Everything We Know About ‘Euphoria’ Season 3
Unfortunately, no one will be experiencing Euphoria for another calendar year. On Thursday, HBO Chairman Casey Bloys confirmed that Euphoria, the hit teen drama from auteur Sam Levinson starring Emmy-winner Zendaya, will return to the premium cable network in 2025 after three years off air.
Details about the third season have been kept close to the chest, with Levinson teasing this past August that he sees the third season of Euphoria as a “film noir.” In the next batch of episodes, Zendaya’s troubled but well-intentioned Rue will “explore what it means to be an individual with principles in a corrupt world,” says Levinson. Read on to learn what else we know about the upcoming episodes.
So Euphoria isn’t back for another year?!
Production for season three of Euphoria has not yet begun, in part due to the now-concluded writers’ strike and the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike. Sorry!
What happened at the end of season two, anyway?
The season two finale of Euphoria was, to put it mildly, a doozy. It picks up with the second part of a very meta play written by Lexi (Maude Apatow) about her childhood in Euphoria-ville. Maddy (Alexa Demie) comes to the startling realization that she is a central character in the play (“Is this play about us?”), causing her to go on a slap-happy rampage against her ex-best friend Cassie (Sydney Sweeney) that completely derails the performance.
Outside of the theater, Nate (Jacob Elordi) confronts his father, Cal (Eric Dane), with a flash drive containing all of Cal’s explicit videos, and tips off the police about them, leading to Cal’s arrest. Fez (Angus Cloud) also has a run-in with the police, resulting in a shootout in his apartment where his little brother Ashtray (Javon Walton) is shot and he is arrested. Rue has a heart to heart with her estranged bff-slash-girlfriend Jules (Hunter Schaeffer), confessing her love for Jules and hoping to reconcile. The season ends on a cautiously optimistic note as Rue reveals that she stayed clean for the rest of the school year and is, for once, looking forward to the future.
Can I at least watch the stars of Euphoria somewhere else while I wait for the new season?
Yes! While Euphoria has been off the air since airing its second season finale on February 27, 2022, its cast of troubled teens have been keeping busy filming other projects. Zendaya was set to star in two highly anticipated films this fall—Dennis Villeneuve‘s Dune follow up Dune: Part Two and Luca Guadagino‘s tennis menage-a-trois Challengers, co-starring Josh Charles and Mike Faist. However, both films were postponed to 2024 due to the ongoing SAG strike, which prevents Zendaya from promoting either film.
Hunter Schaeffer, who plays Jules, Rue’s best friend turned girlfriend turned ex-bestie, can be seen in the forthcoming Hunger Games prequel The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes opposite Rachel Zegler and Viola Davis. Sydney Sweeney who plays lovable mess Cassie on Euphoria, has shown her range by filming two very different movies: Reality and Anyone But You. Sweeney has garnered some awards buzz for her role as American intelligence leaker Reality Winner in the Max drama, which hit the streaming platform in May of 2023. She’s also turned heads with the romantic comedy Anyone But You, set to hit theaters on December 23, 2023, in part due to off-screen romance rumors with her co-star Glenn Plowell.