Euphoria’s second season ends with both renewed promise and frustration
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Scenes from the Euphoria season two finale aired last Sunday
Scenes from the Euphoria season two finale aired last Sunday

THE second season of Euphoria has been a rollercoaster of heavy emotions, bright aesthetics, and tales of brilliant deceptions, grief and addiction, all of which were present throughout the conclusion of the season.

SPOILER ALERT! If you have not yet watched Euphoria, the HBO show written by Sam Levinson and produced by popular rapper Drake, then you should know it’s a coming-of-age story detailing the not-so-pretty side of being a teenager and young adult.

The show is easily a cinematography masterpiece, capturing a plethora of emotions and tackling the uncomfortable conversations and discussions many of us are afraid to have at that age.

While the show, of course, has it glitz and glamour, it features boundary-pushing content related to sex, substance abuse, sexual violence, domestic abuse, peer pressure, and unhealthy relationships.
It forces many to look at the realities of what many of our teenagers are facing today.

The finale episode of the season “All My Life, My Heart Has Yearned For A Thing I Cannot Name” picks up the storyline from the previous week’s episode which focused on Lexi’s school play and the fallout from disclosures about the cast’s private lives.

Lexi, a main character, is played by Maude Apatow.
About the school play scene—tensions among the main characters are high as the two former best friends, ‘Cassie’, played by Sydney Sweeny, and ‘Maddy’, played by Alexa Demie, hash out their ‘beef’ and finally confront each other.

This has been a much-anticipated scene for many fans who have been following the series from the season premier.
Meanwhile, the final episode also sees a glimpse of hope as another one of the show’s main characters, ‘Rue’, played by the talented Zendaya, is starting anew as she navigates sobriety, leaving her drug addiction behind.

The real heartbreaker and frustration of the season was the downfall of two fan favourites who, for the sake of not sharing too many spoilers, will not be listed in this review.

Nevertheless, the second season of the show, which is very much like the first season, takes you on an emotional journey of the brutal honesties of life—it is thrilling, daring, disquieting, and compelling, and is a triumph at a time when truly unique storytelling remains unsettlingly rare.

Its raunchy scenes and poignant emotions, however, are more suitable for older audiences and is not for the faint of heart. I must warn that if you are one who gets uncomfortable with taboo conversations, this may not be the series for you.

The show has been renewed for a third season and is set to return to screens in 2024, however, while it is a long wait, I’m excited to see what the new season will bring.
Of course, I’ll be doing a follow-up for our Buzz family.

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