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This story contains spoilers for the Season Two finale of Euphoria.
Has your heart rate lowered yet after watching Euphoria's Season Two finale back in February? We certainly hope it's come down enough to talk about Season Three. When we left Euphoria Season One, there was no doubt that the focus was on Rue and Rue alone. But in Season Two's final episode, nearly every character's arc crashes to some kind of end, as jarring as a Euphoria needle drop when you least expect it. Including, but not limited to: Nate throwing his pops in jail, Cassie becoming the greatest performance artist East Highland High School has ever seen, and the showdown at the Fezco-Ashtray apartment that we'd like to never talk about again. We'll get to the rest shortly.
Either way, we'll likely—as was the case in the Season One to Season Two transition—see a totally new direction for Euphoria when it returns. Even Zendaya herself might help steer the Euphoria ship. In an interview with Vogue Italia, Zendaya said that she almost directed a Season Two, Episode Six, "A Thousand Little Trees of Blood," but she didn't have enough time to prep for both acting in and directing the episode. "It's funny," she said. "I was actually supposed to direct Episode Six, but then I had to act in it. I didn't have enough time, so unfortunately, I wasn't able to this time around. I wanted to have enough time to do it the right way. So, next season probably."
Since the idea of Zendaya directing a Season Three episode is the only thing helping us stomach the thought of another two-year break between seasons, let us wildly speculate about what's in store for the future of Euphoria. Here's everything we know so far.
When Will Euphoria Return?
In early February, Variety reported that HBO renewed Euphoria for a third season. Unfortunately, the news didn't come with an ETA on its release date. That means that we could either be in for more bridge episodes—a la Rue and Ali's hour-long diner conversation—or a third season sometime next year.
Either way, here's what Francesca Orsi, executive vice president of HBO Programming, wrote in her announcement of Euphoria's renewal: “Sam, Zendaya, and the entire cast and crew of Euphoria have taken Season Two to extraordinary heights, challenging narrative convention and form, while maintaining its heart. We couldn’t be more honored to work with this gifted, wildly talented team or more excited to continue our journey with them into Season Three."
What's in Store For Euphoria High in Season Three?
Let's start with one of the finale's best developments: Rue in recovery. During the course of the episode, we learn that Rue is not only maintaining her sobriety, but actually wondering what she should do with it. (Inspired by Lexi's play, of course.) In that light, you can't blame us for hoping that Season Three shows us the next phase of Rue's recovery—which hopefully includes a full apology to Jules. Apparently, Zendaya agrees with us. "I think that's what we need. I think that's what the world needs," Zendaya added to Entertainment Tonight. "So, if you can hold onto that, if you can bear with her through those painful moments, if you can still root for her, then maybe there is some hope at the end."
What about the rest of the Euphoria crew? A few days before Euphoria's season finale, Elliot—or Dominic Fike, as he's known in real life—appeared on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon. When Fallon asked Fike whether or not Elliot would return to Euphoria next season, he said that he'd "absolutely" be back. So we can safely rule out Elliot transferring out of Euphoria High after Season Two's dramatics, especially because his apology song to Rue seemed genuine. We hope that Rue and Elliot find some way to work through the bad for each other thing and become friends again.
Now, we've only put this bit last because we can't stand to revisit the pain: Fezco and Ashtray. In the finale, we see the feds show the Fez-Ash bunker their full force, prompting the little guy to launch into a full firefight in defense of his brother. In the end, the cops take Fez away, certainly heading toward a prison sentence. As for sweet Ashtray, who likely didn't live through the finale? When we interviewed Javon Walton, who plays Ashtray in Euphoria, he had hopes for both Ashtray surviving the fight (of course) and Fez breaking out of jail—leading to the brothers finding each other in Season Three.
"With Fez in jail, I feel like he's going to get out no matter what," Walton told us. "I don't know how, but I feel like he's definitely going to be able to get out somehow. And Ash is definitely going to find a way back to him because that's the person he cares about most to him. That's what I would want to happen, is for Ash and Fez to reunite. People love the Ash and Fez duo. The Fesh train!"
Meanwhile, no matter what happens, it seems like Angus Cloud has faith in Fezco persevering through Season Three, too. “Everyone can change, you know? He’s just a survivor. He’s going to figure out how to make the best of situations,” Cloud told The Hollywood Reporter. Sam Levinson, if you're reading this—do you really want to let Javon Walton and Angus Cloud down? We need Ashtray and Fez to reunite, with a song like Bill Withers's "Lean on Me" humming in the background. Just a humble suggestion.
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