Watch the first trailer for Euphoria season two

The hit show tackling drugs, teen sex and hedonism is about to return. From its trailer to its release date, here's the latest info.

by Kumba Kpakima
24 November 2021, 9:15am


Since the HBO series first aired in 2019, Euphoria become an obsessive binge watch of many — not only inspiring a new generation’s style and beauty aesthetics, but sparking an open conversation around controversial topics that depict the harsh realities of  love, identity, drugs, pain and trauma for young people. Both critics and viewers approved, with over five million people tuning in to watch the season’s premiere. Now, a second season is on the horizon, and the first trailer and release date has finally been revealed.

With new cast members comparing season two to “a long music video” and the show’s lead star Zendaya gravely warning us that it’s “not going to be fun to watch”, teasers for Euphoria’s next chapter are finally coming through. Here’s everything we know about it so far.

Where did season one of Euphoria leave us?

With a series of unanswered questions. It took us on a journey with 17-year-old narrator, Rue, as she navigated her ongoing battle with drugs following an overdose. After meeting new girl, Jules (that’s Hunter Schafer), Rue finally warms to the idea of happiness which ultimately leads to a confusing and uncertain romantic relationship between herself and Jules.

In the final episodes, the pair assemble a plan to run away for good, which Rue backs out of at the last minute, leaving Jules to go away on her own. Back at school, on-and-off again, Nate (Jacob Elordi) and Maddy (Alexa Demie) finally sit down to discuss their toxic relationship and whether a future still exists between them, while Kat (Barbie Ferreira) and Ethan (Austin Abrams) finally admit their feelings for each other.

The finale sees Cassie (Sydney Sweeney) and her story develop as she finally opens up to her mother about her unplanned pregnancy and the prospects of having an abortion, after football star McKay (Algee Smith) exclaims he is not ready to be a father. A debt with drug dealers sees Fezco (Angus Cloud) take a dark turn, attempting a high-risk robbery. The season ends with Rue relapsing after several months of being sober.

What’s the plot of Euphoria season two?

We don’t know exactly what Euphoria season two will look like yet, but in an interview with Teen Vogue last month, Zendaya disclosed that this season’s storyline will definitely be a lot more intense than the first. “It’s a challenging season,” she said. “I think this season is not going to be easy though. It’s not going to be a fun watch.” Perhaps Euphoria will move away from the hedonistic storylines that dominated season one?

This week, in an interview with Variety, 18-year-old actress Storm Reid (who plays Gia, Rue’s 15-year-old sister) revealed that emotions in season two have heightened and we will be seeing a lot more of Gia’s development within the show — perhaps even her own storyline. “Even though I am 18 now, I don’t think Gia is quite there,” Storm said, “but I think she will be evolving as a character and as a human and hopefully get her own episode and we start to see a little bit more of her storyline”.

New cast member, the musician Dominic Fike, even compared the show to “one long music video” when speaking to Variety. All of this, while not giving too much away, tells us that this season is set to be uncomfortable, but beautiful and emotional too.

Who’s joined the cast of Euphoria season two?

All of the show's main characters will be returning for the second season. Season one introduced us to key characters such as Rue; Jules, a trans girl who is new to the town; Kat Hernandez, a body-conscious teen exploring her identity through camming; and Nate Jacobs, a star quarterback struggling to deal with his sexuality. Then there’s Maddy Perez, our favourite muse and Nate’s on-and-off-again girlfriend, forced to deal with the weight of his emotional baggage; and Cassie Howard, who deals with being a victim of revenge porn and having rumours about her sexual history circulating the school.

Season two will introduce at least three new cast members to the show: Dominic Fike, Minka Kelly and rapper Lil Meech. Waves star Kelvin Harrison Jr. was previously set to appear in the show, but dropped out due to other commitments clashing with the rescheduled shoot.

According to Deadline, at least one of those characters will be recurring. Dominic told Variety he will play a “degenerate homie” of Rue and Jules, but exact details of the roles that new cast members will play is yet to be disclosed.

What’s the release date of Euphoria season two?

In an announcement released alongside the trailer for season two (check that out below!), it was revealed that new episodes of Euphoria would start hitting our screens on HBO from 9 January 2022. Mark your calendars and prepare for carnage!

What about a trailer?

You’re in luck! The trailer, which dropped 23 November, gives us our best look yet at the forthcoming season. In it, we see Zendaya’s Rue lipsyncing to Frank Sinatra’s “Call Me Irresponsible” in her bedroom, before the whole track turns trap and we enter the uniquely hedonistic world of the show, with appearances from Jacob Elordi, Sydney Sweeney, Alexa Demie and newcomer Dominic Fike. It might not be the hyper-charged return we were expecting, but if Zendaya’s comments are anything to go by, but we know for sure the DNA of the show remains.

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