Viewers of season four of Netflix‘s You have been left stumped by the show’s representation of London.
Fans settled down to watch the new series when it was released on the streaming platform last week.
While some residents in the UK capital were pleased to see locations they recognised on the show, others were baffled after setting eyes on scenes which were clearly not in the city.
Others questioned just how Joe Goldberg, played by actor Penn Badgley, could afford what would be the high cost of rent in upscale Knightsbridge on a professor’s salary.
Taking to Twitter to comment on the choice of filming locations, one person wrote: ‘Settling in to watch #YouNetflix, and seeing Royal Holloway is a pleasant surprise. Beautiful building but not in London.’
Baffled: Viewers of season four of Netflix’s You have been left stumped by the show’s representation of London (actor Penn Badgley who plays show character Joe Goldberg pictured)
Recognising one location as Cambridge, which is 60 miles from Knightsbridge, another person wrote: ‘Question: why is there a random shot of Cambridge in the opening montage of *London* for season 4 of You.’
Someone else shared: ‘Oh, YOU is fantastic. We have no idea where this university is. Somehow a campus uni that looks v home counties-esque, but set in London. He lives in a mews in Knightsbridge, that apparently is paid for by the uni. He walks through Shoreditch on his way home. Incred. Delightful & silly.
‘(I know it is filmed in Royal Holloway – which is not London and is indeed in the home counties.)’
Remarking on Joe’s ability to afford rent in Knightsbridge, one viewer tweeted: ‘Can only laugh at the premise of the new series of #YouNetflix suddenly a professor in London, somehow affording a mews in South Kensington.’
Someone else shared: ‘I’ve enjoyed every season of #YouNetflix so far, but to see Joe arrive in London and suddenly rent a fancy flat in Kensington is a fictional step too far.’
‘Actually wondering what the creators of #YouNetflix thought when representing London. I don’t even think 5% of Londoners are that well off,’ posted another viewer.
While someone else shared: ‘As an academic living in London, I would like to know how Joe is affording his massive apartment (in Kensington?) on a last minute Prof salary?’
One other viewer wrote: ‘The most unrealistic part of #YouNetflix s4 is how nice Joe’s London flat is – strong Bridget Jones living above Borough Market on a publishing salary vibe.’
Ready to view: Fans settled down to watch the new series when it was released on the streaming platform last week (Penn seen on the show as his character Joe)
It comes after Penn asked for sex scenes to be dropped from You.
The series follows serial killer Joe and his obsession with women, and has featured many saucy scenes in seasons past.
The screen star – who has son James, two, with wife Domino Kirke – knew it would be difficult to bow out of on-camera intimacy because of the raunchy earlier seasons of the drama so he was thankful that showrunner Sera Gamble was more than happy to comply with his wishes.
Speaking on his Podcrushed podcast, Penn told co-host Nava Kavelin: ‘I asked Sera Gamble can I just do no more intimacy scenes.
Confusion: Fans were baffled after setting eyes on scenes which were clearly not in the city, while others questioned how Joe could afford rent in upscale Knightsbridge as a professor
‘This is actually a decision I made before I took the show. I don’t think I have ever mentioned it publicly. One of the main things was, do I want to put myself back on a career path where I’m always playing the romantic lead?
‘Fidelity in every relationship, including my marriage, is important to me.
‘It’s got to the point where I don’t want to do that.
‘So I said to Sera, “My desire would be zero, to go from 100 to zero.”
Respect: Penn recently revealed he asked for fewer sex scenes in the latest season of You out of respect for wife Domino Kirke
‘But I signed this contract. I signed up for this show. I know what I did. You can’t take this aspect out of the DNA of the concept. So how much less can you make it, was my question to them.
‘She didn’t even bat an eye. She was really glad that I was that honest. She was sort of almost, I want to say empowered, it had a really positive response. They came back with a phenomenal reduction.
Season four of You sees the action switch to London and Penn had a ‘great time’ shooting in the UK last year, though it meant being separated from his wife and son.
He told BBC Newsbeat: ‘I wasn’t able to be with my family as much as I would have liked to.
