This past month, season two of Euphoria came to a close after its eight-episode run with a lot to unpack throughout each one. Upon the second season hitting HBO, it broke the streaming platform’s viewer record since its launch in May 2021, gaining just over 2.4 million views. Since then, it’s been a major topic across social media platforms like Twitter and TikTok, with fans eager to find out what happens next. The recent season finale offered updates on the Cassie-Maddy drama, Rue’s addiction recovery, Nate and Cal, and why Fezco didn’t make it to Lexi’s play.
Created, written, and directed by Sam Levinson, starring Zendaya the ensemble cast of Euphoria includes Zendaya, Hunter Schafer, Nika King, Angus Cloud, Jacob Elordi, Algee Smith, Sydney Sweeney, Alexa Demie, Barbie Ferreira, Maude Apatow, Javon Walton, Storm Reid, Dominic Fike, and Austin Abrams.
Euphoria likely won’t return until presumably 2024 given the actor’s busy schedules later this year and the fact that it took them one month to film each episode for season two. We’ve compiled a list of where the Euphoria cast is headed later this year coming off the heels of their preeminent roles in the HBO hit TV series.
The Euphoria season two finale saw Zendaya‘s character Rue reconciling with Elliot while also putting her relationship with Jules in the past. Closing off the episode, she explains that Jules was her first love and wants to remember her in that positive light, thus the two don’t get back together which leaves a lot open for potential relationships next season.
In between seasons one and two, Zendaya appeared in critically-acclaimed films such as Spider-Man: No Way Home, Dune, Space Jam: A New Legacy, and Netflix’s Malcolm & Marie. With the second season just ending, she is already slated to appear in the eagerly-anticipated Dune: Part Two. Furthermore, she also was announced to star in the Luca Guadagnino-directed film Challengers alongside Mike Faist and Josh O’Conner.
Angus Cloud put on a phenomenal performance with Fezco, one of the show’s most beloved characters. The season finale left us on the edge of our seats wondering the fate of the character, and luckily he lived to see another episode at the cost of Ash Tray’s life. Both Fezco and Faye were taken away in handcuffs, leaving Twitter users to wonder if Lexi will ever get the note she wrote him and ultimately, how watching his younger brother get shot will affect him in the forthcoming season.
Last year, it was announced that Cloud would be joining the cast of the forthcoming horror thriller Your Lucky Day with Jessica Garza, Elliot Knight, and Jason O’Mara amongst others. The Daniel Brown-directed movie is set on Christmas Eve in a small convenience store where a hostage situation breaks out over a $156 million lottery ticket. From there, things get dark with the film ultimately representing the nightmare of the American Dream.
Barbie Ferreira, who plays Kat, played a respectively minor role in the season two finale. During the episode, she chases Maddy and Cassie as the two get into a scuffle before the scene transitions into the ladies sitting in the bathroom silently as they tend to their injuries. However, Ferreire is expected to play a major part in the forthcoming horror movie NOPE, which is due to come out on July 22nd. Directed by Jordan Peele, the film also features Keke Palmer, Steven Yeun, and Daniel Kaluuya. Elsewhere, Barbie will appear in Apple TV’s The Afterparty, playing the character Willow.
Coming right off the heels of the Euphoria season two finale, Netflix announced that Javon Walton would be hitting their original series The Umbrella Academy for season three. The announcement was likely kept silent given that it would hint at Walton’s character, Ashtray, ultimate demise. His beloved character was ultimately killed in a shootout with the police following a SWAT raid, which left some fans a bit uneasy and others wondering what to expect next season. Elsewhere, Javon is set to appear in the forthcoming superhero movie Samaritan directed by Julius Avery.
Storm Reid doesn’t get enough praise for her role as Gia. Amongst some of the very emotional scenes that feature her, she put on quite the show as the sister of a teenager struggling with drug addiction. Earlier this year, Reid was cast to play Riley in HBO’s forthcoming The Last of Us adaptation. She also is set to appear in the thriller One Way alongside Kevin Bacon, Colson Baker, and Travis Fimmel, which is due to release in August of this year.
