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Netflix’s ‘You’ is coming back for a fifth and final season

Penn Badgley’s hit serial killer show is going out in style

Phil de Semlyen
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Phil de Semlyen

Bittersweet news for fans of Netflix’s long-running serial killer show You: it’s just been commissioned for a fifth season – but that will be the lot for it and Penn Badgley’s charming but murderous antihero Joe Goldberg, its nattily dressed stalker.

The Gossip Girl actor has helped the show to smash-hit status since it first launched on the streamer in 2018. Since then, it’s racked up both its body count and audience figures in spectacular fashion.

‘You became an instant sensation on Netflix with a resounding cultural impact that has grown season over season,’ said Peter Friedlander, Netflix’s VP of scripted series. ‘We’re excited – and a bit terrified – to see how it all ends for Joe Goldberg, but one thing is for sure: YOU are in for an unforgettable ending.”

There will be one significant change behind the scenes for season 5, with long-time showrunner Sera Gamble giving way to Michael Foley and Justin W Lo as showrunners on the fifth season.

Gamble has already signalled that You would be coming to a natural end ahead of the launch of season 4. ‘It was never anyone’s intention to run this one into the ground,’ she told The Hollywood Reporter’s TV’s Top 5 podcast. ‘Even in the early conversations with Penn, the idea was not to crank out episodes forever; it’s to feel like we have told the complete story.’

Season four, which was released in two chunks, sees Goldberg head to the UK and fall in with a group of filthy rich Brits in a series of exuberantly fancy London locations

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