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Euphoria Season 2 Premiere: Emmy winner Zendaya returns as Rue who tries to get clean


Emmy-winning actress Zendaya makes her long-awaited return as Rue Bennett as HBO’s Euphoria returns for its second season… nearly two years after its first.

While the second season was delayed significantly by the COVID-19 pandemic, the 25-year-old actress returned in the first of two ‘special episodes’ in December 2020.

Her co-star Hunter Schafer returned as the apple of Rue’s eye, Jules, in the second special episode, debuting on HBO Max in January 2021.

Rue returns: Emmy-winning actress Zendaya makes her long-awaited return as Rue Bennett as HBO's Euphoria returns for its second season... nearly two years after its first

Rue returns: Emmy-winning actress Zendaya makes her long-awaited return as Rue Bennett as HBO’s Euphoria returns for its second season… nearly two years after its first

Jules: Her co-star Hunter Schafer returned as the apple of Rue's eye, Jules, in the second special episode, debuting on HBO Max in January 2021

Jules: Her co-star Hunter Schafer returned as the apple of Rue’s eye, Jules, in the second special episode, debuting on HBO Max in January 2021

The episode begins with Rue talking about Fezco’s (Angus Cloud) grandmother, who she says is, ‘a motherf***ing G,’ as we see a shot of a blonde woman walking into a bar while holding a handgun.

She walks through the bar as people start sending out warnings, walking through the backstage area with strippers before taking off her glasses and finding a fat man getting a blowjob.

She walks in and shoots in in both thighs, as we see his fully erect penis in the frame, while he screams in pain.

She walks back out to her car where a young Fezco is waiting with a black eye, as she tells him she spoke to his dad and he’s going to come live with her now.

Rue says in voice over that he might not have been the ‘best guardian’ but she taught him eerie thing to know about running drugs.

She tells him that his mother had a ‘kind heart’ but his father always exploited it, as Rue said FEzco always did good in school, ‘especially math.’

He comes home from school one day and finds a new baby while another shot shows a pre-teen Fezco at a drug deal.

Fezco’s grandmother says the kid was collateral as part of a drug deal and the mother never came to pick up him, as we see Fezco taking care of him.

The kid is seen taking a bath in the sink while Fezco’s grandmother tells her a story while the kid starts eating cigarette butts., which leads to the kid being named Ashtray.

We then see Fezco setting him at his usual spot at the convenience store as they find someone grandma needs to deal with.

She goes to the trunk and pulls out a tire iron and beats the crap out of a guy at the Family Donuts.

‘Fez doesn’t know why he did what he did,’ Rue says in voice over as he’s seen running towards grandma as she accidentally hits him with the tire iron on a back swing.

Fezco finds grandma collapsed, and Rue sayss, ‘the next thing you know, he has a business to run and a brothe rto take care of.’

‘He wondered how hiss grandma would handle someone like Nate, but he didn’t have his grandma… just Ash,’ Rue says in voice over.

Ashtray is seen sneaking up with a hammer before attacking two men in front of Fezco, who is stunned.

‘Dude, what the f**k?’ Fezco sayss before the title card hits.

 

Both Rue and Jules reunited briefly at the end of the second special episode, which were both set over Christmas, with this season premiere described as, ‘Rue and Jules cross paths for the first time since Christmas as East Highland rings in the new year.’

Rue had relapsed after Jules left her at the train station in the Season 1 finale, with Rue revealing to her addict friend Ali (Colman Domingo) during a Christmas Eve dinner that she didn’t know if she wanted to be clean… and that she didn’t even know if she wanted to be alive anymore.

While she seemed like she was in a better head space by the time Ali took her home, she got quite emotional while seeing Jules at the end of the second special episode.

Rue: Both Rue and Jules reunited briefly at the end of the second special episode, which were both set over Christmas, with this season premiere described as, 'Rue and Jules cross paths for the first time since Christmas as East Highland rings in the new year'

Rue: Both Rue and Jules reunited briefly at the end of the second special episode, which were both set over Christmas, with this season premiere described as, ‘Rue and Jules cross paths for the first time since Christmas as East Highland rings in the new year’

The latest trailer for the second season, though, showed that Rue does eventually dedicate herself to getting clean, seen walking into a meeting Ali is attending.

