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Penn Badgley starring 'You' Season 4 release date moved up on Netflix

'The tone is similar but it's shifting in that there is a different format,' said Penn Badgley
Penn Badgley starring in the upcoming fourth season of Netflix series 'YOU' (Netflix)
Penn Badgley starring in the upcoming fourth season of Netflix series 'YOU' (Netflix)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: This Thanksgiving, Netflix's 'You' fans have something to be thankful for. Penn Badgley's red flag-filled Joe Goldberg (or should we say Professor Jonathan Moore now?) is moving across the sea for this new installment, split into two chapters. Originally set to premiere on the streamer on February 10 and March 10 next year, the two parts will now debut on a completely new date which also happens to be earlier than the previously scheduled date. 

The psychological thriller series' fourth season was ordered by Netflix on October 13, 2021, ahead of the third season premiere. 'You', based on Caroline Kepnes’ best-selling novel of the same name, revolves around the question, “What would you do for love?” The series stars Penn Badgley in the role of Joe Goldberg, a man who will do just about anything when love is at stake. Although the love he had last season literally named 'Love Quinn' turned out to be too much for him thus he killed her, gave their baby up for adoption, and faked his death so he'd leave no evidence behind.


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Speaking of the series, Part 1 of Season 4 will now premiere on Thursday, February 9, while Part 2 will now premiere exactly one month later on Thursday, March 9. Netflix recently posted a picture of Penn Badgley and announced the earlier premiere. However, the poster for Badgley's Goldberg's new alias is a little heavy on English cliches. Badgley's character rocks a beard and a seemingly mandatory tweed jacket while Union Jack bunting and red double-decker buses are blurred in the background.

"Emotional baggage for Jonathan Moore is waiting at the claim," Netflix teases in their announcement, hinting at brand new troubles awaiting the protagonist.


As previously reported, the show’s fourth season relocates Joe Goldberg to London, where he adopts a new alias - Professor Jonathan Moore and finds himself unreasonably infatuated with yet another pretty woman, an art gallery director named Kate (played by Charlotte Ritchie). Don’t worry, we’ll still be seeing his librarian lover Marienne (Tati Gabrielle), but like most things in Joe rather than Jonathan’s life, that relationship also becomes more and more complicated as testified in the previous seasons. 

In an exclusive interview with ET, Penn Badgley revealed the series will still remain a lot like before, although particularly Season 4 may look and feel a little different as the show develops. "The tone is similar but it's shifting in that there is a different format. We're using a different format," he emphasized. "It's almost like we're shifting the genre slightly. And I think it works," he added.

"Nothing was the same," Badgley said of 'You' carving its own path in relation to Caroline Kepnes' series of books, "and the writer of the book and the creators of the show, they've always known starting from the same place, from the same point - Joe of the books - if you recreated him faithfully, it would be tough to watch. It would be really tough to watch."