‘Apart from that, it was a great time, I remember it so fondly. I do truly love something of the culture there.
The trailer for season four shows Penn’s killer character receive a taste of his own medicine from a vengeful serial killer as he attempts to keep a low profile under a new identity.
After killing 10 people over the past three seasons Joe is unable to escape his past once he catches the attention of a murder, who is dubbed the ‘Eat the Rich Killer’.
Following his move to London, and new life as Professor Jonathan Moore, Joe battles a fresh heartbreak, which he ominously calls the ‘catalyst for a new path’.
Daddy: The couple share two-year-old son James, who Penn said he missed terribly when filming the new season in London
The trailer for the hit Netflix series begins with Joe receiving a flashback from his ex Marienne (Tati Gabrielle), who tells him he is a ‘murderer’.
‘You’re wrong about me,’ he replies. ‘I’m going to prove it to you.’
Later, footage pans to him in a black tuxedo as he discovers that ‘laying low is imperative’ to his ability to survive.
‘Turns out teaching’s fun and London’s not so bad,’ he notes. ‘I fell in with the most insane, damaged people on earth. A circle of privileged douchebags.’
Despite finding fulfilment in his career, Joe admits to wishing he he had ‘someone’ out there as he stares longingly at a neighbour from his window.
As he fights the urge to rebound, Joe ultimately asks why ‘the universe’ keeps taunting him with beautiful women.
But just as he finally feels settled, Joe receives a message from an unknown number, which reads: ‘Nice jacket. Brown’s your colour.’
‘I ran away from this, but one of you is watching me,’ he thinks to himself while scrabbling to uncover who is stalking him.
‘One of you is hiding in plain sight, so who are’ he asks himself. ‘I just want my little European holiday back.’
Back for more: The trailer for season four shows Penn’s murderous character get a taste of his own medicine from a vengeful serial killer as he attempts to keep a low profile
In September, Joe said he was ‘not the lovable bookstore manager in New York’ ‘or the doting husband in the suburbs’ in a new preview.
‘I’ve gone through a bit of refinement upon crossing the pond,’ he insisted while sipping from a teacup. ‘And living in London has allowed me to bury the past if you will.’
‘Gone are the days of unrequited love and longing,’ he says as Marienne, who successfully escaped his death grip in the past, appears onscreen.
He promises the audience that he’s focused on his work as a professor though a frame shows him creepily standing over a the shoulder of a new character named Kate (Amy-Leigh Hickman).
More new characters pop onscreen including his colleague Rhys (Ed Speleers), who appears to be a professor as well, and Nadia (Charlotte Ritchie).
‘Unfortunately, with friends in high places, there usually comes others attempting to climb that social ladder,’ he adds as party boy Adam (Lukas Gage) and Lady Phoebe (Tilly Keeper) dance together. ‘Some may end up falling or, shall I say, pushed to their social deaths.’
Tables turned: After killing 10 people over the past three seasons Joe is unable to escape his past once he catches the attention of a murder, who is dubbed the ‘Eat the Rich Killer’
Across the pond: Following his move to London, and new life as Professor Jonathan Moore, Joe battles a fresh heartbreak, which he ominously calls the ‘catalyst for a new path’
‘The question is: by whom?’ he says, indicating that he may not be as dedicated to his teaching as he claims.
A whole host of new stars on the show including Connie (Dario Coates), Blessing (Ozioma Whenu), Sophie (Niccy Lin), Simon (Aidan Cheng) and Gemma (Eve Austin) strut around the cluttered, dark apartment.
Marienne seems to recognise Joe at one point though no one else does, and he swiftly turns and walks away.
You’s fourth season will be released in two parts. The show, based on Caroline Kepnes’ novels, has become a favorite of millions of Netflix users and critics alike.
Part one of the season came out on February 10 while the season’s second part will be released on March 10.
The previous series ended with Joe killing Love, the mother of his child, before jetting off to Europe in search of Marienne
Season four: You’s fourth season will be released in two parts. The show, based on Caroline Kepnes’ novels, has become a favorite of millions of Netflix users and critics alike.