'Euphoria' Season Two Will Begin in a Difficult Place After Both Special Episodes

Brady Langmann
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Photo credit: HBO
Photo credit: HBO

From Esquire

I miss Euphoria. Is that OK to say? It's been a long time. I miss the Sunday nights I spent in Euphoria’s no-named, vaguely tropical teenage romper-room-world, where a fog machine hot-boxed every street, and “Blow the Whistle” is canon in a Gen Z high school dance soundtrack. But it’s alright. I had Detective Zendaya, learned the ins and outs of dick pics, cried over some spilled chili, and witnessed the most asinine game of football ever to grace the small screen.

Fear not, young carnival-goers: Euphoria gifted us two standalone episodes this December and January, focusing on Rue and Jules, respectively. That's in addition to HBO renewing Euphoria for a second season back in the summer of 2019. This is all despite the extremely open-ended season finale—where we saw Rue choose her family over running away with Jules, only to return home and appear to relapse after months of sobriety. Not to mention, most of that was packaged via interpretive dance—which we speculated at the time hinted at Rue’s survival. But others have wondered if the scene set at Rue’s recovery group was actually her funeral—which would explain her seeming omnipotence (delivered via Zendaya’s top-notch narration) throughout the series. Thankfully, the two one-off episodes have told us a little bit about what's been going on with Rue and Jules since that wild finale.

Here's everything we know about the future of Euphoria—including what we might see in a full-length Season Two, given what's happened in the recent bridge episodes.

What Is Euphoria Season Two Going to Be About?

The first special episode of Euphoria—which depicted a moving, hour-long diner conversation between Rue and Colman Domingo's Alishowed us that Rue survived her relapse. And it's Ali, the man who Rue mets at a recovery meeting, and later became a mentor to her, who helps our hero come back from her relapse. In the second standalone episode, which focuses on Jules, we see a similar one-on-one dialogue, watching her open up to a new therapist, Dr. Mardy Nichols, who is played by Lauren Weedman. While Rue struggles with her addiction and finding motivation to recover in her episode, Jules recounts the hardships of her transition, as well as her difficult history dating online. (Unfortunately, Nate still exists in the world of this show.) At the end of the episode, Rue and Jules run into each otherbut Rue runs away before anything can really be said.

That puts us in a difficult spot heading into Season Two: After (and if) Rue recovers, you could see Jules coming back home from college during spring break, when, maybe, they'll have another shot at a reunion. As for where we might see Rue go in the next full season? We saw her stay sober for the better part of Euphoria, even while still struggling heavily with mental illness. And even though she may have relapsed in the finale, Rue still grew as a daughter and friend in Season One, choosing her family over her love for Jules. Thematically, it’ll be interesting to see in Season Two: What is life like when you overcome your struggles for so long, only to fall back down after making what was ultimately the (morally) right decision?

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Photo credit: HBO

And what will Rue do when it comes time to apply for college? In one of the more revealing scenes in Euphoria, Rue tells Jules that she’d be willing to follow her to fashion school in New York and do… what? Just hang around and roast dudes in Tompkins Square Park, Russian Doll style? She obviously registers a few IQ points higher than her classmates—so will she channel that into a true passion?

We'll have to wait until Season Two properly debuts to pick up with a couple other storylines, which hit their own inflection points in that wild finale: Picking up with Fez after the robbery-gone-wrong, the start of Kat and Ethan’s relationship (and the end of Nate and Maddy’s), what’s up with Jules in her new town. Bet on Euphoria to bring in some new characters for the next season too, because we’re missing a few Gen Z stereotypes—can we get a tatted Soundcloud rapper in the mix, please? (The casting call for Season Two seems to confirm we'll at least get a sensitive type!)

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Photo credit: HBO

When Is Euphoria Coming Back for Season Two?

As for the future of the show, beyond the bridge episodes? The cast hasn’t offered too many answers either. Angus Cloud (who plays the drug-dealer-turned-guardian-angel Fez) told Hypebeast that Season Two was supposed to film in 2020. But when the coronavirus pandemic began stateside in March, HBO announced that it delayed the start of production on Euphoria. Thankfully, Levinson told IndieWire that production on Season Two would likely begin this March, with the hope of releasing episodes this year. Aside from that, we've only really heard speculation on potential character arcs from the show's cast—like Jacob Elordi (the world’s greatest QB sneak-er, Nate Jacobs), who told Entertainment Weekly of Nate:

“Whatever it is, I want him to have a life and I want it to be honest. I truly don’t have any qualms about which direction it goes. I mean, obviously, it would be a lovely story if he turned out to be a real sunflower and lit up the world. But I definitely want it to be just true and real to his experience and I want it to kind of make sense. And I’m not sure what that looks like.”

As far as where the series might go after Season Two, both HBO president Casey Bloys and Levinson have weighed in on Euphoria's long game. “Well, [the characters] are in high school, so there are only so many seasons it can go,” Bloys told TVLine in July. “There’s a time limit.”

Levinson added: “We’ll follow [Sam’s] lead on that... There is no set plan. But I don’t think you want 30-year-olds playing [high school students].”

For what it’s worth, I’d love to see a dad-bodded, washed up Nate Jacobs fondly remembering his football days in Season 17 of Euphoria, or 35-year-old Fez try to Shawshank himself out of jail. But that’s just me.

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