Why Tati Gabrielle Was the Stealth MVP

As Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley) abandons the higher echelons of suburban California for the bustling metropolis of London, Marienne Bellamy (Tati Gabrielle) is the only acquainted face amongst a brand new solid of characters in You Season 4. Although she seems to have been written off the present at first of Half 1, Marienne unexpectedly turns into the hero of Half 2 when she groups up with Joe’s scholar Nadia (Amy-Leigh Hickman) after the massive reveal that Joe has been conserving Marienne captive all alongside.

Who Is Marienne Bellamy in ‘You’?

Tati Gabrielle as Marienne in 'You' Season 4
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We’re first launched to Marienne in Season 3 after Joe and Love (Victoria Pedretti) have moved to the rich, fictional California suburb of Madre Linda with their new child son Henry. When Joe begins volunteering at their native library, he shortly turns into obsessive about Marienne (Gabrielle) and has an affair along with her. Like the opposite girls Joe has stalked previously, Marienne is gorgeous and good however distinctive in that in the first place, she’s apprehensive of Joe’s charming methods. As soon as they get to know one another, Joe and Marienne bond over their troublesome childhoods within the foster care system. When she confides in him that she’s a recovering drug addict and caught in a fierce custody battle along with her abusive ex-husband, Joe takes issues into his personal palms and murders her ex-husband. Because the season attracts to a detailed, the 2 of them plan to run away to Paris collectively, however when Love informs her of Joe’s murderous previous, Marienne flees to Paris along with her daughter Juliette (Dallas Skye).

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Initially of Season 4, Joe lastly locates Marienne in London, anticipating her to be blissful to see him. He chases her down however finally lets her go after she begs him to spare her for the sake of her daughter. Joe makes a brand new dedication to cease killing and stalking individuals, so we’re led to imagine that Joe letting Marienne return to Paris was certainly one of his first makes an attempt at being a greater particular person and leaving his violent previous behind him. Within the greatest twist since Love was revealed to be a killer herself, we be taught that Joe has been the Eat The Wealthy Killer all alongside and has had Marienne locked in his notorious glass cage in the course of the season. The Rhys Montrose (Ed Speelers) that Joe was attending to know all season by no means actually existed, and was really a hallucinated personification of Joe’s alternate, murderous persona (very Battle Membership). This hallucination first seems after he kidnaps Marienne, leaving him with no reminiscence of doing so and Marienne trapped underground for days with no meals.

Marienne Is Joe’s Solely Survivor (for Now)

Tati Gabrielle as Marienne Bellamy in You Season 4, Episode 8.
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It is a recurring theme that any character who grows suspicious of Joe turns up useless eventually, however Season 4 pulls one more fake-out in Half 2. Joe makes use of Marienne’s historical past of habit in opposition to her and leaves a bottle of capsules in her cage, tempting her to relapse. When he returns, he finds her useless from an obvious overdose, however in actuality, Marienne solely seems to be useless. Joe’s scholar and homicide thriller aficionado Nadia has grown suspicious of him, and after breaking into his condominium, discovers a clue that leads her to the situation the place Joe has been holding Marienne captive. The 2 girls devise a plan to stage Marienne’s suicide by injecting her with a drug that slows down her heartbeat simply sufficient to make her seem useless. As soon as Joe discovers her physique and dumps her physique on a park bench, Nadia wakes her up and Marienne is lastly in a position to return to Paris to be along with her daughter.

Believing Marienne to be useless, Season 4 ends with Joe pursuing his relationship with Kate (Charlotte Ritchie) who’s keen to make use of her large wealth and energy to clear his identify, permitting him to stay a comfortable new life freed from penalties. With the forthcoming fifth and last season simply introduced, Marienne with the ability to escape Joe not as soon as however twice, was the fourth season’s one actual triumph. With Season 4 introducing us to a gaggle London’s largely deplorable elite, Marienne’s return brings a stark distinction, giving viewers somebody we already acknowledge and wish to root for. She’s an artist and mom who’s been by means of lots and is keen to do something to create a greater life for her daughter, so her returning to Paris is the one semblance of a cheerful ending we get in Season 4.

It is satisfying to see Marienne group up with Nadia to take Joe down. Nadia additionally comes from a working class background and notably, her and Marienne are the one two girls of coloration within the fourth season, so there is a sense of solidarity between the 2 of them as they work collectively to free Marienne. It is particularly refreshing after we have seen girls flip in opposition to one another in earlier seasons due to Joe, to see girls teaming up simply to flee with their lives.