You Season 4 Part 1 Ending Explained: Who is Joe’s Stalker?

Netflix's “You” Season 4 is back with a vengeance, as Joe (Penn Badgley) and the audience are forced to leave their comfort zones. Joe has traveled to the United Kingdom in quest of a new beginning and his love interest, Marienne Bellamy (Tati Gabrielle).

However, Joe, acting under the pseudonym of Professor Jonathan Moore, is soon drawn into yet another social circle filled with turmoil and insecure wealthy individuals. As time passes, the deceased members of this affluent social circle begin to accumulate.

Joe quickly finds himself in the sight of a stalker. He must uncover the mystery of this mass murder and restore his tranquil European retreat while evading detection by people around him.

You Season 4 Part 1 Ending Explained

Joe is seated on his couch, watching the news in the concluding scene of You, season 4, episode 1. Someone is interviewing Rhys at Oxford for the news. Rhys argues that he understands what London's residents require. He informs the interviewer that change is necessary and that he knows precisely how to implement it.

You Season 4 Part 1 Ending Explained

Rhys then launches his candidature for mayor. While Joe watches television, his voiceover plays in the background. Joe vows to stop Rhys before he kills any additional people or attempts to bring him down. Then, the end credits roll.

What will occur in You season 4, episode 2? Who knows, regardless, we're excited. Mark your calendars for March 9 for the release of You season 4 part 2 on Netflix.

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Who is Joe's Stalker?

Let's be honest: It's a bit disappointing that Joe's stalker is not a woman he wronged in the past. If you believed that Marianne or Love Quinn would return to the spotlight in order to exact sweet vengeance, you're not alone. However, the plot is shaping up to be totally fresh, putting the shrewd Rhys Montrose (Ed Speleers) against a desperate Joe.

When Joe is first introduced to Kate and Malcolm's group of friends, he is instantly captivated by Rhys. Joe had previously read “Good Man, Cruel World,” Rhys's enthralling book about how he moved from rags to riches, emerging from a childhood marred by tragedy and hardship to join the high society, thanks to his star student Nadia. Joe is all too familiar with Rhys's past, and he develops a soft spot for him as a kindred soul.

As the body count rises — Malcolm, Simon, Gemma — and the “Eat the Rich” killer becomes a frightening presence, Joe begins to zero in on his top suspects. He does consider Rhys, but his affection for the guy, his simple style, and their shared history create a blind spot. Joe is stunned to discover that Rhys is both his stalker and his murderer.

You Season 4 Part 1 Ending Explained

What Did the Murderer Do to Joe?

In the fourth season's first-part conclusion, Joe found himself in a difficult situation with the Eat the Rich killer, who proceeded to take our hunter-turned-prey hostage. After the murders of Malcolm (Stephen Hagan) and Simon (Aidan Cheng) on the show, the group's impromptu vacation to Lady Phoebe's (Tilly Keeper) rural estate was destined to end in disaster.

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After knocking Joe unconscious in the wilderness, Rhys Montrose (Ed Speleers), aka the “Eat the Rich” murderer, kidnaps him. Moreover, he was the only person who knew about Joe's dark past, which he had concealed from the world. Later, Joe awoke in the unused basement of Lady Phoebe's mansion, where Rhys intended to murder him.

Rhys devised a cunning plan to murder Roald (Ben Wiggins) and throw the blame on Joe. Joe attempted to reason and plot his way out of the trap by convincing Rhys that he was on the killer's side, but Rhys saw through the deceit and set the basement on fire, leaving Joe and Roald to perish.

Before they could perish, however, Kate (Charlotte Ritchie) reached the basement and assisted in rescuing the pair. In addition to saving Joe's life, it was hinted that Kate would soon discover his true identity.