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There's A Theory Behind The Names Of 'You' S2 Characters Love And Forty

Plus other things to expect from the second season (We promise, no plot spoilers)!
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Since its release over the holiday break, our social media feeds have been filled with memes and reactions to Yous second season, and rightfully so. While the story still revolves pretty much around Joe's obssesion with love (only in a more literal sense this time), the new season brings about a much more complex (and sinister!) storyline that’ll leave you hooked.

Some of you might have clicked on the play button as soon as the new season dropped. But if you're one of those who aren't emotionally ready to deal with Joe all over again, we totally understand! With that, we're providing you with a list of things to expect from the new season—just enough info for you to prepare your heart. We promise it’s spoiler-free! 

Some answers to Beck’s unresolved dilemmas.

The first season was pretty much all about Beck and her woes (particularly one pertaining to Joe's ex-girlfriend), and even so, we've been left with a lot of loose ends. Expect that this new chapter in Joe’s adventure (and misadventures) will finally put a rest to a lot of the questions in our heads. 


Characters with notable names that thicken the plot even further.

Be prepared to meet characters like Love, Delilah, Forty, Hendy, Ellie, and Amymany of whom, you’ll be in a love-hate relationship with. Also, take note of two characters' names, Love and Forty (who, btw, are twins). Many have theorized that their names are a reference to tennis, particularly the scoring: the game begins with zero points, which is also referred to in the sport as 'love,' and can reach a maximum of 40 points. Is there a significance behind the names??? We'll leave it up to you to decide. ;)

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New tactics from Joe.

Joe has left the Big Apple and found himself somewhere in the West Coast, specifically, Los Angeles. With a new identity, new motivations, and new goals, come new tactics from our protagonist-antagonist. Here's our only spoiler (kind of): you'll still expect character deaths in the second season.


Getting blindsided as much as Joe will be. 

This one, you’ll have to see for yourself. But if you've been on social media following the hashtag for the show, you might already have a ~slight~ idea about this particular plot twist, but we suggest you get off the social apps and start watching season two to see for yourself.

Bonus: Social media tips.

As Joe becomes ready to venture into bolder quests, he finally decides to give social media a shot, in which he will be receiving some social media advice that actually does make sense. Hint: You’ll come across this mid-series. 

We highly suggest finding a comfortable spot, getting some snacks, and opting for a restroom break before proceeding to watch. Believe us, you won't be able to stop watching once you start—take it from someone who's just watched the entirety of the season! 









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First. Pixie dust and paper cuts – these are the first things Wendy knew about Peter Pan. Aurora first met Prince Philip when she was sixteen. Learning how to ride a bike was also a first while I was growing up, but you are probably the first of too many. The first collection of dust and stars; maybe Luna will try to ask, who was your first? I might answer and tell her that it was you.

The first of too many stars in the sky. You are the first of too many fallen leaves during fall – and you will be the most anticipated snowflake as winter comes. A dark path that you can’t see without any light, hence, you were once the moon and there are the stars that shine so bright at night. Are we too early? Or we just really want to be ahead of time? Even in a glimpse, I would like to see the two of us connect as if we can reach the sky. There are other parts of the heavens you have never saw and other oceans you haven’t laid your feet onto – but the constellations will always wait for you. Close your eyes, love, close your eyes. Start counting backward: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Count backward until you see the twinkling lights that will guide you to the right path. To the right satellite; to the right person. A first.

There are many firsts – first love, first heartbreak, first sport you played, the first thing you do in the morning, the first thing you remember about the person in front of you. There are a lot. It’s actually up to us how we will consider something as a first. So, Primo, you are already a first of too many.

Bea Alamis Just now

If you know me, and know me well, I am not the biggest fan of idyllic lifestyles. With a Type A personality, I act immediately upon whatever challenge that needs to be addressed. I actually enjoy keeping my mind preoccupied: doing university work in my favourite cafe then running errands around town, grocery shopping here, updating my accounts there, photocopying documents on the way down the street - all just in time before having a glass of champagne at the bar with my friends come evening.

And so, you could imagine my bewilderment when the next challenge to be faced was an extensive self-quarantine protocol. I didn’t know what to do when my greatest responsibility in this situation was to do nothing at all. My first few attempts to combat my consternation were very much rooted in distraction and imagination. My distractions involved conducting research, writing songs, calling family and friends, filming videos, and eating chocolate! My imaginations and fantasies were centred on travelling, shopping, even clubbing (which I rarely do) for when they find a cure to COVID-19. I did anything and everything that could be considered constructive in order to pass the time, mainly hoping I could just undertake the basic human necessities to survive - that is, eat and sleep the day through - until the next day comes, until the world is closer to becoming a better place, until quarantine ends, until my flight follows through, until I see my family and friends again.

Days in self-isolation and suspended flights turned to weeks and turned to months. By the third extension here in Spain where I study Fashion Business, I had to tell myself this shall be my new normal now, that I was blessed to be healthy, that I was tired of merely existing and missed what it was like to actually live - even if just within four walls. Little by little, I began to find significance in the simple occurrences of the day: the soft glare of the rising sun beaming golden streaks through my bedroom window upon waking up, the fragrance of freshly washed bed sheets that I had painstakingly hung to fit a relatively small clothes rack without crumpling them, the crunch and tanginess of warm toasted bread topped with raspberry marmalade, the buzzing sound of a phone call from home just waiting to be answered, to the caress of a fuzzy sweater to keep warm at night. I realised, “What pleasures to be enjoyed in the pause of slow living!” Through this continued pause, which I loathed at first, I began to appreciate each moment of the day rather than wish it would pass more swiftly, moments I had overlooked so often before the lockdown. I started to find that the challenge of self-isolation was never to pause both the regular routines of life as well as the positive emotions that came with these - as initially, I thought it meant to pause all happiness, so as to withstand a time of endurance in hopes for a better tomorrow, much like a form of delaying gratification. Life is just too fragile these days to delay gratification any further.

Life has paused, but it has not stopped. Believe that like any punctuation mark in a sentence, the pause will provide the right timing of things to take place. Till then, let us not waste our time waiting. Instead, we could be in the moment, seek substance in simplicity (that is, in what we already have), And enjoy the pleasure in pause. “Practice the Pause. When in doubt, pause. When angry, pause. When tired, pause. When stressed, pause. And when you pause, pray.”

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