Euphoria season 2: Release dates and how to watch in the UK
Zendaya and Hunter Schafer return for more antics as Rue Bennett and Jules Vaughn, respectively, in HBO's Euphoria
After much delay due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Euphoria is finally back on our screens.
The first half of the season has already aired and has been quite the dark journey for Rue Bennett (Emmy Award winner Zendaya), girlfriend/best friend Jules Vaughn (Hunter Schafer) and the rest of the cast at Euphoria high.
The new episodes have seen Rue continue to battle with addiction, while she and Jules dealt with the new dynamic brought by Rue's new friend Elliot (Dominic Fike).
Elsewhere, toxic Nate Jacobs (Jacob Elordi) has stricken up a secret romance with troubled Cassie Howard (Sydney Sweeney) - despite her being the best friend of his fiery ex-girlfriend Maddy Perez (Alexa Demie).
Nate's sinister father Cal Jacobs (Eric Dane) also reaches a crossroads in his life as we learn about his past.
Meanwhile, drug dealer Fezco (Angus Cloud) grows close to the well-behaved Lexi Howard (Maude Apatow) and Kat Hernandez (Barbie Ferreira) attempts a monogamous romance with sweet Ethan (Austin Abrams).
Will they all find happiness? Somehow we doubt it.
So, without further ado, here is when we should expect to catch up with Rue and Jules again.
How to watch Euphoria season 2 in the UK
Euphoria season 2 premiered on Sky Atlantic and NOW in the UK on Monday 10th January 2022 from 2am GMT.
This was the same time as the release in the US on HBO Max on January 9, 2022.
The new episodes will then air weekly on Sky Atlantic and on NOW, after which the episodes will be available to watch on-demand.
The episodes will also air at 9pm on Sky Atlantic every Monday for the entirety of its run.
It is believed that the second season will run for eight episodes.
The new season was preceded by two special episodes, each focusing on Rue and Jules, which aired in December 2020 and January 2021.
Where can I watch Euphoria season 2?
The US home of Euphoria is HBO and HBO Max.
Season two will arrive on Sky and NOW at the same time as the US release on HBO Max, arriving on January 10, 2022.
How many episodes are in Euphoria season 2?
It seems that the second season of Euphoria will run for eight episodes, similar to the first season.
The episode titles and the UK air dates are as follows.
- Trying to Get to Heaven Before They Close the Door - 10th January 2022
- Out of Touch - 17th January 2022
- Ruminations: Big and Little Bullys - 24th January 2022
- You Who Cannot See, Think of Those Who Can - 31st January 2022
- Stand Still Like the Hummingbird - 7th February 2022
- A Thousand Little Trees of Blood - 14th February 2022
- The Theater and It's Double - 21st February 2022
- All My Life, My Heart Has Yearned for a Thing I Cannot Name - 27th February 2022
The second season will have finished by the end of February, then!
Euphoria season 2 trailer
We now have a musical teaser trailer for the new episodes, which show Rue alive but not particularly well.
All of our favourite characters feature in the teaser, which hints at some drama to come, including Nate, Jules and Fezco.
Will Rue find happiness?
Considering her struggle with drugs and her appearing high in the trailer, it is not looking likely.
The series released a full trailer on Monday 20th December 2021 which gave a great insight into what to expect in the new season.
In addition to Rue being reunited with Jules, we also see her apparently get in danger by handling a gun and getting involved in crime.
Elsewhere, Cassie appears to be struggling and goes on to explore a romance with the toxic Nate. How will Maddy take the news that her ex-boyfriend is now with one of her best friends?
Finally, it looks like Kat may not be as happy in her new relationship as she hoped.
Euphoria season 2 cast
Naturally, all of our favourite characters are back for the new season but we also have a few new faces joining the Euphoria cast too.
- Zendaya as Rue Bennett
- Hunter Schafer as Jules Vaughn
- Maude Apatow as Lexi Howard
- Angus Cloud as Fezco
- Eric Dane as Cal Jacobs
- Alexa Demie as Maddy Perez
- Colman Domingo as Ali
- Jacob Elordi as Nate Jacobs
- Barbie Ferreira as Kat Hernandez
- Nika King as Leslie Bennett
- Storm Reid as Gia Bennett
- Algee Smith as Christopher McKay
- Sydney Sweeny as Cassie Howard
All of our favourites from the first season are back!
