Who Is Joe’s Ex-Girlfriend, Candace? New ‘You’ Season 2 Trailer Teases a Love Triangle

*Warning: Spoilers ahead*

We have a love-hate relationship with Netflix’s You. While we applaud Penn Badgley for basically reincarnating a loony version of Dan Humphrey from Gossip Girl, we still have major beef with the show after Beck’s death. (#RIP)

Well, the good news is Netflix just dropped another trailer for You season two, and it features Joe struggling to conceal his past as he creates a new identity in Los Angeles. From the plot to Joe’s ex-girlfriend Candace, here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming episodes, which are thankfully right around the corner (mark your calendar for December 26).

1. Is There A Trailer?

Netflix recently released a full-length trailer, which features Joe (Badgley) moving to a new city and changing his name. That’s right, folks. Meet “Will.”

The problem? His master plan is called into question when his ex-girlfriend, Candace (Ambyr Childers), tracks him down and threatens to blow his cover.

“It’s hard to have a fresh start when the past is on your mind,” Joe says in the clip. Candace responds, “I think we have some unfinished business to talk about.”

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2. What About Photos?

The streaming service recently teased a glimpse of the season two cast. On the left is Joe’s—er—Will’s new co-worker and love interest, who is conveniently named Love (Victoria Pedretti).

Her friends include Sunrise (Melanie Field), Lucy (Marielle Scott) and Gabe (Charlie Barnett), who have no idea what they’re signing up for.

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3. Where Will It Take Place?

Season two is set to take place in Los Angeles, which will be a culture shock for Joe, according to showrunner Sera Gamble.

“Joe Goldberg comes to L.A., and he is a die-hard New Yorker, so I can’t say that he comes to L.A., and he instantly falls in love with the place,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “At least at first glance, this is not Joe’s kind of town, which is delightful.”

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4. Who's Starring In It?

While we do know that Badgley (Joe) is set to reprise his role, not much is known about the beloved guest stars from season one, including Dr. Nicky (John Stamos).

In addition to Pedretti and co., new cast members include Adwin Brown, Carmela Zumbado, Robin Lord Taylor, James Scully and comedian Chris D’Elia.

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5. Will It Address Unanswered Questions?

Gamble also revealed that Joe’s unfinished business—like Peach’s (Shay Mitchell) murder— could “come back to him at any time.” Gulp.

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6. What’s The Plot?

Season two is based on Caroline Kepnes’s second novel, Hidden Bodies, which follows Joe as he moves to Los Angeles and meets his new obsession, a woman named Love. He also comes into contact with his ex-girlfriend Candace, who refuses to give him the fresh start he’s looking for. 

Gamble said the new episodes will further explore Joe’s past, adding, “There’s a lot more to explore about Joe from earlier in his life. Those are the things we’re starting to get into for season two. Moving the show to Los Angeles brought out a whole different side of Joe Goldberg.”

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7. Who Is Candace?

We first learned about the character in season one of You. Although we originally thought she was dead, that all changed in the finale when she randomly confronts Joe, claiming they need to talk.

We can only assume that this incident (along with Beck’s death) is what makes Joe pick up and flee to Los Angeles. But based on the new trailer, it appears the wise-old saying is true: Joe can run, but he can’t hide.

“You did it again, didn’t you?” Candace says. Yes. Yes, he did.

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8. How Will It Compare To Season One?

In a recent interview with Us Weekly, Gamble revealed that the new installment will be “darker than season one.”

“I would say that season two of You, kind of, doubles down on some of the stuff that you might come to expect,” she said.

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9. When Will It Premiere?

Netflix announced the sophomore season of the hit series will premiere on December 26, 2019.

Consider it your holiday gift. 


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Greta Heggeness is a California-based editor at PureWow and has been writing about entertainment since 2015. She covers everything from awards shows to exclusive celebrity...