"[42] Christina Radish of Collider named Joe Goldberg as the "Best TV Villain" of 2018. Soon after, Joe tells Love that he loves her. Joe has a soft spot for Paco because he sees a lot of his childhood in Paco's. Joe escapes the vault and kills Beck. While spying on Beck, Joe discovers Benji Ashby, her current hook-up buddy and a pretentious trust-fund baby. He believes he's gotten away with everything, having planted evidence in Dr. Nicky's yard to frame him for the murders, and believing he's made Beck's dream come true by doing her a favor. Beck's wealthy friend Peach is suspicious of Joe. Meanwhile, Joe is good friends with his kid next-door neighbor, Paco, who has an abusive home life and is always trying to escape by reading tons of books. Mitchell is credited as main from 1x01 through 1x06. Family

Joe takes Beck to meet Mooney (who has had a stroke and is unable to communicate), Joe's father figure and the original owner of the bookstore. Back at the apartment, Delilah tells Joe she was drugged and raped as a teenager by Henderson. Male He believes he's gotten away with everything, having planted evidence in Dr. Nicky's yard to frame him for the murders, and believing he's made Beck's dream come true by doing her a favor. After Beck furiously leaves the estate at the end of a confrontation to return to New York, Peach discovers Joe is there and they have a stand-off. He took care of Joe and guided him but would also abuse him in various ways that he saw as teaching Joe lessons he needed to learn and shaping him into what he believed he should be. At a stand-up party, Joe catches Ellie hanging out with Henderson and promises to protect her from the predator, having already secretly installed a control chip in her cell phone that he purchased for her earlier. She pleads with Paco to help, but since Joe killed his mom's abusive boyfriend, Paco decides to leave, which lets Joe recapture and kill Beck. He questions why Love is hesitant to admit the truth to herself. During the moment, Joe opens up about the sufferings of his father's physical abuse in his early childhood years. best. Alarmed at Love's ensuing machinations, Joe tries to kill her, but he stops when she divulges to him that she's pregnant with his unborn daughter. Enemies Ron is the only character who sees through Joe, knowing something is wrong with him (aside from Peach, who only suspected him because she was jealous over Beck).

Later, Joe corresponds with a man named Jasper Krenn, who is after the real Will Bettelheim for owing him money without giving adequate documentation and a foolproof alias for disappearing. Joe bails on the invite and conjures a quick lie, citing that Forty requested his help with some tasks at the store. When Joe arrives to the party, he notices a few familiar guests including his neighbor, Delilah, and Henderson, the comedian he saw earlier at the airport.

She hid a gun in a closet where Joe would often hide and showed Joe that it was there and that if he hurt them again she would stop him. Meanwhile, Joe, giving an account of his crimes and traumas suffered in childhood, realizes the depravity of his acts and decides to confess the whole truth to Love.