While Joe (Penn Badgley) plans to start over in London, it’s clear his past isn’t the only thing he’s burying.
You season 4 part 1 ended with the curtain dropping for Rhys (Ed Speleers), Eat the Rich Killer, with Joe ready to foil his plans. But things are never quite that simple – are they? Netflix shut down the official You season 4, part 2 trailer, and while it offered some jaw-dropping glimpses (read: his presumed-deceased wife, Love), there’s a red string that people keep pulling.
In a Fight Club the course of events, You fans suspect Joe Goldberg found his own Tyler Durden.
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After seeing the teaser, many believe it implied that Rhys was just a hallucination. “I think Rhys is just part of Joe’s imagination, and this is a new direction for the story!” wrote one person in the YouTube comments. “As much as I want Rhys to be a real killer, having Joe as the real killer is a nice way to portray him for who he really is. Which is, in fact, a psychotic serial killer,” added another.
Someone else pointed out that the theory is consistent with Joe’s memory loss throughout Season 4. “He created Rhys so he can carry on [to] deny he’s a killer,” said another viewer. “In Part 1, during all three murders, Joe was conveniently unconscious. Feels a lot like a dissociative [episode].”
This prediction gives a whole new meaning to it You season 4 scenes. Rhys even seems to eerily mock as such in the new teaser: “Isn’t it obvious? I want a friend. Someone who shares my interests. Someone I can finally tell all my secrets to.”
Whether or not he really is a figment of Joe’s imagination might not be a total stretch, especially given his devolving mental state. Throughout the season, Joe also sees striking similarities between him and Rhys. What’s more, past interactions between Joe and Rhys fit the theory perfectly.
For example, at the beginning of Season 4, Episode 2, the group is eating together as Joe goes through his inner monologue. Rhys interrupts to ask Joe if he’s okay because he looks sick. Joe tells him he’s fine. But Adam (Lukas Gage) suddenly turns to him and asks, “What was that?” It almost seems like Joe is talking to himself – like Rhys isn’t even there.
Time will tell all on March 9 when You Season 4, Part 2 episodes premiere on Netflix.