The long-awaited series premiered in 2019 on HBO and received rave reviews from both audiences and critics. Euphoria was written and created by Sam Levinson, who previously wrote the HBO movie, Magician of lies. Levinson is undoubtedly a talented writer and director from whom we can expect great things in the future.
Euphoria follows the lives and struggles of a group of Gen-Z high school students. Zendaya plays the lead as Rue, a drug addict, alongside a cast of talented young actors including Maude Apatow, Alexa Demie, Jacob Elordi, and many more. We have yet to watch a coming-of-age series about high school like this one. Euphoria gives you a brutally honest look at what life is like for our youth today.
The series is set in Los Angeles and addresses many topics such as drugs, love, sex, and personal identity. Jules’ (Hunter Schafer) character becomes the main focus of the show when she and Rue begin a complicated relationship. Jules’ character gives us an honest look at the struggles transgender youth must endure today.
Levinson is a genius behind the camera. His writing is honest, thought-provoking, and constantly amazes us with every episode. At the same time, the show is beautifully shot, full of vibrancy and color, and is tied to the fantastic music of Beyoncé, Labrinth and many more. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, production for the second season was delayed, but fortunately filming has resumed and the second season will premiere very soon.
Where season 1 ended
The first season ended with many unanswered questions about the fates of the characters. The explosive finale featured a beautifully choreographed musical number to the melody of All of us by Labrinth and Zendaya. Drug use is a main theme of the series and much of the show focused on Rue and her struggle to stay sober.
The first season ended with Rue relapsing after deciding at the last minute not to run away with Jules to the big city. The fates of the other characters are also unknown. The series provided us with a series of cliffhangers. Drug dealer Fez (Angus Cloud) was last seen flushing a large quantity of drugs down the toilet as police raided his home. Cassie (Sydney Sweeney) is going through the confusion of seeking an abortion and Maddy (Alexa Demie) has stolen a DVD from Nate’s (Jacob Elordi) bedroom that could expose her father played by Eric Dane. Nate is an abusive and confused sociopath who is the main antagonist of the show. He’s haunted and embarrassed by his father’s sexual secrets and now, with Maddy knowing, many of these secrets could be exposed in season two.
After the series finale, HBO released two hour-long specials in the midst of the pandemic, one focused on Rue and the other on Jules. The specials were a refreshing look at what these characters have been up to since the end of the first season.
Who in the cast is making a comeback?
Rumor had it that the musical number at the end represented Rue’s death. Luckily, creator Sam Levinson has put an end to that theory and has assured us that Rue is not dead. Another character whose fate was unknown was that of the local drug lord Fez, brilliantly played by Angus Cloud. Cloud was completely unknown before the series and had to sleep in several Los Angeles Airbnbs during the filming of the first season. He is certainly a great talent and a behind-the-scenes photo of a table read with him and Zendaya confirmed that he will be back.
The rest of the ensemble cast will also return, including rising star Barbie Ferreira, who plays the character of Kat, a teenage girl in the midst of a personal metamorphosis. Ferreira is undoubtedly a talent who has great things in his future. Since then he has starred in the HBO movie Max, Not pregnant with Haley Lu Richardson. The cast will also add some new characters, including Minka Kelly, Demetrius “Lil Meech” Flenory Jr., and singer Dominic Fike.
Plot and release date
In July 2021, Zendaya posted a quick sneak peek of the second season, consisting of Rue and Jules smiling at each other in the crowded hallways of their school. The two characters have a complicated, but loving relationship that will surely continue into season two. Although much of the plot of the second season has been kept under wraps, Levinson stated in an interview with fashion that we should expect a brutal season that goes to dark places.
Euphoria It is a very current show and Levinson is expected to continue tapping on many current political and social issues in season two. In an interview with Digital spy Colman Domingo, who plays Ali, stated that COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter movement could also be incorporated into the script. The second season was delayed due to COVID-19, but production started again in April 2021. There is no exact release date yet, but HBO has stated that they hope to release the second season in late 2021 or early 2022.
Euphoria it is an extremely important show that is defining a generation. What Sam Levinson has done is take the struggles and tribulations of the modern high school experience and turn it into a work of art. Vibrant cinematography, camera techniques, and music make each episode a roller coaster of emotion and drama.
Give credit to Zendaya’s brilliant performance as Rue. She gives us a brutally honest description of drug addiction that shows that she is a true talent. High school has changed a lot in the last ten years, and many adults are ignorant of the struggles teens must endure these days. There are many social and cultural problems that adolescents face today and Euphoria is the perfect way to see it.