Season two of HBO’s Euphoria may have been postponed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, but we’re getting some “special” episodes to bridge the Euphoria-shaped hole in our lives – and Zendaya just gave us a glimpse of what we can expect.
The poster, which pictures her character, Rue, lying on a bed facing the camera, is emblazoned with the words “this is not season 2” (as if we needed a reminder). Although the title of the episode was previously revealed to be Trouble Don’t Last Always, this new poster seems to suggest the title has changed to Part 1: Rue.
A second poster, which features a bare-faced Rue next to her series one love interest, Jules, also features that title.
Although we’re still not sure how (or when) we’ll be able to watch these special episodes in the UK or when the second special episode might be airing in the US, we’re excited to see what’s in store for Rue and Jules in this latest instalment.
So, without further ado, here’s everything we’ve heard so far about Euphoria’s special bridge episodes.
As reported 20 October: A couple of months after we first heard about the possibility of two “bridge” episodes between seasons one and two of Euphoria, Zendaya has confirmed the news on social media – and we’ve even got a release date.
Posting a close-up shot of an eye on her Instagram, she wrote: “We really missed them. Two special Euphoria episodes coming soon. First one December 6th on @hbo.”
After season two of the show was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic, it’s exciting to know we’ll be able to get another glimpse into Rue’s world before 2020 is over.
Although there’s no information on the second episode yet, according to a press release, the first episode – titled Trouble Don’t Last Always – will follow Rue as she celebrates Christmas.
The new episodes come after Zendaya made history at the Emmy awards for being the youngest woman to pick up the gong for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, which she won for her role in Euphoria. She also became the second Black actor to ever receive the award.
We don’t yet know when the “special” episodes will be available to watch in the UK.
Teasing the prospect of the bridge episodes in a cover interview with InStyle earlier this year, Zendaya explained that, although she was missing her character and the second season of the show was written and waiting to go, the cast and crew weren’t going to restart production until it was completely safe to so do.
“I do miss Rue. She’s like my little sister in a lot of ways, and going back to that character is a home base for me,” she said. “There is a beautiful second season that has been written, but in order to do it the way we want to do it, we need to wait until it’s safer.”
She added: “There is an idea to do a couple of bridge episodes that can be shot safely but aren’t necessarily part of season two. So hopefully, we will be able to do those in the coming months. I can’t wait.”
Intrigued yet? Although we don’t know much more about these mysterious “bridge” episodes, we’re guessing they’ll be recorded without the need for too many cast and crew members in one location.
That could mean we’re more likely to see single-character narratives, or see episodes which are shot over a video platform such as Zoom, as other TV shows have done.
If you’ve yet to watch Euphoria, you might want to get on it. The show has been a massive hit in both the US and the UK, and has been praised for it’s honest and raw portrayal of topics including abuse, anxiety and addiction. The story is told from the perspective of 17-year-old Rue, a recovering drug addict struggling to rebuild a life for herself outside of her addiction.
At the end of season one, we saw Rue relapse after three months of trying to be sober. She also decides not to run away from her family with her friend and love interest Jules (despite suggesting they leave in the first place).
All in all then, there’s plenty of plot points left for the producers to play with as they put together the all new “bridge” episodes – we’ll just have to wait and see what path they choose to explore.
As Stylist’s junior digital writer, Lauren Geall writes on topics including mental health, wellbeing and work. She’s also a big fan of houseplants and likes to dabble in film and TV from time-to-time.
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