Netflix’s YOU has a different ending to the book – why it changed

YOU on Netflix has set tongues a-wagging.

The new psychological thriller series sees bookstore manager Joe (Penn Badgley) fall madly in love with wannabe author Guinevere Beck (Elizabeth Lail), to the point of deadly obsession.

As Joe uses every means necessary to install himself as a necessity in Beck’s life, we begin to wonder just how far his case of mad love will take him.

The series reaches a dramatic conclusion at the end of its first season, but just how close is it to the end of the original novel by Caroline Kepnes?

The novel YOU was first released in 2014, followed by its sequel Hidden Bodies in 2016.

We’ve taken a look at what changes the series YOU made and what they kept the same.

Warning: Spoilers for season one of YOU

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Netflix's YOU has a different ending to the book - why it changed

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The broad strokes for the series end in the same way.

Joe seems to kill Beck and pin her murder on therapist Nicky (John Stamos), returning to normal life.

The series, however, takes a major detour from the book in that it adds Joe’s young ward Paco to the mix, as he refuses to free Beck when she has the chance of escape.

Additionally, in the book, the final scene has Joe spot another potential love interest – and victim – named Amy.

This appears to hint that the cycle of obsession and murder will continue, but just when it appears the series will end the same way – the show pulls the rug out from under us!

The girl that catches his attention turns out to be his ex-girlfriend Candace, who we and he thought was dead.

The show’s creator Sera Gamble discussed the change with The Hollywood Reporter .

"We started by talking about how people would presume that he has killed her and be increasingly convinced that he had done so the more that they know about Joe throughout the season."

"So we just wanted to do something more surprising and realise that she was such a substantial and interesting character."

We can’t wait to see what Candace has in store for Joe in season two, based on the following novel Hidden Bodies.

We do, however, expect some major changes if she is being included.

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YOU season one is currently available on Netflix.