You Season 4: How Does Joe’s Glass Cage Get to London?

Wherever Joe Goldberg goes, his glass cage follows. As “You” progresses by means of its 4 seasons, the baseball-cap-wearing serial killer strikes from New York to Los Angeles to (the fictional) Madre Linda to London, trapping a lot of his victims in a clear chamber at every new locale. When Joe’s cage reemerges in season 4 with a wide-eyed Marienne Bellamy locked inside, my first ideas have been, “Maintain up, how the hell did this factor make all of it the best way from California to England in a single piece? Did it journey by aircraft? Boat? Did Joe get TSA PreCheck for it?” With these questions pestering me and plenty of different followers, I did a deep dive to dissect what I am formally referring to as “The Mysterious Case of Joe Goldberg’s World-Touring Glass Cage.”

Let’s throw it again to the cage’s first look: in season one, the glass construction serves as a temperature-controlled area to retailer uncommon books within the basement of Mr. Mooney’s bookstore. He usually shut Joe inside to show him numerous classes all through his childhood, which clearly rubs off on Joe’s psyche.

Upon fleeing to Los Angeles, Joe imprisons hacker Will Bettelheim in an identical vault and shares that he rebuilt it himself inside a storage unit. “With out Mr. Mooney’s assist, it took two full days to place this factor collectively. . . . Three-quarter-inch plexi’s a beast,” he says, referencing the plexiglass’s thickness. Although the field could look equivalent to the one featured in season one, there are refined variations — there’s now an inside deal with on the door, and the hatch for delivering meals is positioned larger up. (Sure, I painstakingly in contrast all 4 cages . . . y’know, for analysis.)

A number of victims later, Joe relocates to the California suburb of Madre Linda for season three. In episode two, he and spouse, Love, are briefly seen carrying a big piece of glass into the basement of their new bakery to — you guessed it — construct one other freakin’ cage. Once more, there are minute variations with Joe’s newest holding cell, such because the hatch deal with being positioned on the other aspect.

You. Tati Gabrielle as Marienne in episode 407 of You. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2023

Does Amazon promote a DIY glass-cage package?

These observations primarily affirm that Joe constructed the cage from scratch earlier than capturing Marienne in season 4 fairly than having it shipped throughout the pond absolutely intact. Many viewers assumed the latter was the case, with one particular person tweeting, “Bruh. How did Joe get the cage all the best way to London? I want solutions!” and many others airing comparable confusion. Even with that element cleared up, we nonetheless want extra solutions. For one, the place on earth does Joe buy the cage supplies? Does Amazon promote a DIY glass-cage package? Or does he solely store native, perusing {hardware} shops in every new metropolis? I am additionally curious in regards to the pricing — it certain would not look low-cost, and Joe’s presupposed to be residing on a professor’s wage in London.

Logistically talking, the vaults appear like a ache to place collectively. Seeing as Joe was visibly struggling to hold a single glass pane with Love’s assist in season two, are we actually anticipated to imagine he moved a number of panes down the steps of the deserted constructing all by himself in season 4? And even earlier than that, how may he have repeatedly entered the caution-tape-strewn constructing a number of instances along with his supplies in tow with out alarming passersby? The individuals have to know. (It is me. I am the individuals.)

On the finish of the day, this will simply be a “You” plot gap that perpetually goes unaddressed. However at the very least it gives a clue for season 5, ought to Netflix renew the sequence: that rattling cage will seemingly be popping again up within the Massive Apple, the place all of it started.

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