4 Kinda Crazy but Totally Plausible Theories About Candace on YOU

TVGuide.com | 1/12/2019 | Sadie Gennis
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Whether you've just finished streaming YOU on Netflix or were ahead of the curve and watched it on Lifetime, you're probably just as stumped as we are about what exactly Joe Goldberg's (Penn Badgley) ex-girlfriend Candace (Ambyr Childers) was up to in the Season 1 finale and also, you know, about the fact that she was alive!

Throughout the first season, it seemed pretty clear that Joe had killed Candace after becoming obsessed with her in the same way he later became obsessed with poor, doomed Beck (Elizabeth Lail). But then, months after Beck's death, who shows up at Joe's bookstore other than Candace, who tells a shocked Joe that not only is she alive but that they have some unfinished business together.

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So, um... what? We've spent a lot of time thinking about this crazy cliffhanger and came up with our four best theories about Candace's deal on YOU.

Candace - Hallucination

1. Candace is just a hallucination.

OK, let's just get this one out of the way. After he injured his head in a car wreck, Joe began hallucinating Candace, and a lot of fans seem to think that after murdering Beck he became so unhinged that the hallucinations returned. However, if you watch the scene closely, not only does a customer in the shop observe Candace, but the producers have gone on the record as saying she's alive and will play a bigger part in Season 2. This is probably hard for readers of the Caroline Kepnes books the show is based on to stomach since it's a huge deviation from the original story, in which Candace is dead by Joe's hand. But hey, who doesn't love a good twist?

Joe - Candace

2. Joe thought he killed Candace but she survived.

Joe is not great at being a criminal,...
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