There’s a lot to love about Sydney Sweeney‘s character Cassie, and of course a lot to disrelish. Unfortunately, her feud with Maddy does not come to a close in the season finale but rather breaks out into a scuffle between the two. In a later scene in a bathroom, a scuffed-up Cassie tells Maddy that she and Nate broke up. “Don’t Worry,” Maddy replies. “This is just the beginning.”
Sweeney was recently cast to join the upcoming film National Anthem, the directorial debut for poet and screenwriter Tony Tost. It also features Simon Rex, Toby Huss, Paul Walter Hauser, and Hasley, who they picked up this past month. This will mark Halsey and Sweeney’s second onscreen role together coming off the heels of The Player’s Table, an upcoming drama series based on Jessica Goodman’s best-selling novel They Wish They Were Us.
Eric Dane‘s role as Cal Jacobs throughout this past season was phenomenal. Not many can pull off some of the scenes as he did and in the finale, Nate reveals to Cal he found videos of him having sex with prostitutes when he was just 11. Despite an apology and telling his son that he loves him, Nate simply wanted revenge and thus he pulls out a flash drive before police car lights appear in the background. Cal later gets arrested, which means we’ll likely see a handful of prison scenes of him in season three.
Our favorite Cal scene from season two was none other than in episode four where things really took a turn left. After having a few too many drinks, he returned home to have a breakdown in front of his family that ended with the controversial patriarch disclosing his sexuality and seemingly leaving them behind. What shocked fans the most is when he began urinating all over the foyer of his home while his wife and sons watched, although it was later revealed that it was all prosthetic.
Eric, like Sweeney, is slated to appear in National Anthem later this year. The film revolves around a gritty hunt for a valuable rare Lakota Native American Ghost Shirt. Following arguably one of his best roles thus far, Dane was among the three added to the film this past month.
Hate it or love it, Jacob Elordi‘s character Nate is an intricate person who has feelings too. Season two saw him attempting to make amends with Jules, dating Cassie, and getting his dad arrested. In the finale, he ultimately dumps Cassie, which sends her off in a spiral. The last few episodes of the previous season attempt to redeem his character, falling into tropes like conflating confusion around one’s sexuality with violent and abusive behavior.
“It’s funny, I don’t even really call him an antagonist, because I don’t see him as like the villain who comes in to ruin the hero’s day. Everything he does is kind of relative to his own situation,” he told Variety. “I think everyone’s in their own trauma and fighting through something. And yeah, his means are fucking awful and terrible to watch. And sometimes the score makes him sound like a bit of a villain.”
Jacob Elordi’s upcoming venture includes Deep Water starring Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas in lead. The upcoming movie has been in the works for a bit now, slated to drop later this year, with the official trailer releasing a few weeks back. Elsewhere, he was also cast for the crime thriller He Went That Way in 2021, which is currently in post-production.
Amongst the talented Euphoria cast, Colman Domingo truly has a resume that speaks for itself. His role as Ali—Rue’s sponsor throughout both seasons—sees the character making up with Rue after her harsh comments and cooking for the family in episode six. He, Gia, and Leslie all laugh and joke together while also discussing Rue’s sobriety, and their optimism is palpable.
On the filming process, Domingo tells Vulture, “Usually with film, if you’re off-camera, you’re doing [the call] with a script supervisor. But Sam Levinson can feel every detail and wanted it to be that honest. He wanted to give us that space because he knows connectivity between Ali and Rue is so important.”
Colman is slated to appear in 2023’s The Color Purple, a musical adaptation of Alice Walker’s novel about the life-long struggles of an African American woman living in the south during the early 1900s. Elsewhere, Domingo was cast for the George C. Wolfe-directed film Rustin, which is currently in post-production but reported to drop later this year.
The season two finale for Euphoria saw the tensions rise between Maddy and Cassie, with one scene where she runs on stage and slaps Cassie, then chases her off while Kat follows the two. Alexa Demie‘s character does a really phenomenal job at not just capturing the importance of wardrobe and fashion to the show but also having a fearless yet loving personality. Demie will be in the upcoming TV series Fables as voice cast later this year, joined by Ricky Gervais, Natasha Lyonne, and JB Smoove to name a few.