In the upcoming second season, Zendaya‘s Euphoria character, Rue Bennett, will go darker.
The official teaser for HBO’s blockbuster series, which was unveiled on Monday, appears to start up just where season 1 left off in August 2019. Rue relapsed in the season finale and now she must face the consequences of her choices in season 2.
“When’d you relapse?” Rue’s (Zendaya’s) pal and crush Jules Vaughn (Hunter Schafer) asks at one point.
In the meantime, Rue’s sponsor Ali (Colman Domingo) begins questioning her after spotting her exiting a building with bags. “So, Rue. The $64,000 question is what’s in the suitcase?” Ali inquires.
Rue also appears to have made a shady new acquaintance, who is seen doling out unidentified tablets into his palm. “You’re my new favorite person,” she tells him. Later in the trailer, Rue tells her friends about an “amazing plan” she’s devised. While the audience isn’t told of her plan, a woman does inquire if anyone is “ready to do some business” at one point.
In the clip, there are also flashes of an unknown person wielding a gun, a swarm of police vehicles, and Rue being kidnapped.
But Rue isn’t the only Euphoria character who is dealing with difficulties. Cassie Howard (Sydney Sweeney) defends herself in a school bathroom against some of her classmates via tea rs.
Cassie says, “You guys can all judge me if you want. But I do not care! I have never, ever been happier!”
Nate Jacobs, played by Jacob Elordi, is shown buying alcoholic beverages in one scene and screaming at a woman in the next.
The first season of HBO’s Euphoria premiered in 2019, but the second season was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Zendaya, 25, earned a primetime Emmy for her work during the offseason.
Zendaya knocked over Jennifer Aniston, Olivia Colman, Jodie Comer, Laura Linney, and Sandra Oh in the category of outstanding lead actress in a drama series, becoming the youngest actress to win.
“I know that this feels like a really weird time to be celebrating, but I just want to say that there is hope in the young people out there,” she said at the time. “I know that our TV show doesn’t always feel like a great example of that, but there is hope in the young people, and I just want to say to all my peers out there doing the work in the streets: I see you, I admire you, I thank you.”
Season 2 of Euphoria premieres on HBO and HBO Max on January 9.