Spoiler alert: It's best not to read on if you haven't already watched the second season of Netflix's You.
Now that the second season of Netflix's You is out in the world, people are processing what exactly happened — and that includes actor Penn Badgley, the Gossip Girl alum who stars in the show as Joe Goldberg.
Again, spoilers ahead about the second season:
Even Penn was shocked by the arc of the second season: “With this one, it was actually a bit of a reveal for me,” he told Entertainment Weekly.
“I was only able to get through the second season because I was like, ‘Well at least they’re made for each other in the end.’ If I had gone through a second season knowing that anybody was going to die, it’s hard.”
He was kind of disappointed by the ending, too — at least, at first: “When I found out where it was headed, I was kind of crestfallen because, just selfishly, I wanted there to be a more positive resolution.”
Then he came around: “But just like Beck dying in the first season, I realized that this was the most accurate, the most reflective of reality, the most responsible to be like, ‘No, Joe doesn’t get to have that.’”
Penn also took the opportunity to remind the world that no one should be rooting for Joe! “Joe is not actually looking for true love," he explained. "He’s not actually a person who just needs somebody who loves him. He’s a murderer! He’s a sociopath. He’s abusive. He’s delusional. And he’s self-obsessed."
"You can’t fool yourself into thinking that he just needs somebody who’s right for him. Nobody’s right for him! So actually, the ending’s perfect."
"This is the way it has to be because he has an irrefutable problem and if it was just like, ‘They were made for each other, all he needed to find was somebody who kills people too,’ that’s not justice. I think it’s reflective of reality because I don’t think people who kill are like, ‘I just need somebody who can do the same.’”
So, that neatly packaged ending we almost get at the end of the finale? Well, don't expect it to last.