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'Euphoria' Season 2 | HBO Release Date, News, Cast, and More

The best news I've heard since Zendaya won the Emmy.

Break out the glittery eyeshadow and the Zendaya fan art: Euphoria season 2 is on its way. Fresh on the heels of Zendaya's history-making win at the 72nd Annual Emmys—the 24-year-old actress snagged the Lead Actress in a Drama Series trophy for her portrayal of teen addict Rue Bennett—HBO has confirmed that the pieces are finally falling into place for the series's second highly-anticipated season.

COVID-19 previously threw a major wrench in production's plans to roll out the second season just a year after the first season's buzzy finale in August 2019, but things are getting back on track.

Here's everything we know about Euphoria season 2.

What happened at the end of Euphoria season 1?

The eighth and final episode of season 1, titled "And Salt the Earth Behind You," saw Rue relapsing (in a surreal musical sequence); Jules leaving for the big city; Kat and Ethan getting together at the winter formal; Cassie seeking out an abortion; and Maddy swiping an incriminating CD from Nate's room that could expose Nate's father.

When does 2 of Euphoria premiere?

Good news and bad news: Because of COVID-19, season 2's production was extremely delayed—as in, it hasn't even started filming yet despite original targets to premiere season 2 this year. Following the 2020 Emmys, HBO president Casey Bloys told Deadline that Euphoria will likely begin filming season 2 in "early 2021." (So expect a premiere date of late 2021 or early 2022.)

But Bloys also confirmed to Deadline that to help bridge the extremely long gap between seasons 1 and 2, production is planning a “special COVID episode.”

Zendaya first hinted at the bridge episode during an interview in August on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

“I don’t really know how to describe it, but an episode that we can do with a limited amount of people in a safer environment," she said at the time. "Because we also miss Euphoria, as the people who create it, too."

A week or so after that interview, Zendaya posted a picture on social media of her character Rue's signature Converse sneakers, making fans think she had perhaps started shooting the episode already.

zendaya and hunter schafer as rue and jules, respectively, in euphoria season 1
Zendaya and Hunter Schafer as Rue and Jules, respectively, in Euphoria season 1.


What will Euphoria season 2 be about?

In July 2019, HBO announced that the second season had been greenlit, even before the first season had finished its run.

“Euphoria creator Sam Levinson has built an incredible world with an extraordinary cast led by the supremely talented Zendaya,” Francesca Orsi, EVP, HBO Programming, said in a statement obtained by EW. “We are so grateful that he chose HBO as the home for this groundbreaking series. We look forward to following these complex characters as their journeys continue through the challenging world they inhabit.”

And in an interview with InStyle, Zendaya confirmed that a "beautiful" second season had been written. But no other concrete plot details have been shared yet.

kat hernandez barbara ferreira in season 1 of euphoria
Kat Hernandez (Barbara Ferreira) in season 1 of Euphoria.


Will the whole cast of Euphoria return for season 2?

Despite Fezco (Angus Cloud) and Rue's season 1 arcs ending on a cliffhanger, it's safe to assume both, especially newly-minted Emmy-winner Zendaya, will return to the show. Showrunner Sam Levinson previously confirmed that Rue didn't die in the finale.

"I think Rue has a big journey ahead of her, and a tough one," he told The Hollywood Reporter in 2019, adding, "It's not something I want to cut short because of who Rue means to me as someone who has battled with addiction and come out the other side, and because I think that there's a lot more to delve into and unpack in terms of the effects of addiction on Rue and on her family and those around her. The possibilities are endless in many ways."

And while season 1 ended with Jules hopping a train out of town, Hunter Schafer spoke to EW about her hopes for her character's season 2 arc, seemingly confirming she'll also be reprising her role.

"I think I want to continue to see Jules work on herself in that she’s still got some major issues, and to continue to dissect that and feel it out," Schafer said. "I think she learns from experiencing things. And so to experience what she needs to, without being messy, that’s from the sort of loving parent/sister relationship I feel like I have with her. That’s what I want for her, although who knows how it will play out. I’m sure it will be more messy than I would hope for her."

Fans should expect to see the rest of the breakthrough ensemble cast, including Barbie Ferreira as Kat Hernandez; Jacob Elordi as Nate Jacobs; Sydney Sweeney as Cassie Howard; Alexa Demie as Maddy Perez; Maude Apatow as Lexi Howard; and Storm Reid as Gia Bennett, return for season 2.

Is there a trailer?

Not yet. And we won't judge if you spend the rest of the year refreshing HBO's YouTube page in anticipation.

Neha Prakash As Marie Claire’s senior news and culture editor, Neha oversees all things entertainment, pop culture and politics from TV shows and movies we can’t stop bingeing to celebrities we can’t stop shipping.

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