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Guinevere Beck was a main character in the first season of You. She was portrayed by Elizabeth Lail.


Beck was born on December 3rd. She was born and raised on Nantucket Island.[1]

Her father was an addict and she saw a lot of unpleasant times as a child because of his addiction. This included finding him overdosed with a needle in his arm when she was 12 years old. Her parents divorced after this and her father abandoned her family, however, she told everyone he died the day she found him.

She went to Brown where she majored in literature. She then went on to New York to get her Masters in Fine Arts.

Beck is a kind and intelligent aspiring writer who meets Joe at the bookstore where he works and finds common ground with him as a fellow book lover[2]. He immediately becomes fixated on her and starts stalking her, eventually building up to a relationship between them. She has an on and off fling with a guy named Benji that she has feelings for and is briefly upset when he disappears from her life, not knowing that Joe has taken the liberty of eliminating him entirely.

Joe soon becomes her boyfriend and they have an up and down relationship. After the sudden death of her friend Peach Salinger by apparent suicide, Beck writes about her friendship and experience with Peach and is published. This kicks off Beck's career as a writer. She also deals with her grief by beginning therapy with Dr. Nicky. Joe's clingy and jealous behavior pushes Beck away, who tells him that if they don't have trust, they have nothing. She breaks up with him and decides to focus on working on herself and her writing.

When Joe begins a relationship with Karen Minty, Beck becomes jealous and regrets ending things with him. She starts to subtly pursue him which turns into a full-on affair while he is still with Karen. He later ends things with Karen and he and Beck reconcile.

Things seem to be going ideally for the couple until Karen confronts her about their lying and cheating, and thanks her for showing her who Joe really is. Karen tells Beck that she likely saved her from whatever had happened to his ex, Candace, and Beck becomes curious about her disappearance. Her suspicions grow when she wakes to Joe screaming Candace's name in his sleep. She starts to dig into what happened to Candace, growing more concerned about her disappearance and confronts Joe with her suspicions. He shows her evidence that she is still alive and assures her that it was just a bad ending to their relationship.

When Joe uncovers that she had in fact been having an affair with Dr. Nicky, she confesses but insists that it is over and it is Joe she loves and wants. He forgives her immediately. The next day when Joe leaves the apartment, Beck discovers his box of souvenirs hidden in his bathroom ceiling, including a jar of Benji's teeth. Joe later returns and finds Beck in an anxious state of mind. Upon discovering that Beck found the hidden items, he quickly subdues her before she can get away.

Beck later wakes up in the same glass cage of the bookstore basement that Benji was imprisoned in. Joe attempts to convince her that everything he did was to benefit her life and that he was not a bad person. After several days being held captive, Beck manipulates Joe by pretending to understand and offers him assurance by using the typewriter he provided her to write an account of how her affair with Dr. Nicky turned dark, framing him for all of the killings Joe had done. Being convinced that Beck understands, Joe decides to let her out but is quickly stabbed with a typewriter key and locked inside of the cage. Beck berates him for his actions and says that the murders will never be justified, calling him a sociopath that will rot in prison. She tries to run away, however the main basement door is still locked. Beck screams for help and is discovered by Paco. She unsuccessfully pleads with Paco to open the door but is soon abandoned by the latter due to his loyalty to Joe. Joe later escapes the cage with his spare key and strangles Beck to her death before she can escape.

After Beck's death, Joe successfully manages to frame Dr. Nicky for all of the murders that he committed, including Beck. Beck posthumously becomes a best-selling author after her memoir is published by Joe, and her literary works are later sold at Joe's book store.

In the second season, Beck comes back as a hallucination. Joe catches a glimpse of her on the other side of the road before a car comes and she disappears. Later on in the apartment after arguing with Love, Joe sees her a second time, as she complains about why their relationship went wrong. Beck makes her final appearance inside the glass cage after Joe kills Jasper, where she uncovers her scarf to reveal the marks Joe left while strangling her.

There are also minor flashbacks of her in Season 3.


Season 1 (10/10)

Season 2 (1/10)

Romantic Relationships

Benjamin "Benji" Ashby Jr. III

Prior to Pilot, Beck and Benji had a rocky relationship. He cheated on her at a party, causing them to have problems.

Joe Goldberg

Beck first meets Joe in Pilot, after she visits the bookstore that he works at.

In Living with the Enemy, it is heavily implied that Beck and Joe are an official couple.


Edward Beck

  • Relation: Father

Peach Salinger

  • Relation: Former best friends

Annika Attwater

  • Relation: Former best friends

Lynn Lieser

  • Relation: Former best friends


Book Comparisons


"I'm starting to think I'm some kind of magnet for like...dudes with serious issues." (spoken to Joe, unknowingly.)

"I had this little mermaid sleeping bag when i was a kid, god i loved that thing. But it started to smell bad, like fungus bad. But I couldn't bring myself to get rid of it. But then I lost it. And even though I was sad, I was kind of relieved because I didn't actually have to get rid of it. It's the same thing with Peach. God it sounds terrible, and I'm not comparing Peach to a cheap nylon sleeping bag... this made a lot more sense when I came to it with Dr. Nicky".

"The more you want me, the less I want you. I know it's messed up, but it's true. Of course you think I'm hiding shit, I am. I am hiding what a complete ugly mess I am, behind this cute acceptable version of being a mess. It's insane. I haven't dealt with the shit that went on with me and Peach. Or my dad. Or Benji. And instead of putting it into my writing, I am hibernating with you. And I resent you for it. I need space to heal. But every time I turn around you're standing there ready to make it all okay. But only I can do that. And if you really love me, you'll see that.  You'll let me go."

"How the hell did you end up here? You used to wrap yourself in fairy tales like a blanket, but it was the cold you loved. Sharp shivers as you uncovered the corpses of Bluebeard's wives. Sweeter goosebumps as prince charming slid one glass slipper over your little toes. A perfect fit. But by the school yard real princesses floated by you on fall winds, you saw the gulf between you and the rich girls and vowed to stop believing in fairy tales. But the stories were in you, as deep as poison. If prince charming was real, he could save you from the unfairness of everything. When would he come? The answer was a cruel shrug in a hundred fleeting moments. "

"For every boy masquerading as a man you let into your body and heart, you learned you didn't have whatever magic turns a beast into a prince."

"Right when you thought you might just disappear, he saw you. And you knew somewhere deep it was too good to be true, but you let yourself be swept, because he was the first strong enough to lift you.  Now in his castle you understand, prince charming and bluebeard are the same man, and you don't get happiness unless you love both of him. Didn't think want this? To be loved? Didn't  you want him to crown you? Didn't you ask for it? Didn't you ask for it? So say you can live like this. Say you love him. Say thank you. Say anything but the truth. What if you can't love him back?"

"you are not special. You're broken. I could never love you. "