‘Euphoria’ is back


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You can find “Euphoria” on HBO Max or HBO’s linear channel.

Baily Plourde, Entertainment Editor

The iconic “Euphoria” finally makes a comeback after two entire years with the long awaited season two premiering on Sunday, Jan. 9. The TV series released its first season back in June of 2019 and has since released two episodes highlighting two of the main characters, Rue and Jules, played by Zendaya and Hunter Schafer. As season one left us with a list of questions concerning each character’s storyline, the world is eager to see what the second season has in store for us. With new characters and an advancing plot, this season is projected to break records.

To begin the season, we get an inside look into the background of one of the more reserved characters, Fezco, played by Angus Cloud. His story takes us back to his childhood, as he experienced a rather unusual upbringing. Forced to grow up quickly by the sudden dip in the health of his grandmother, Fez learns to run a business, take care of a kid and live on his own. Throughout the episode we see the ins and outs of Fez’s life as he deals with the struggles of his industry alongside partner Ashtray, played by Javon Walton and the tagalong Rue. Later in the episode the three find themselves at a house party where a night of teenage romance mingles with the dark realities each character finds themselves facing. Minute by minute we begin to notice a slow building in tension between Fez and the hated Nate Jacobs, played by Jacob Elordi. Both characters brought tons of energy to the screen as they ended the episode with an intense fight scene in which Jacobs wounds up unconscious. 

As the first episode wraps up, we are granted a little bit of behind the scenes with each actor. They begin the interview with main character and executive producer, Zendaya, alongside director Sam Levinson. With an in depth view of the inner workings of the show, Levinson and Zendaya allow us to hear some of their greatest goals for the season along with a few inevitable concerns. 

“There was so much pressure to live up to, I think, what the first season delivered and what it emotionally meant to so many people,” said Zendaya.

  With the attention and hype brought to this series, it is no surprise that HBO saw record-breaking viewing within the hours of the release. The effort brought to the first season was unmatched, with Zendaya being awarded the Emmy’s Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series and countless other nominations for top tier awards. 

“The biggest fear was that we were going to go back and do the same thing,” said Levinson. “So despite, you know, how popular the look of ‘Euphoria’ was, I wanted to create something that still had the heart and soul of ‘Euphoria’ but it looks different and it feels different.”

Throughout the next seven weeks of season two unraveling, the future of “Euphoria” looks to be brighter than ever. The world waited two entire years for this season and the team and cast do not plan on letting anyone down. With numerous season predictions and the talk of every high school in America, this series is known to not hold back.