Actor Penn Badgley, who plays the character of Joe, says that he doesn’t expect his on-screen alter-ego to change much now that he’s out of the United States. “I think Joe will remain the same. Someone this profoundly ill, disturbed, traumatized and violent has a serious hurdle before them if they’re ever going to heal and change. I don’t know if it’s possible for someone who’s that far gone,” Badgely told TVLine.
Of course, Joe is a bit of a changed man after fathering his son, Henry, whom he left with his friend Dante at the end of Season 3. “You can’t pretend something that huge about a character didn’t happen,” showrunner, Sera Gamble, explained to E!. “I think it will shape him from this moment forward. And even his exact plan of when and if he would return for his son is something that we will come together and talk about.”
As for Marienne, actress Tati Gabrielle says that a romantic reunion likely isn’t on the cards for her character and Joe. “Though, I do think she would award him a conversation. Because, again, her heart was played with, for one,” she told The Wrap. “I think it will give her a sense of peace … And I really want Marienne to like expose Joe, as well. I want that. Just, yes, I need that.”