‘Euphoria’ season 2: recaps, trailer and everything we know about the teen drama

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Zendaya in 'Euphoria' (Image credit: HBO)

Fans of Euphoria have been waiting a long time for Euphoria season 2, but that wait is over. 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 is an Emmy-winning TV show created by Sam Levinson that premiered in the summer of 2019. While Euphoria hasn’t gone away completely, having released a couple of special episodes, it’s not the same as having a full series to enjoy.

Here's everything we know about Euphoria season 2.

‘Euphoria’ season 2 reacps

Euphoria season 2 debuted on HBO on Jan. 9, with new episodes airing every Sunday at 9 p.m. ET in the U.S.; Mondays in the U.K. Here is a recap of Euphoria season 2 episodes so far.

Euphoria season 2 episode 1:
Rue and Jules cross paths for the first time since Christmas as East Highland rings in the new year. Read What to Watch's in-depth recap of Euphoria season 2 episode 1 right here.

Euphoria season 2 episode 2:
As the semester kicks off, Jules questions Rue and Elliot's new friendship. While Cal hunts for answers, Nate makes a tough decision. The lines between fantasy and reality begin to blur as Kat ponders her relationship, and Maddy contemplates the decision to end hers. Read What to Watch's in-depth recap of Euphoria season 2 episode 2 right here.

Euphoria season 2 episode 3:
Rue pursues a new business venture as she helps forge a friendship between Jules and Elliot. Cassie settles into a routine, while Lexi pours herself into mounting a school play. Maddy considers getting back together with Nate, and Cal finds a target. Read What to Watch's in-depth recap of Euphoria season 2 episode 3 right here.

Euphoria season 2 episode 4:
At Maddy's birthday party, relationships are celebrated and questioned. Jules turns to Elliot for advice. Cal takes a trip down memory lane. Read What to Watch's in-depth recap of Euphoria season 2 episode 4 right here.

Euphoria season 2 episode 5:
Fate has a way of catching up with those who try to outrun it. Read What to Watch's in-depth recap of Euphoria season 2 episode 5 right here.

Euphoria season 2 episode 6:
As relationships with mothers are tested, Rue tries to recover. Nate enjoys his newfound freedom. Read What to Watch's in-depth recap of Euphoria season 2 episode 6 right here.

Euphoria season 2 episode 7:
Art imitates life as the East Highland crew watches their complicated dynamics reflected in Lexi's long-awaited play. Read What to Watch's in-depth recap of Euphoria season 2 episode 7 right here.

Euphoria season 2 episode 8:
Snippets of memory collide with the present and future. Read What to Watch's in-depth recap of Euphoria season 2 episode 8 right here.

‘Euphoria’ season 2 cast

Euphoria is credited with 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 Dune, Euphoria has 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. She was the youngest winner of that category in Emmy history.

The Euphoria supporting cast is 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 return as series regulars. 

Also returning for Euphoria season 2 are Eric Dane as Cal and Colman Domingo as Ali. Dominic Fike, meanwhile, is a new addition to the regular cast for season 2, though his character name has not been officially revealed.

Zendaya and Hunter Schafer in 'Euphoria'

Zendaya and Hunter Schafer in 'Euphoria' (Image credit: HBO)

‘Euphoria’ season 2 plot

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.

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.”

How to watch ‘Euphoria’ season 2

Euphoria is an HBO original series in the U.S., this means the show airs both on the traditional HBO cable channel as well as its streaming service, HBO Max.

For anyone wanting to watch Euphoria on the traditional HBO channel, you will need to be sure that your cable package carries HBO; many do, but it is not a standard channel, so be sure to double check. Of course, a subscription to HBO Max gives subscribers access to all HBO content in addition to the HBO Max originals and library of TV shows and movies it carries. To watch Euphoria on HBO Max, you can sign up for either the ad-supported $9.99 version of HBO Max or the $14.99 ad-free version of HBO Max.

For U.K. audiences, Euphoria airs on Sky Atlantic and the Now streaming service, which require a subscription.

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Michael Balderston

Michael Balderston is a DC-based entertainment and assistant managing editor for What to Watch, who has previously written about the TV and movies with TV Technology, Awards Circuit and regional publications. Spending most of his time watching new movies at the theater or classics on TCM, some of Michael's favorite movies include Casablanca, Moulin Rouge!, Silence of the Lambs, Children of Men, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Star Wars. On the TV side he enjoys Peaky Blinders, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Saturday Night Live, Only Murders in the Building and is always up for a Seinfeld rerun. Follow on Letterboxd (opens in new tab).