Austin Abrams will also reprise his role as Kat's love interest Ethan and has been promoted to the regular cast along with young Javon "Wanna" Walton as Ashtray.
Meanwhile, musician Dominic Fike has been cast in a regular role on the show in the role of new arrival Elliot.
Fike described his character as a "homie" of Rue and Jules in an interview with Variety, adding that the character as having much in common with himself.
Will Elliot come between Rue and Jules?
What is Euphoria about?
Euphoria is to Gen-Z what Skins was to Millennials. Both were controversial and both focused on a group of high-schoolers pushing social boundaries.
The series is HBO’s highest rating show for younger audiences, so clearly the hard-hitting drama resonates.
Creator/Director Sam Levinson and producer Drake brought to HBO a teen angst drama based on the Israeli mini-series of the same name.
The dark tale follows a group of teenagers as they face heartbreak, addiction and rage.
The show featured a number of controversial scenes, with its use of nudity described by The Guardian as “pointlessly gratuitous”, but HBO’s programming president Casey Bloys defended the scenes, which he said were based on Euphoria creator Sam Levinson’s own experiences.
"It may seem boundary-pushing, and the idea of putting them on TV may be, but somebody lived them," Bloys told the Hollywood Reporter, adding, "We’re not trying to put out a Gossip Girl."
What will happen in Euphoria season 2?
Season one ended on an ambiguous note, leaving fans unsure if Rue (Zendaya) have died from an overdose.
However, the trailer assures us she is alive but still struggling with her addiction issues.
Speaking to RadioTimes.com, Zendaya teased that Rue will hit "rock bottom" in the upcoming episodes, describing it as a "long journey" for the beloved character.
"She makes decisions and does things that are painful not only to herself, but to other people, and we see that fallout over and over and over again," Zendaya told RadioTimes.com and other press.
"And this season, more specifically, she goes to the rock bottom. When we get midway through, that’s when the rock bottom hits, and that’s where it became extremely painful for all of us to watch. And to portray her going through it hurt me.
"It can be quite painful because your body doesn’t know that it is not real, even if your mind does. And if you really care about the characters, you can internalise the things that they go through.
"You just want them to make the right decision and you want them to be okay. And that’s a painful kind of battle that you have inside, where you have to do something that you wish they wouldn’t do, or say."
There are also plenty of narrative arcs we can expect to follow into the new season– Nate’s (Jacob Elordi) sexuality, Cassie (Sydney Sweeney) and McKay’s (Algee Smith) relationship, Gia’s (Storm Reid) growing rebelliousness, Kat (Barbie Ferreira) and Ethan’s (Austin Abrams) future together and whether Kat is still working as a camgirl, and what happened to Jules (Hunter Schafer) after Rue left her on the train.
The trailer seemed to suggest that Cassie and Nate will be spending more time together, whilst teasing Rue getting involved with some dangerous people.
Meanwhile, Gia actress Storm Reid has teased that her "character is supposed to be developing and becoming her own" - suggesting Gia may well get her own standalone episode.
How can I watch the Euphoria special episodes?
Two special "bridge" episodes aired prior to the complete second season, with the first, airing on Sunday 6th December and the second on Sunday 24th January 2021.
For UK viewers, the episodes are available to watch on Sky and NOW TV
The news of the specials was first announced by Zendaya, who posted a close-up image Jules (played by Hunter Schafer), in whose eye we can see a reflection of Zendaya's character, Rue.
"We really missed them. Two special Euphoria episodes coming soon. First one December 6th on @hbo," the caption reads.
While in a November Twitter post, Zendaya shared a promo image for the upcoming episodes, captioned: "THIS IS NOT SEASON 2."
If you want a spoiler-free season 2 insight, you can read our Euphoria review here.
If you’re looking for more to watch check out our TV Guide.