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Fans Of Netflix's You Think Joe Goldberg Is Dan Humphrey From Gossip Girl

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Fans Of Netflix's You Think Joe Goldberg Is Dan Humphrey From Gossip Girl

Netflix's You returned last week, and already fans have been binging the lot.

The third instalment of the drama saw Joe Goldberg (Penn Bagdley) and Love Quinn (Victoria Pedretti) move to the LA suburbs to start a new life - which naturally turns dramatic and murderous rather quickly.

There were tonnes of twists and turns, and revelations about the characters and their deepest secrets.

But some fans have come up with a conspiracy theory about Joe which hasn't yet been unearthed on screens, alongside the rest of his super-dark backstory.

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Harking back to Penn Bagdley's most famous role ahead of You, some suggested that there could be a link to The CW’s Gossip Girl, where he played Dan Humphrey, who - spoiler alert - actually ended up being the salacious blogger.

The similarities are hard to ignore... (Credit: Netflix/ The CW)
The similarities are hard to ignore... (Credit: Netflix/ The CW)

Yep, the finale of Gossip Girl revealed that Dan had been stalking his friends, manipulating them and reporting on their shenanigans for years.

Sound familiar?

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Well, some fans have taken the link to Joe Goldberg and run with it.

"Dan Humphrey in Gossip Girl was Joe Goldberg’s origin story," said one fan as they watched the new series.

While another penned: "Gossip girl was the prequel to You imo dan humphrey and joe goldberg are the same person."

Dan Humphrey turned out to be gossip girl (Credit: The CW)
Dan Humphrey turned out to be gossip girl (Credit: The CW)
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A third similarly theorised: "Joe Goldberg is actually Dan Humphrey in disguise, he changed his name and realised that things can be more exciting and more interesting than being Gossip Girl and then his dark side took over and you know, here we are".

"I cannot help but notice the character similarities between #JoeGoldberg and #danhumphrey #GossipGirl ... Book lovers, from Brooklyn, stalkers, manipulative, hate rich kids, think of themselves as lonely and outsiders. Very much possible that Joe is grown up Dan! #Netflix," wrote somebody else.

Credit: Twitter
Credit: Twitter

While the characters are certainly similar, season three of You offers some more insight into Joe's childhood.

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And his life as a poor, bullied child in a care home likely debunks the fact he was once the wealthy son of fictional rock musician Rufus Humphrey, and went to an affluent school on the Upper West Side.

Speaking on the link between his two roles, Penn has previously admitted to seeing similarities.

Penn has now agreed that there are similarities (Credit: Netflix)
Penn has now agreed that there are similarities (Credit: Netflix)

“First of all, any part of me that was resisting the Dan Humphrey comparison has stopped because I’ve come to recognize how much of this is a surreal progression of Dan Humphrey," he told the New York Times.

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"He’s the very special white man who somehow thinks that he’s an outsider, and it’s like, ‘Bro, you’re not an outsider — you are the inside; everyone else is on the outside.’”

Featured Image Credit: The CW/ Netflix

Topics: Gossip Girl, Netflix

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