Spoiler alert: This article contains major spoilers for Season 4, Part 2 of You.
Following the eat-the-rich killer reveal at the end of Season 4, Part 1 of You, everyone's favorite serial killer, Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley), vows to take down the culprit, Rhys Montrose (Ed Speleers), and put a stop to his murderous ways once and for all.
With the second part now streaming on Netflix, does Joe succeed? Better yet, does he kill Rhys?
In an exclusive interview with Distractify, English actor Ed Speleers opened up about his character's fate and if he makes it out of Season 4 alive. Plus, he spoke about the major plot twist no one, and we mean no one, saw coming.
So, does Rhys die in 'You' Season 4?
In the final moments of Episode 7, titled "Good Man, Cruel World," Joe locates the countryside cottage where Rhys has gone into hiding. The serial stalker approaches and tortures him for Marienne's location — Rhys pleads his innocence, but Joe kills him by strangling him to death ... only to then learn he never knew Rhys.
Wait, what?! As it turns out, Rhys is simply a figment of Joe's imagination ... well, sort of.
The author and mayoral candidate does really exist, but he's not the eat-the-rich killer and he's never actually interacted with Joe like Part 1 leads viewers to believe. Instead, Joe is disassociating and projecting the most vicious parts of himself onto Rhys. Thus, the Rhys he talks to is very much a hallucination.
Ed Speleers said the twist allowed him to "throw my weight behind the character."
Of course, Distractify had to ask Ed Speleers about the major plot twist and Rhys's involvement! When asked about his initial reaction to Rhys being a figment of Joe's imagination, Ed told Distractify he was "very excited."
"I loved it, and I think I couldn't have taken on a role like this if I didn't know where it was going to and where we come from," he said. "So I mean, I'm just kind of in awe of the mind that can come up with that idea because he's great, brilliant, it's refreshing ... we may have seen similar things take place before — people mentioned Fight Club — but I feel that this is very different."
"It was an opportunity to delve deep into [a] complete loony mind, really, and try and understand what on earth [Joe's] up to and why he's up to it," Ed exclusively told us. "I had the chance to have so much fun playing that kind of role, which sounds strange considering what he is trying to orchestrate through Joe, but in the world we're in, it was a lot of fun."
Ed continued, "I think some of the dialogue presented to me just allowed me to really throw my weight behind the character [and] behind the story. I loved the fact that, because I didn't focus on what was necessarily happening and what his sort of existence was, I allowed myself to feel quite unshackled and to relish how he was operating and how he was manipulating Joe."
"Even when [Rhys is] manipulating him, he's always trying to do with a quip; he's always trying to find a touch of humor," Ed told Distractify. "This humor is always thrown in — to which I mean, props to [the writers] for doing that because they always find a way to do that ... and I think Rhys had that in bucket loads, so I was very fortunate with that."
You Season 4, Part 2 is now streaming on Netflix.