By now, you’ve probably heard of HBO’s hit show Euphoria. The teen drama series follows a troubled, high school student dealing with drug addiction named Rue Bennett (Zendaya) as she returns to her normal life after rehab. Along the way, Rue crosses paths with the new girl Jules Vaughn (Hunter Schafer), a transgender character portrayed by a transgender actress, and many other high school students struggling to find their identities as they experiment with sex, drugs and alcohol. You can stream the first episode for free here.
The eight-episode series premiered on HBO in June of 2019 and immediately became a cult classic. Maybe it was the captivating story, the mesmerizing makeup or perfectly-cast cast. Whatever it was, the series immediately became a favorite amongst Gen Z. In fact, Euphoria themed parties began popping up with attendees sporting iconic outfits from the cast and of course, glittery eye makeup. The show maintains its popularity today, more than a year and a half after its release.
Fans of the show began begging for a season 2 immediately after the show’s premiere. And as HBO prepared to film season two in March of 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic put all of their plans on hold. Zendaya told Variety “We were supposed to go back to work, I believe, on March 16… and, literally, three or four days before that, they were shut down.” In fact, the cast had already returned to set to begin table reads of the season 2 script. Sadly, HBO says the next season has been delayed until the end of 2021, the beginning of 2022 at the latest. But, there is a silver lining.
In October, Zendaya announced that Euphoria will make a brief return in December with two special episodes. Series creator Sam Levinson hopes the specials will help bridge the gap between seasons. The first of these special episodes, titled “Trouble Don’t Always Last” is set to premiere on HBO on Dec. 6 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The first special episode is predicted to pick up where season one left off, with Rue relapsing as she ditches Jules who leaves on a train for the city. The air-date of the second special episode is not yet known. Both of the new episodes were filmed following COVID guidelines.
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