The trailer also shows Jules reuniting with Rue, seemingly at a New Year’s Eve party, asking her when she relapsed, but she doesn’t answer. 

She’s seen dragging along a roller bag suitcase, with Ali asking her ‘the $64,000 question’: ‘What’s in the suitcase?’ 

Meeting: The latest trailer for the second season, though, showed that Rue does eventually dedicate herself to getting clean, seen walking into a meeting Ali is attending

Meeting: The latest trailer for the second season, though, showed that Rue does eventually dedicate herself to getting clean, seen walking into a meeting Ali is attending

Reuniting: The trailer also shows Jules reuniting with Rue, seemingly at a New Year's Eve party, asking her when she relapsed, but she doesn't answer

Reuniting: The trailer also shows Jules reuniting with Rue, seemingly at a New Year’s Eve party, asking her when she relapsed, but she doesn’t answer

Suitcase: She’s seen dragging along a roller bag suitcase, with Ali asking her ‘the $64,000 question’: ‘What’s in the suitcase?’

The suitcase is shown later being loaded up with drugs while Rue tells Fezco (Angus Cloud) that she has ‘come up with an amazing plan.’

Rue is also seen meeting with a new character, Elliot (Dominic Finke), who at one point Rue says is her, ‘new favorite person.’

The trailer also teases some dramatic tension between Rue and her mother Leslie (Nika Bennett) and hints that the premiere takes place at a New Year’s Eve party.

Elliot: Rue is also seen meeting with a new character, Elliot (Dominic Finke), who at one point Rue says is her, 'new favorite person'

Elliot: Rue is also seen meeting with a new character, Elliot (Dominic Finke), who at one point Rue says is her, ‘new favorite person’

Mother: The trailer also teases some dramatic tension between Rue and her mother Leslie (Nika Bennett) and hints that the premiere takes place at a New Year's Eve party

Mother: The trailer also teases some dramatic tension between Rue and her mother Leslie (Nika Bennett) and hints that the premiere takes place at a New Year’s Eve party

The show also brings back returning regulars Eric Dane (Cal Jacobs), Jacob Elordi (Nate Jacobs), Algee Smith (Chris McKay), Sydney Sweeney (Cassie Howard), Alexa Demie (Maddy Perez), Barbie Ferreira (Kat Hernandez), Maude Apatow (Lexi Howard), Storm Reid (Gia Bennett), Austin Abrams (Ethan) and Javon Walton (Ashtray).

New characters aside from Dominic Fike’s Elliot, Minka Kelly is playing a ‘drugged out suburban housewife) while Demetrius “Lil Meech” Flenory Jr. plays a new love interest for Maddy.

Euphoria’s eight-episode second season airs Sunday nights sat 9 PM ET on HBO. 

Returning: The show also brings back returning regulars Eric Dane (Cal Jacobs), Jacob Elordi (Nate Jacobs), Algee Smith (Chris McKay), Sydney Sweeney (Cassie Howard), Alexa Demie (Maddy Perez), Barbie Ferreira (Kat Hernandez), Maude Apatow (Lexi Howard), Storm Reid (Gia Bennett), Austin Abrams (Ethan) and Javon Walton (Ashtray)

Returning: The show also brings back returning regulars Eric Dane (Cal Jacobs), Jacob Elordi (Nate Jacobs), Algee Smith (Chris McKay), Sydney Sweeney (Cassie Howard), Alexa Demie (Maddy Perez), Barbie Ferreira (Kat Hernandez), Maude Apatow (Lexi Howard), Storm Reid (Gia Bennett), Austin Abrams (Ethan) and Javon Walton (Ashtray)

New season: Euphoria's eight-episode second season airs Sunday nights sat 9 PM ET on HBO

New season: Euphoria’s eight-episode second season airs Sunday nights sat 9 PM ET on HBO

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