Joe Goldberg's already twisted relationship yet finds another twist with new, seemingly menacing characters now entering the picture.
Meet Shalita Grant and Travis Van Winkle, YOU's newest cast members for its third season, as Netflix announced recently.
In Netflix's tweet, Grant is playing Sherry—"a mom-fluencer who appears down to earth, but is actually a mean girl who only pretends to welcome Love into her social circle." The same tweet teased Van Winkle as "the wealthy Cary, who invites Joe into his inner circle."
Fresh blood joining You Season 3:— Netflix Queue (@netflixqueue) October 15, 2020
Shalita Grant will play Sherry, a "Mom-fluencer" who appears down to earth, but is actually a mean girl who only pretends to welcome Love into her social circle.
Travis VanWinkle will play the wealthy Cary, who invites Joe into his inner circle pic.twitter.com/Js70prlmZv
Grant rose to prominence as Sonja Percy on crime series NCIS: New Orleans. Similarly, Van Winkle has starred in a detective series titled Instinct aside from appearing on The Last Ship and Hart of Dixie plus films Friday the 13th, Transformers, and Meet the Spartans.
These "fresh blood" are expected to stir some drama anew unto the life of Joe (Penn Badgley) and Love Quinn (Victoria Pedretti), who at the end of the second season looked to start fresh as a couple with a baby on board.
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Versus the New York-set first season that ended in Joe murdering his then apple of the eye Beck, the dodgy former librarian seemed to have found love and peace in the arms of his latest object of obsession. As "Will Bettelheim," he met Love, a businesswoman, in Los Angeles in the second season. He has been on it, while escaping the ghosts of his past East Coast life. Inadvertently and in more ways than one, however, he has already included Love in the messed up shtick.
Joe and Love uniting at the end, of course, didn't happen without betrayals, bloodshed, and the brilliant cover-ups that followed. In the last few minutes of YOU's second season finale, the couple found themselves restfully moving into a suburban home—only for Joe being drawn toward an anonymous lady from a peek through the fence.
"This is just the beginning, because this is where I had to be—exactly where I had to be, to meet... you," Badgley's signature brooding muses descended in the voiceover, as Joe stared longingly. "See you soon, neighbor."
How will Grant and Van Winkle fit into YOU's story, one that undressed the dangers of social media in the context of modern love, so critically acclaimed it earned Saturn Awards noms? As Joe Goldberg would have it, it's going to take a little more time... and calculations.
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