see her return but this seems highly unlikely.
Dr. Nicky’s Wife
The next theory is actually one that I haven’t seen many people talking about and that is that the character is Dr. Nicky’s wife. Dr. Nicky made a big appearance in the finale and stated that he didn’t want to re-open any old wounds when it came to Joe so Forty was unable to gather any evidence against him.
The character did mention that due to his cheating he ruined his marriage and it is possible that Nicky’s wife, angered that Joe destroyed their marriage has decided to track the character down, make him infatuated with her and then frame him for a murder so that he becomes locked up finally after escaping the long arm of the law twice.
She could be involved with Shay’s parents who are still investigating the death of their daughter and as that jar of pee from when Joe broke into her house was never resolved, they could be secretly building their own case against him.
Again this theory doesn’t have all that much weight to it but it is possible especially because of the fact that many characters from season 1 are aware that something was up with the character and that they want to track him down.
The Neighbor Is Joe’s Mother?
Finally though, there is a big fan theory that is taking the internet by storm and this is the theory that the neighbor is Joe’s mother.
Throughout Season 2 we learned the ins and outs of Joe’s childhood as well as what caused him to develop a severe personality disorder.
I’m sorry Joe I shouldn’t have said that…you’re a great guy and anyone would be lucky to have you.
At the center of it all was Joe’s relationship with his mother, the woman who pretty much started him down this life of stalking and manipulation that lead him to where we saw him at the end of Season 2.
Could it be that Joe is actually now obsessing over his own mother?
The real Will and Joe do have a discussion early on in the season that men are just trying to marry their own mothers and initially when I heard this conversation I was a bit taken aback but looking at its inclusion in the context of the finale it does make a lot of sense.
In several flashbacks, we saw Joe end up killing one of his mother’s boyfriends after he repeatedly beat her. Joe grew up through the foster system and it is possible that the entire journey that the character has been on has been a date with Destiny with his own mother.
His mother constantly promised to save Joe from the violent situations that he was subjected to as a child but he ended up having to take control of the situation himself.
Could he have stalked her, finally catching up with her and moving in next door in order to show that he could actually make a family?
We don’t know the real motives behind this if it is the case but if it turns out to be true it could provide a massively interesting premise for the finale.
We can tell from the woman’s hands that this is an older lady and she does look roughly around about the age that Joe’s mother would now be.
During the season there is a conversation between Love and Joe in which they talk about whether his mother is alive or dead and the latter doesn’t really confirm it, leaving it ambiguous.
If she was dead I do think that Joe would use this as a way to get sympathy from Love so we can lean more towards the fact that she is alive and he just hasn’t mentioned her because it would cause complications.
There’s definitely potential here and it would be a massive massive twist if it turned out that Joe had somehow ended up living next door to his mother.
It’s Just A New Character
The final theory is that the character is someone that we’ve never seen before and they’ve just been introduced for the finale to show the struggle that Joe goes through internally and that he will never have a happy life because the grass will always be greener.
This could definitely be the case and if there isn’t a third Season then at least we would end with somewhat a sense of closure knowing that Joe will forever be destined to ruin his relationships.
There hasn’t been a third book written yet but it is in production so it is very likely that we will see what happens with the neighbor.
Either way, though I doubt that Love will be very happy with Joe now having someone else that he is in love with and we all know that she is capable of murder. With her now having a baby and the family that she’s been desperate for for so long it is likely that she will do whatever she can to keep a hold of it so I doubt that she will be playing by the rules.
It’s all fair in love and war and who knows, if the most popular theory turns out to be true then the next season could end up being a battle between Joe’s wife and his mother over who the character wants to spend the rest of his life with.
There’s a lot of potential here and I can’t wait to see what happens next time.
Obviously I’d love to hear your thoughts on these theories and which one you’re siding with. Comment below and let me know!