Joe and Love from You is the most toxic couple in Netflix original series history

You season 3 - Credit: Netflix
You season 3 - Credit: Netflix /

Now that we’ve settled in good in 2022, it’s time to look back at the best and worst moments from Netflix in the past year. There were so many shows and movies released in 2021, and we’re picking which shows, movies, and stars we think are worthy of winning a Netflix Life Award, otherwise known as the Besties. The category that’s up next is Most Toxic Couple, and you know we had to give it to Joe and Love from You. It doesn’t get any more toxic than this pairing.

Individually, Joe and Love are complicated people, but the two as a pairing is just wrong on so many levels. We’re introduced to Joe (Penn Badgley) in the first season of You, and we’re immediately fascinated by the multidimensional character. He’s charming yet dangerous, and for some odd reason, many fans (myself included) just can’t stop fawning over him.

We find out that Joe is a serial killer but still root for him and hope that he finds love (no pun intended). Then, here comes Love (Victoria Pedretti) in season 2, and we think that just maybe Joe has found his person and will change his ways. Nope! Think again! Joe met his match in Love, and we’re not talking about a match made in heaven. More like a match made in hell. The odd pairing tries their hardest to make their relationship work, but their problems all come to a head in the explosive season 3 finale.

So without further ado, we present the Besties Award for Most Toxic Couple to You’s Joe and Love, and here’s why we think they’re deserving of this award.

You’s Joe and Love are two murderous psychopaths

This is toxicity at its worst. Joe killed multiple people in seasons 1 and 2 but made it his mission to stop for the sake of Henry in season 3. On the other hand, Love couldn’t seem to stop her murderous tendencies and killed anyone who showed interest in Joe or just anyone she thought was causing harm to her family. And because Joe wants to protect his son, he covers up all of Love’s murders, making him an accomplice.

Although Joe vowed that he’d stop killing people, he would eventually start up again because it’s in his nature. We see the killing cycle start up again when he meets Marienne.

Joe meets and becomes obsessed with Marienne and returns to his old ways of being a serial killer because once a psychopath, always a psychopath. Unfortunately for Joe, his interest in Marienne doesn’t go unnoticed by Love, and there’s a final showdown between Joe and Love that ends deadly.

I mean, we all saw it coming. Love’s jealousy had reached a boiling point, and the relationship was coming to an end. The only way out of the relationship is if one of them dies. So the final showdown was bound to happen.

Joe never loved Love

Joe never really loved Love. He possesses a savior complex and thought that Love needed saving. But once Joe found out that Love had a dark side and didn’t need protection, his “love” for her died. Joe realizes that Love isn’t his soulmate and that Marienne is instead, but in actuality, Joe is incapable of love.

Joe has this idea of a perfect woman in his head, and once he thinks he’s found her, he obsesses and stalks her. But when the woman doesn’t live up to his fantasies, he falls out of love, kills the woman, and finds a new obsession. It’s a never-ending cycle, and Love just happened to be a part of it.

It’s toxic that Joe stayed in the relationship with Love even though he never loved her. He realized that the relationship would never work at the end of season 2 but stayed with her because of Henry. Also, Love knew that Joe was completely checked out of the relationship but still forced it.

Joe and Love might have been each others equal, but they could never truly work out as a couple. Joe is unable to love and Love is “too crazy” for Joe. Love was going to continue killing anyone who got close to Joe, and Joe wasn’t going to be able to take it for much longer. Somebody was going to die, and we saw this in the season 3 finale.

Joe and Love from You is hands down the most toxic couple, and no other couple could top their toxicity on Netflix!

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