I miss Euphoria. Is that OK to say? I long for 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: HBO renewed Euphoria for a second season back in July. That’s 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.
What Is Euphoria Season Two Going to Be About?
So you can expect Season Two to, at the very least, tell us what happened to Rue up front. Same 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?
As for where we might see Rue go in the next 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?
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?
When Is Euphoria Coming Back for Season Two?
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 won’t start filming until next year. They’ve only really speculated on potential character arcs—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—if there is one—both HBO president Casey Bloys and creator Sam 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.