Euphoria season 2: Release date, cast, plot, trailer and everything you need to know

Euphoria season 2 Trailer is finally here (watch above) – The Emmy-winning HBO teen drama is set to end a two-and-a-half-year gap between seasons when it returns in early 2022.

Euphoria’s first season premiered in June 2019, and was such a massive success that it was renewed for a second season before the first had even aired its finale. 

To help you countdown to the premiere, here is everything we know about Euphoria season 2.

The Premiere Date

Euphoria already has an official release date for its second season, which will be on Sunday, January 9, 2022. The last episode of season 1 had aired on HBO on August 4, 2019.

Only the first episode of Euphoria season 2 will be available next January 9, subsequent episodes will be released weekly live on HBO or HBO Max at 9 pm ET every Sunday. In total, the series will feature eight episodes.

The Returning Cast

Euphoria can be credited in introducing viewers to a swath of young talent, though the series is headlined by someone most viewers were already familiar with, Zendaya. Playing MJ in Marvel/Sony’s Tom Holland-led Spider-Man movies (including most recently in Spider-Man: No Way Home), as well as other titles like The Greatest Showman and 2021’s DuneEuphoria further solidified Zendaya’s star power. It also affirmed for any doubters her talent, as the actress won the 2020 Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for playing Rue, the youngest winner of that category in Emmy history.

The Euphoria supporting cast was also full of breakout performers, including Hunter Schafer as Jules, Sydney Sweeney as Cassie, Jacob Elordi as Nate, Maude Apatow as Lexi, Alexa Demie as Maddy, Barbie Ferreira as Kat, Javon Walton as Ashtray, Angus Cloud as Fezco, Nika King as Leslie, Algee Smith as Chris, Storm Reid as Gia and Austin Abrams as Ethan, all of whom are returning as series regulars. 

Also returning for Euphoria season 2 are Eric Dane as Cal and Colman Domingo as Ali.\

The Newbies

Variety reported that Minka KellyDominic Fike and Demetrius “Lil Feech” Flenory Jr. were cast in season 2. Fike described his character as a “homie” who spends time with Rue and Jules, but added that he’s also a “degenerate.” Kelvin Harrison Jr., who was originally supposed to star in season 1, will also join the ensemble in the new episodes. Lil Nas X won’t return due he’s busy finishing his album.

Dominic Fike

What will Euphoria season 2 be about?

Beyond all of the teenage sex, drugs and drama of Euphoria season 1, at the heart of it was the relationship between Rue, who when the series begins is coming back home from rehab, and Jules a new girl in school that Rue immediately falls for. Finding it easier to stay clean when she is with Jules, Rue puts a lot of weight into their relationship, which makes it all the more difficult when Jules reveals that she actually has feelings for another person.

Suburban face-off … Hunter Schafer and Zendaya in Euphoria. Photograph: HBO

In the season 1 finale, Rue tries to solve this problem by suggesting she and Jules run away together to the city. However, it is Rue who ultimately decides not to go, not wanting to leave her sister and mother. When Rue returns home she relapses.

HBO is unsurprisingly being mum on where exactly Rue and the storylines of the other kids of East Highland will got, but here is the official synopsis:

“Amidst the intertwining lives in the town of East Highland, 17-year-old Rue must find hope while balancing the pressures of love, loss, and addiction.”

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