In ‘You’ season 3, Joe’s wife, Love, has a penchant for jealously murdering women that her husband gets obsessed with. Ironically, it is her murderous nature that Joe is repulsed by and soon begins to dream about being with other women. Merienne, his boss at the library where he volunteers, is a strong but troubled single mother for whom Joe begins to develop feelings. However, to protect her from Love, he keeps his romantic entanglement with Merienne well hidden.
Joe’s wife has discovered his secrets before and does so this time as well. After realizing that they plan to run away together, she sedates Joe and calls an unsuspecting Merienne to their house with the intention of telling her Joe’s dark secrets and then murdering her. As Joe watches in horror, his “happily ever after” plan with Merienne goes up in smoke as Love reveals to her the crimes he has committed. So does Love go ahead with the next step of her plan and kill Merienne? Let’s find out. SPOILERS AHEAD.
Does Love Kill Merienne?
After paralyzing Joe using a topical version of a toxin called aconite, Love calls Merienne over to the house. She plans to reveal Joe’s murderous secrets and then kill her, which Love believes through her twisted logic will help fix her marriage. Sure enough, Merienne arrives, and Love begins to spill Joe’s secrets. The confused single mother doesn’t believe at first that Joe is capable of committing murders in cold blood. However, she remembers how her troublesome ex-husband Ryan disappeared soon after he met Joe, and things become clearer.
Once Love is sure she has convinced Merienne, she moves forward, intending to stab her with a carving fork. Joe remains helplessly paralyzed and can only watch as Merienne unknowingly awaits her death. A knock on the door interrupts Love, and Merienne’s violent murder is averted by her young daughter Juliette who comes in looking for a bathroom. Seeing the young girl, Love has a change of heart and realizes how close she was to killing a mother.
In the tense moments before Merienne leaves, the two women give each other helpful advice. Love tells Merienne to run away with her daughter so that Joe can never find her. In return, Merienne, thinking Joe is the real villain in the relationship, implores Love to not put up with him and leave if she feels mistreated. When Juliette returns from the bathroom, Love allows them to leave, and Merienne never realizes how close she was to getting killed.
After escaping, Joe tries to track her down but cannot since Merienne has changed all her contact details. This shows how seriously she has taken Love’s words and is now likely hiding from Joe. In the end, instead of killing her, Love saves the young single mother not just from herself but also from getting involved with Joe, which would have undoubtedly lead to some form of dramatic violence in the future.
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