Netflix's You Season 2 Left Penn Badgley Injured And A Bit Nauseous

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When it comes to You Season 2, there have been some interesting glimpses into what to expect -- mostly through the casting vine as more and more actors have been added to the ensemble. Returning alongside that super crucial someone is the series’ lead: Joe.

While Joe will be undertaking a change in location by heading from New York to Los Angeles, some things remain the same. Joe is still a deranged stalker in You’s second season. Leading to what has been a draining experience for his portrayer -- Penn Badgley. On shooting Season 2, Badgley told ET:

It’s physically and emotionally exhausting. [Joe is] a lot to take on. Like, I threw my back out on Friday just for this one particular scene.

What is Joe going to do that would cause Penn Badgley to suffer such an injury? Well, the first thought that springs to mind is him having to portray Joe moving a body (bodies?) around. It would not be the first time. Do not expect Joe’s reign of terror to end any time soon on You.

Having framed John Stamos’ Dr. Nicky for Beck’s murder, Joe is roaming free as a bird. Will Dr. Nicky fight back in Season 2? Your guess is as good as mine. However, I think it could be a safe bet. Penn Badgley's You Season 2 teases did not end there!

From what Penn Badgley is teasing about You’s next season, it seems as though Joe’s proximity to death will continue. Speaking about what he has had to do while playing Joe in Season 2, Badgley says:

There are some things I’ve done with prosthetic bodies in this [new] season that were kind of nauseating as I did them, I will say that.

Sounding more and more grisly by the moment. Penn Badgley said this after recounting the crimes that Joe committed in Season 1. Yikes. That is not the only disquieting tease that Badgley offered about Season 2. He also provided insight into the second episode of You’s next season.

Viewers are about to take another trip down memory lane. As you might expect, it is a deadly one. You’s Season 1 finale concluded with the reveal that Joe had murdered Beck. Hence, Dr. Nicky’s arrest. Penn Badgley reveals that Season 2 will revisit that crime, saying:

There’s a revisitation of [Beck's death] with Joe in the second episode of the second season, where you get to see a bit more of the hard reality of what he did to her, whereas you’re sort of, for better or worse, mercifully saved from seeing that in the first season. That always haunts me, thinking of Beck. It’s like, ‘You really did that in the first season, and we’re still going, and people really like this guy?!’ That’s disturbing. In his mind, she’s not even dead. I’m not giving you some kind of spoiler, she’s dead. In his mind, everyone’s still alive because the pain that he feels he suffered at their hand is very much still alive.

In You Season 1, Joe also acted as though his ex, Candace, was still alive. You shocked viewers with the realization that she actually is. Candace let Joe know it too -- showing up at the bookstore to make it clear he is on her radar. Whether or not he was aware of her lively status before that moment remains a mystery.

You will likely set about trying to solve it. Unlike Candace, there is no room for anyone to think Beck is still alive. As Penn Badgley stated, she is dead. Will Joe’s new obsession, Love Quinn, survive her ordeal with him? Stay tuned.

The Haunting of Hill House and now-Haunting of Bly Manor star Victoria Pedretti will play Love. She is an aspiring chef. A Gotham actor will co-star alongside Penn Badgley and Pedretti in the new season.

Penn Badgley’s insight into what has gone into filming Season 2 paints the picture of an ever more graphic second act. The actor previously revealed that he believes his character horrifies more men than women. He also had some thoughts on why the TV thriller was more of a hit on Netflix than Lifetime, the network that initially broadcast the series.

As someone who thought that Penny Badgley’s performance in You’s freshman season was incredible, it will be interesting to see what he brings to Season 2. The first season of You is currently streaming on Netflix. Season 2 does not have a release date yet. While you wait for one, there is a lot of new content arriving on the streaming giant this year. Meanwhile, summer television is also a hot spot.

Britt Lawrence

Like a contented Hallmark movie character, Britt happily lives in the same city she grew up in. Along with movies and television, she is passionate about competitive figure skating. She has been writing about entertainment for 5 years, and as you may suspect, still finds it as entertaining to do as when she began.