Is Love in season 4 of 'You'? Everyone's wondering the same thing

Joe's back on screens...but what about his wife? Is Love in season 4 of 'You'? Here's what we know

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Joe Goldberg is at it again, but what about his wife? Is Love in season 4 of You, or have we parted ways with her for good? 

For those who need a refresher on the psychological thriller, You season 3 wrapped up with—you guessed it—murder. Now, Joe (Penn Badgley) is venturing overseas to the UK and taking on the identity of an English professor named Jonathan Moore in You season 4

Things are being turned upside down across the pond, as the literary killer is seemingly getting a taste of his own medicine. Why is he being targeted? How will it all play out? Things are about to get very interesting. But will Love be involved? Here's what we know. 

*Warning: spoilers ahead!*

Is Love in season 4 of 'You'?

Despite meeting her demise last season, Love will make an appearance in You season 4. (We know, we're just as surprised as you.) 

Netflix just treated us to a You season 4 part 2 teaser, which shows Joe's back and forth between his fellow colleague, and fellow killer, Rhys Montrose (Ed Speleers). Despite Joe trying to change his ways and put his evil past behind him, Rhys won't let it happen. 

Throughout the trailer we get a sense of how their interactions develop. Then, towards the end of the sneak peek, we catch up with a very familiar face who's reading a book (Rhys' memoir, A Good Man in a Cruel World) in the same type of cell where Joe used to take people hostage. 

"Hi, Joe," Love says while closing her book. 

*Cue the gasps*

What happened to Love in season 3 of 'You'?

Love meets an explosive fate come the end of You season 3, so we assumed the murder-suicide Joe orchestrated meant that she wouldn't have a major part going forward, if one at all—especially considering Joe has changed locations, assumed a new identity—check out our running list of all the Joe Goldberg names and aliases, by the way—and left their child on a doorstep to boot. 

In an interview with our sister site Marie Claire, actor Victoria Pedretti, who plays Love, admitted that she thought her character's exit seemed permanent, but would always welcome the opportunity to reprise the role.

"As far as I know, she's dead," she told the outlet. "I love the show and the people I work with. And this character is a blast—most of the time she's a blast. So yeah, I would certainly be interested [in returning]. But I'm just here trying to come to terms with the fact that it's over."

We'll learn in a couple of weeks how exactly she fits into the storyline—perhaps a flashback or a dream—and we're definitely curious to see what her interaction with Joe will be like. In addition to season 4 part 2, don't forget that author Caroline Kepnes announced Joe's return to the page this spring with her forthcoming book, For You and Only You: A Joe Goldberg Novel, which hits shelves on April 25. 

For You and Only You: A Joe Goldberg Novel by Caroline Kepnes—Available for pre-orderRRP: 

For You and Only You: A Joe Goldberg Novel by Caroline Kepnes—Available for pre-order
RRP: $23.99, £13.19

Joe's love of literature has taken a new turn: he's now a writer—one invited to participate in a fellowship at Harvard at that. When he crosses paths with Wonder Parish, he seems to be enamored, especially since they don't come from prestigious backgrounds like the rest of the Harvard clan. But we know what happens when Joe becomes engaged with a woman...

You season 4 part 1 is currently streaming on Netflix. Part 2 will follow on Thursday, March 9.

Danielle Valente
Digital News Writer

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