The following story contains major spoilers from the third season of “You.”
Love Quinn is not patient. She is not kind. She is full of envy. And she is quite easily angered. She is the opposite of society’s lyrical definitions of love.
But in the twisted world of “You,” Love’s warped understanding of love makes sense. Just like her husband, Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley), Love (Victoria Pedretti) views intimate relationships through a distorted lens. We’re talking Salvador Dalí levels of distorted.
In Season 3 of the series, premiering today on Netflix, Love finds herself with everything she’s ever wanted. She’s married to the perfect guy, has an adorable son and is running a thriving bakery. But she’s deeply unhappy.
On the surface, Love and Joe do seem to be an ideal match. They are perfectionists who constantly seek validation from others. They have cultivated hobbies that they can escape into when they’re feeling stressed or anxious: Joe reads; Love bakes. They use brutal violence as a primary coping mechanism.
And they both have severe attachment disorders that stem from codependent relationships with toxic caretakers in early childhood. But these past relationships have shaped their respective definitions of what it means to love and be loved in very different ways.
From the start, Victoria Pedretti has portrayed Love with a whip-smart intellect, an intense presence and a hair-trigger temper. She so fully embodied the character that the many subtle warning behaviors she wove throughout Season 2 in no way ruined the surprise when we found out that Love, too, was a serial killer. The quickness with which Pedretti’s face slackens and her lips purse whenever Love is displeased is psychotic perfection. And the unbridled rage that burns in her eyes when she brandishes a murder weapon is unparalleled.
For all her physical tells, the key to Love is embedded in her relationship with her twin brother, Forty (James Scully). The twin connection between Forty and Love runs deep: They grew up with abusive and neglectful parents, so they clung to each other for support throughout childhood and into adulthood. But as the female sibling, Love was placed in the role of caretaker to Forty. A fierce protective instinct and total lack of parental guidance are what led her …….