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You. (L to R) Charlotte Ritchie as Kate, Penn Badgley as Joe in episode 405 of You. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2022

The stalker has become the stalked in season four of You. Overnight Netflix released the trailer to the upcoming release which will see the fourth season broken up into two parts. The first instalment will be released in early February with Penn Badgley reprising his role as the sociopath killer Joe, as he attempts to overcome his dangerous addiction.

The new season takes place in London where Joe assumes the identity of Professor Johnathan Moore and makes friends with the elite (or as he calls “a circle of privileged douchebags”). As teased at the end of season three he finds Marienne (played by Tati Gabrielle). But all is not what it seems with an ‘Eat the Rich’ serial killer causing panic across the city and placing their sights firmly on Joe.

Watch the trailer below:

The thriller drama has garnered a loyal fan base since its inception in 2019 but grew increasingly problematic when young women began fantasising for their own Penn Badgley kidnapper. Uber influential actress Millie Bobby Brown referred to season one Joe as “romantic” which turned out to be pretty controversial across social media.

“So I just started that new show You… He’s not creepy, he’s in love with her and it’s okay… By the way, I know everybody is gonna say ‘Ahhh, he’s a stalker, why would you support that?!’ But like, he’s in love with her… just watch the show and don’t judge me on my opinion,” she said in an Instagram story at the time.

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You. Penn Badgley as Joe Goldberg in episode 401 of You. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2022

For showrunner Sera Gamble, Brown wasn’t too far off in recognising the intentions of the series. “Our romantic notion of what love is supposed to be is a little bit unhealthy because of the culture,” she told GRAZIA in an old interview. “The show is a fun way to explore that from the perspective of a guy who has taken things way too far. But his intentions seem to be pretty closely aligned with many of us – he wants to meet the right person, he wants to be a good partner, he wants to love and be loved – he is just a little unhinged about it.”

Season four of You will release in two parts. Part one will premiere on Netflix from February 9 and part two will see a release on March 9.