HBO has released the first trailer for their upcoming special holiday episode of Euphoria. Since season 2 has been delayed, the network commissioned two special episodes to keep fans excited for the future. The hit series was created by Sam Levinson and is loosely based on the Israeli miniseries of the same name. The story follows a group of high school students through their experiences of sex, drugs, friendships, love, identity, and trauma in a brutally honest way. Season 1 debuted in 2019 to overwhelming critical acclaim.
Production for the second season of Euphoria was scheduled to start in the second quarter of 2020, with the first table read taking place on March 11th. However, the season has since been put on hold indefinitely, which means the trailer for the first of two special episodes should come as a welcome surprise for fans of the hit series. Zendaya's Rue is sitting in a diner directly following the events of season one and is clearly second guessing her decisions.
Rue says, "Maybe I deserve it," in a voiceover before getting interrupted by her sobriety mentor Ali, who asks, "Why did you call me?" Otis Redding's "Cigarettes and Coffee" can be heard in the background as Rue stares off into space. In the aftermath of being left by Jules at the train station and relapsing, the first special Euphoria episode follows Rue as she celebrates Christmas. Written and directed by series creator Sam Levinson, the episode, titled Trouble Don't Last Always, also stars Colman Domingo, who appeared in season one.
Both Euphoria special episodes were produced under strict COVID-19 guidelines. The first episode will air December 6th at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO, while the second special episode does not have a release date just yet. Regardless of release dates, the first look at the new set of episodes premieres at the end of this week, giving fans something to look forward to. In addition to Zendaya, the show also stars Alexa Demie as Maddy, Algee Smith as McKay, Angus Cloud as Fezco, Austin Abrams as Ethan, Barbie Ferreira as Kat, Eric Dane as Cal, Hunter Schafer as Jules, Jacob Elordi as Nate, Maude Apatow as Lexi, Nika King as Leslie, Storm Reid as Gia, and Sydney Sweeney as Cassie.
Euphoria received three Primetime Emmy Awards this year, including Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series (Zendaya), Outstanding Contemporary Makeup (Non-Prosthetic) and Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics. The show is created and written by Sam Levinson, who also serves as executive producer; executive producers Ravi Nandan, Kevin Turen, Drake, Future the Prince, Hadas Mozes Lichtenstein, Ron Leshem, Daphna Levin, Tmira Yardeni, Mirit Toovi, Yoram Mokady and Gary Lennon; Will Greenfield serves as a co-executive producer. Produced in partnership with A24 and based on the Israeli series of the same name, which was created by Ron Leshem and Daphna Levin. You can check out the first look at the first special episode above, thanks to the official Euphoria Twitter account.