An eerie 'You' season 4 is on its way—earlier than fans expected

It's true! 'You' season 4 has been bumped up at Netflix, so you'll be reunited with Joe Goldberg ASAP

Penn Badgley as Joe Goldberg in You season three

You season 4 is on its way—and it's hitting Netflix earlier than we expected. 

The suspenseful book-to-movie adaptation has gripped fans from the get-go, and Joe Goldberg seemingly never runs out of wicked ideas. (For one, he's going by Professor Johnathan Moore now—living in London, no less—which opens up a whole new can of worms.) 

We've been waiting patiently for his new round of dark misdeeds since You season 3 wrapped, and we're anxious to see what trouble he stirs in academia.

'You' season 4 release date

On November 18, the streamer took to social media to drop a few clues from the professor's syllabus: important dates throughout November and December to keep in mind.

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Although many fans got excited, thinking they'd be treated to new episodes this year, these dates are simply sneaks peeks at what's to come in 2023. The professor confirmed it on his syllabus.

"Class is still in session in 2023. These new dates are your syllabus for season 4 sneak peeks," he said according to Twitter.

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Shortly after the dates for the teasers dropped, Netflix revealed that You will premiere earlier than expected, with part 1 hitting the streamer on February 9, 2023. The second part will follow on March 9, 2023. 

This news was bestowed upon us on Thanksgiving Day, so you can rest assured serial TV bingers were extra grateful this holiday.

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Is there a 'You' season 4 trailer?

You better believe it! Netflix has dropped the first trailer for season 4, which introduces a whole new cast, as we find a more "refined" Joe in London. This is certainly quite a change from what we've experienced over the past three seasons, and needless to say we have a ton of questions already.

The trailer sees Joe in a new life, he's no longer the lovable bookstore manager, or the doting husband in the suburbs—no, now he goes by Professor Jonathan Moore. He's crossed the pond to London after burying the past and has some new acquaintances; Nadia, Kate, Rhys, Phoebe, Adam, Simon, Sophie, Gemma, Connie and Blessing.

We hear Joe ominously say that sadly friends in high places, "there usually come others, attempting to climb that social ladder. Some may end up falling or should I say pushed, to their social depths but the question whom." 

Who's in the cast of 'You' season 4?

After Love's grizzly ending in season three, we know Victoria Pedretti won't be returning, however a few familiar faces will be making a comeback, along with a whole host of new faces—plus a new filming location!

Penn Badgley will obviously be returning as Joe Goldberg, along with Tati Gabrielle will be reprising her role as Marianne from season three—Joe's latest obsession. 

They'll also be joined by the likes of Euphoria's Lukas Gage, who will be joining the roster as 'Adam,' along with Charlotte Richie (known for her role in Feel Good and Fresh Meat) who will be playing Kate.

Rising star Tilly Keeper has also been cast, as has Amy-Leigh Hickman and  Ed Speleers, but who knows which of Joe's new acquaintances will survive until the end of the series. View the full cast list below.

  • Penn Badgley as Joe Goldberg
  • Tati Gabrielle as Marienne Bellamy
  • Lukas Gage as Adam
  • Charlotte Ritchie as Kate
  • Tilly Keeper as Lady Phoebe
  • Amy Leigh Hickman as Nadia
  • Ed Speleers as Rhys
  • Brad Alexander as Edward
  • Niccy Lin as Sophie
  • Ozioma Whenu as Blessing
  • Dario Coates as Connie
  • Sean Pertwee as Vic
  • Alison Pargeter as Dawn
  • Adam James as Elliot
  • Aidan Cheng as Simon
  • Stephen Hagan as Malcolm
  • Ben Wiggins as Roald
  • Eve Austin as Gemma

How many seasons of 'You' are there currently?

There are three seasons of You currently streaming on Netflix, should you need a refresher before February. All of them are equally engrossing and unimaginable, yet despite it all, Badgley revealed that he has some sympathy for his sinister character.

"Honestly, I just feel like I would look at him for a long time, and, because of my relationship to him, I would try to love him," he revealed to Podcrushed (opens in new tab). "I'm not saying that he deserves that. I'm not saying that anybody else should do that. I'm saying I would try to love him. ... I would hug him and I would hold him."

If you can't wait to watch what happens, be sure to catch up with the You series in its original format—print! We promise the read will keep you on the edge of your seat. 

by Caroline Kepnes—Available for pre-order $23.99 (opens in new tab)

You and Only You: A Joe Goldberg Novel by Caroline Kepnes—Available for pre-order
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Joe's love of literature has taken a new turn: he's now a writer—one invited to participate 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...

Plus, author Caroline Kepnes has announced a new You novel, You and Only You: A Joe Goldberg Novel hitting shelves in April 2023!

Liv is a freelance journalist currently studying English at university. She loves covering everything from entertainment and politics to lifestyle and travel. As well as writing for My Imperfect Life, Liv has bylines in The Times, HuffPost, Den of Geek, Bustle The Metro and The Bookseller.

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