“You” has been renewed for the 5th season, the final season
Sera Gamble, the showrunner for the show’s first four seasons, is leaving for the final time to work on other projects.
Joe Goldberg’s long, horrific reign of terror is finally coming to an end. Less than a month after its fourth season ended, “You” has been renewed for a fifth season on Netflix, which will be its last.
Plus, the Penn Badgley-led thriller will be under new management for its final run; Sera Gamble, who served as showrunner for the show’s first four seasons, is leaving the series. According to Netflix, Gamble is leaving to work on other projects. Instead, Michael Foley and Justin W. Lo will be co-showrunners and executive producers.
“We are incredibly grateful to Netflix and Sera and everyone who has been a part of this show from the beginning. “Sera is a most brilliant writer and partner, and as an executive producer, she remains a key member of the ‘You’ family,” said Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter, who co-developed ‘You’ for television. “In the coming years, we want to take all ideas away from our company. Ever since our friends at Alloy shared Caroline Kepnes’ fantastic book, we’ve always thought of it as a five-season journey. We look forward to continuing our relationship with Mike and Justin as they take the reins as co-showrunners and prepare to bring Joe Goldberg home.”
“It’s been an honor to create the show with our writers, producers, directors, cast and crew, and it’s ridiculously fun,” Gamble said. “And I feel fortunate to have worked with such a talented and thoughtful artist as Penn Badgely. I am proud of what we have all achieved and feel privileged to have passed the torch. I’m excited to watch and root for Team You as they lead Joe Goldberg’s journey to a delightfully twisty conclusion.”
Based on Caroline Kepnes’ book series, “You” stars Badgley as Joe, a seemingly normal bookstore manager who has a warped view of romance as he develops intense, possessive obsessions with various women. Badgley is the only regular character in the series, as Joe keeps moving locations every season to avoid various crimes; Season 4 also featured Tati Gabrielle, Charlotte Ritchie, Tilly Keeper, Amy-Leigh Hickman, Ed Speleers and Lukas Gage.
Season 1 of “You” debuted in September 2018 as a Lifetime original series to little fanfare. Lifetime followed suit with a second season not long after, and Netflix bought the series and picked it up on its platform in December of the same year, where it became a word-of-mouth hit. After the second wave of “You’s” streaming, Netflix has made two more seasons of the program, which will premiere in 2019 and 2021. The fourth season, which premiered in February, was divided into two parts, and the second half debuted on March 9.
In an interview with IndieWire, Badgley previously hinted that Season 5 of “You” would likely be the show’s last, saying that the show’s creators had planned to end the series then.
“I know the creators of the show always intended this to be the next season, if there was going to be another one,” Badgley told IndieWire. “And then it will probably be a spectacular solution, because I feel that something is being prepared for the very end of the season.”
Gamble, Berlanti, Schechter, Foley and Lo executive produce “You” with Leslie Morgenstein, Gina Girolamo, John Scott, Neil Reynolds and Lee Toland Krieger. The series is a Warner Bros. Television production.
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