The return of You seasom 3 has come just in time to give you a scare during spooky season.
We join Joe Goldberg (played by Penn Bagdley) and Love Quinn (played by Victoria Pedretti) as they start their new suburban life, which of course doesn't stay peaceful for long. The plot soon turns a dark turn, as revelations are made about the characters’ past and their deepest darkest secrets.
But fans believe that there is more than meets the eye with Joe Goldberg, and that his character runs has suspicious parallels to Gossip Girl’s Dan Humphrey.
The conspiracy theory is rooted in Joe Goldberg and Dan Humphrey actually being the same person, and that Joe is Dan in disguise. Fans have suggested that the story of Dan, in Gossip Girl, is actually the backstory of Joe.
The finale of Gossip Girl revealed that Dan had been stalking his friends and was the writer of the blog that outed the characters and their secrets.
Sound like someone you know? The theory then suggests that Joe’s character is a way for Dan to live out the darker side of himself, a step further than just a revealing blog.
Penn Badgley himself even commented saying, “dialogue between these two shows, that are very different, but at the same time, there’s this very similar vein."
Dan Humphrey was definitely on his way to become Joe Goldberg
— Diana (@dianamaria_mua) October 15, 2021
Who knew dan humphrey would become such a psychopath serial killer pic.twitter.com/2kvLFNeXTC
— nonotdivya (@ladythunder30) October 19, 2021
Dan Humphrey and Joe Goldberg are the same person and I'm not talking about the actor
— spooky garnet (@MarsyeeBahtiar) October 17, 2021
Season 3 of You gives us a deeper look into the past of Joe Goldberg and reveals that Joe actually comes from a poor family background, while we know the Gossip Girl blogger also felt like a bit of an outsider.
The character likeness is without a doubt present, but could the similarity really be that intentional? Probably not, but it's fun to theorise.
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