Euphoria season two’s lackluster leaves room for a resolution-packed season three


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Rue (Zendaya) (left) and Lexi (Maude Apatow) (right) pictured in the season two finale reflecting on the absence of their father and reconciling their friendship after the fallout from Lexi’s play.

This story briefly mentions sexual assault and contains spoilers for seasons 1 and 2 of Euphoria.

The final episode of Euphoria season two left viewers with many questions. The plot holes run deep in season two, where the season finale consists of many shots of Rue’s eulogy for her father instead of wrapping up unanswered questions.

The drama between Maddy (Alexa Demie) and Cassie (Sydney Sweeney) was unfinished and unsatisfying as altercations between the character got mere seconds of screen time. And Nate (Jacob Elordi) had an intricate, yet confusing, season where psychedelic scenes lacked tangible resolutions for the character’s many troubles such as trauma from his father (Eric Dane) and his sexual confusion when it comes to Jules (Hunter Schafer). 

Not to mention the gut-wrenching, slap your hand over your face events that occurred at Fezco’s (Angus Cloud) home where a terrifyingly realistic shootout scene occurred between Ashtray (Javon Walton) and the police. A final shot rings off with no visuals on the screen, compelling viewers to hope for the best for the two brothers, but also expertly leaving us in desperation for more—another season.

It was certainly disappointing to see less of Kat in season two, especially since, on some level, she is one of the most relatable characters in the show for many people.

One character who faded to the background in this season was Kat (Barbie Ferreira) who broke up with her boyfriend to revert back to her season one perception of men through webcamming, where we have never, in the history of the show, had neither a full explanation nor resolution to the storyline. It was certainly disappointing to see less of Kat in season two, especially since, on some level, she is one of the most relatable characters in the show for many people. Hopefully, season three will compensate for her lack of ample appearance, especially with her and Ethan’s (Austin Abrams) unresolved relationship fallout.

Another character who received the short end of the stick this season was McKay (Algee Smith). His appearance spanned over a cumulative five minutes of screen time, where no in-depth character emotional resolution occurred. Fans were hoping to see some version of a happy ending for McKay, or at least justice after he was sexually assaulted in season one, which eventually led to the dissipation of his and Cassie’s relationship.

Another crucial plotline to the show is Nate’s violence and blackmailing of and towards other characters. Although viewers now have insight into why Nate takes the courses of actions he does, in relation to trauma from his father, some people forget that his behavior and abuse towards others is inexcusable, and action must be taken for the other characters to move on from the trauma he may have caused them over the course of two seasons. 

Laurie (Martha Kelly) will have to come for Rue (Zendaya), unfortunately for the character and for viewers rooting for her recovery, Laurie sent her off with ten-thousand dollars worth of illegal substances, telling her if she did not return the money she will meet consequences: possibly deadly. Human trafficking might be a major character issue in season three, especially since we caught a glimpse into Laurie’s involvement after discovering that Rue is unable to get the money back she lost.

Viewers would also love to see a win for both Lexi (Maude Apatow) and Fez, especially when it comes to a relationship between the two. Although Ashtray is more than likely dead, hopefully, Fez will let him take the fall for both the murders that occurred across the first two seasons and leave drug dealing behind him for good and in the meantime, focus on pursuing the possibilities for him and Lexi, who seems to be a spot of good in his tragic life.

Although season two was a bit more abstract than season one, and as a consequence having much less issue resolution throughout the episodes, it leaves ample room for season three to be the best one yet, and hopefully lead these tragic characters towards futures of happiness after all the misfortune they have befallen in the past.