‘Euphoria’ Season 2 Isn’t Coming Until 2022 And Pls, Tell Me This Is A Rue-se…

*Spoilers for Euphoria season one but really, why are you reading this if you haven’t watched it yet?*

When we last left Rue (Zendaya) at the end of the first season of HBO’s Euphoria, she had tragically relapsed after her best friend and “girlfriend” Jules (Hunter Schafer) abandoned her at the train station. Since then, Euphoria fanatics have been waiting with bated breath for the second season, which was postponed thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. And, sadly, while we now know roughly when we’ll be able to catch the new season, we won’t know whether Rue’s okay for at least another *checks notes* 470 days… 

And here I thought the bigger question was, when are we getting a Fez backstory episode? C’mon, Sammy boyyy, give us the goods. We already know we’re getting some Gia content, according to Collider.

In a conversation with Deadline, HBO President Casey Bloys confirmed that Euphoria’s second season won’t begin filming until early 2021, which means we likely won’t see it until, potentially, 2022. 

To help us with that very long and excruciating wait, Zendaya teased last month during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! that the cast and crew are filming a “special COVID episode.” The episode will be treated separately to the rest of the show and serve as a bridge between the two seasons. 

“We might end up doing a little bridge episode,” she said at the time. “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… so we have something to live on until we are able to go into Season 2.”

Looking back at where all of our favourite (and least favourite) troubled teens ended things last season, it can be hard to see things pick up immediately afterwards. Mayhaps Jules’s little excursion to the big city was ruined by the pandemic or she became victim to a city-wide lockdown away from her friends and family? Will one of the characters not take the virus seriously and potentially catch the global virus (our bets? Maddy or Nate)? 

Will we see any conversations about the Black Lives Matter protests and police brutality, the cultural and social impact of the incoming election or even, some badass glitter makeup looks we—and the TikTok and IG MUA community—can try at home? Who knows! But one thing’s for certain, it’s gonna be appropriately dark and moody af.

Earlier this week, the Euphoria team took home three Emmys. The show’s talented MUA trio—Doniella Davy, Kirsten Coleman and Tara Lang—took home the Creative Emmy award for Outstanding Contemporary Makeup. Then, singer-songwriter Labyrinth won Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for his iconic theme to my depression, “All Of Us,” performed with Zendaya. And, making Emmy history and going against the likes of Olivia Coleman, Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer, Zendaya won Lead Actress in a Drama Series, becoming the youngest person and second Black woman to win a lead actress title. Talk about ✨Queen Shit✨.

Other Syrup faves that reminded us the gays are winning include the entire Schitt’s Creek fam and RuPaul’s Drag Race, alongside basically HBO’s entire catalogue of shows—Watchmen alone won 11 awards.

While we wait for 2022 to roll over, we’ll be rewatching the first eight episodes of the exceptional series (via Binge), and catch Zendaya’s Netflix film directed by Euphoria creator Sam Levinson (the dream team!!!).

Julian Rizzo-Smith is a writer and producer. He also claims to be a vine historian, avid connoisseur of low-fi beats, indie hip hop and Kermit memes. In a perfect world, he’d be married to Tyler the Creator, own an Arcanine and a Lapras, and don his own Sailor Scouts uniform. He tweets @GayWeebDisaster, which is also, coincidentally, how one might describe him.