Euphoria first burst onto viewers’ screens back in 2019 and quickly gained a large following. Fans have had a long wait for season 2 but the wait is almost over. Because season 1 never patronized its young target audience and never shied away from important issues such as addiction, identity and trauma, fans hope season 2 is just as daring.
Season 1 also established many complex characters and relationships and season 2 is sure to develop these further, as well as introduce new ones. From comeuppance for Nate to more character backstories, there’s a lot of possible directions for season 2 to take.
10 Explore Lexi’s Backstory
Despite being one of the main characters on season 1, Lexi often seemed to get overlooked. Lexi is the childhood best friend of Rue and the sister of Cassie and seems to spend a lot of time in their shadows. Although we see some of Lexi’s backstory through Cassie, she is one of the few main characters who didn’t get a dedicated episode in season 1, so it’d be good to correct this next time around.
Despite Rue having many of her own issues, her relationship with Lexi is one of the best friendships on Euphoria. There were some hints that Lexi may have deeper feelings for Rue, and giving fans a look a look at Lexi’s past (and an episode centered on her in season 2) could help them to fully understand the character and explore her complicated emotions towards Rue.
9 More Gia
Gia, and her relationship with Rue, was a joy to watch in season 1; the two sisters are always supportive of each other through the many traumas they face. Gia actually saved Rue’s life when she had an overdose, so she’s certainly no stranger to trauma.
In season 1 though, we mostly saw Gia through Rue’s perspective and through the impact of her sister’s addiction. Storm Reid did an excellent job with what she was given, but it would be great to see more of Gia in season 2 and learn more about who she is as a person. Perhaps seeing more of Gia’s own life, and her friends in Season 2 might be an interesting avenue to explore.
8 New Characters
With most shows, new seasons usually mean brand new characters. Season 1 of Euphoria established a strong core cast, but it’s likely some new faces will be thrown into the mix to shake things up in season 2. Meeting some of Fez or Ali’s families would be an obvious way to expand on their characters further.
Additionally, it seems likely that there will be new students at the school and new love interests for some of the key cast introduced. Whatever new characters are introduced, they’re bound to bring new issues and dynamics with them. Some of the minor characters from season 1 like Suze, Ethan and Ashtray could also be given more prominent roles this time around.
7 Comeuppance For Nate
Nate Jacobs got a lot of focus in season 1, most of which involved him doing despicable things to other characters. Some of Nate’s misdemeanors include harassing Jules, beating up and coercing Tyler, and being abusive towards Maddy, all of which made him one of the least likeable main characters on Euphoria.
Season 1 made it clear that Nate had a lot of issues and may have been struggling with his sexuality. While it would be good to see Nate’s struggles explored more in the next season, he is yet to receive much comeuppance for his actions. In order for Nate to develop further, it seems important that he faces up to his past mistakes and apologizes to the people he’s hurt.
6 Maddy To Go It Alone
Maddy spent most of season 1 breaking up and making up with Nate, despite the awful things he did to her. Maddy shows herself to be confident and assertive around her friends but this all falls apart once she’s around Nate. At the end of season 1, Nate and Maddy finally realized their relationship was toxic and went their separate ways; however, that’s not to say that the couple’s separation will be for good.
For Maddy to really flourish as a character, she needs to keep her distance from Nate, and while a new, more wholesome relationship for her would be nice to see, it would be more satisfying to see her “go it alone.” If Maddy were to focus more on her friends and family in season 2, a new side to her character may emerge.
5 Continue To Show Rue’s Struggles
Rue’s special episode that aired in 2020 seemed to signal a breakthrough for the character. While Rue will likely go in new directions in season 2, it would be a shame for her struggles to be forgotten about. Although the themes of addiction and mental illness are some of the most controversial things about Euphoria, it’s important they continue to explore them in season 2.
Season 1 was very honest about addiction and the hardships that come with it so hopefully this will continue. In season 2, it would be compelling to see Rue confide more in her friends about her addiction, in particular Cassie. Cassie’s father became a drug addict and left the family, so her and Rue would definitely have a lot to talk about.
4 Backstory for Fez
From season 1, it’s clear that Fez is a complex character; he is a drug dealer and sells drugs to Rue on some occasions, but he is also extremely protective of her and knows when to stop selling to her. Fez also acts as a trusted confidant to Rue, despite him representing what she’s trying to escape.
In season 1 though, not much is stated about Fez’s past, and the audience doesn’t come to understand how he became a drug dealer. Also, viewers don’t learn how he came to care for Ashtray, a young boy who he acts as an older brother to. Fez didn’t get a dedicated episode in season 1, so it would be interesting to fully explore his past and see him in center stage next season.
3 The Aftermath Of Cassie’s Abortion
Cassie has a complicated and rocky relationship with McKay throughout season 1. The turbulent nature of their relationship cumulates with Cassie ending up pregnant and McKay suggesting she terminate the pregnancy. Towards the end of the season, Cassie goes through with the termination.
It would be easy to move on from this and give new stories to Cassie in season 2 but it’s important that viewers see the emotional impact of her decision. Also, it could be interesting to see Cassie confront McKay over his lack of support during the situation as well as seeing her confide in her friends about her decision.
2 Rue To Stand Up To Jules
One of the most important aspects of season 1 is the relationship between Rue and Jules. Still, while Rue and Jules are one of the best couples of Euphoria, their relationship isn’t exactly healthy. Rue seems to replace one addiction with another when she meets Jules, becoming increasingly dependent on her as the season goes on. It’s telling that when Jules leaves, Rue seemingly relapses.
Although she does have her own issues to deal with, Jules doesn’t handle the relationship with Rue particularly well. She seems to understand Rue and how she feels towards her but makes her jealous on several occasions and constantly alters between being hot and cold. While both girls seemed to have a breakthrough in the special episodes, it would be good to see Rue becoming more independent in season 2. If their relationship is to blossom further, Rue may have to stand up for herself more and not let her sobriety be controlled by Jules.
1 More Therapy
Although we had seen Rue attend NA meetings previously, the special episodes finally delved into the topic of therapy. Rue has an informal therapy session of sorts with Ali in her special and Jules has a more conventional therapy session in her own special. It’s encouraging to see the characters reaching out for help and talking openly about their struggles.
Mental health was a key theme explored in season 1, so seeing more of Jules’ therapy sessions would be welcomed; fans have seen many of the characters struggle already so now could be the time to see them rebuild. Many of the other characters have suffered from trauma or self esteem issues, so seeing more of them seeing help (whether formally or informally) would be a positive direction to take.