Euphoria Season 3: Release Date, Trailer, Cast, Spoilers, News

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By now, you’ve gotten a feel for the almost-inescapable popularity of HBO’s Euphoria. Although the hype surrounding the runaway success created by Sam Levinson isn’t some nebulous concept. It’s something that can actually be quantified. Not only was its sophomore season the second most-watched show in HBO’s history behind Game of Thrones and the most tweeted about show this decade. According to Parrot Analytics, the teen drama was over 76 times more in-demand than any other show. Hence why you’re here sniffing for details about Euphoria season 3 like it’s a suitcase full of borrowed narcotics.

Everything We Know About HBO’s Euphoria Season 3 (2022)

Has Euphoria season 3 been confirmed?

In early February of 2022, weeks before the latest season had even wrapped up airing all eight episodes, the Euphoria Instagram account posted a short 13-second clip with a caption indicating it’d been greenlit for more emotionally + physically violent episodes: “#EUPHORIA has been renewed for season 3.”

“Sam, Zendaya, and the entire cast and crew of Euphoria have taken season 2 to extraordinary heights, challenging narrative convention and form, while maintaining its heart,” says Francesca Orsi, Vice President of HBO Programming.

“We couldn’t be more honoured to work with this gifted, wildly talented team or more excited to continue our journey with them into Euphoria season 3.”

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What will the third season of Euphoria be about?

[Warning: major Euphoria season 1 & 2 spoilers ahead]

The Euphoria season 2 finale left fans divided.

While some were content with Rue Bennett (portrayed by Zendaya) getting clean and enjoying a hit of serotonin that hadn’t been induced by pill/powder/syringe plus Nate Jacobs (Jacob Elordi) and Cassie Howard (Sydney Sweeney) receiving their just desserts through Lexi’s play, others were quick to criticise the writing.

From the abrupt – and frankly silly – conclusion of Kat Hernandez (Barbie Ferreira) and Ethan Daley’s (Austin Abrams) romantic arc to the unresolved matter of Rue still owing a human trafficker $10,000, all taking the backseat for a deeply unnecessary acoustic performance from Elliot (Dominic Fike), there was plenty to complain about.

Side note: what was with that confusing artistic choice to have the chronology of events muddled by the play? And did Ashtray (Javon Walton) really need to die?

The upcoming season of Euphoria will have plenty of loose ends to tie up. Aside from Rue’s debt to the cold and calculating school teacher turned underworld figure Laurie (Martha Kelly), the most pressing developments concern Fezco/Fez (Angus Cloud) and Cal Jacobs (Eric Dane).

Euphoria Season 3: Release Date, Trailer, Cast, Spoilers, News

When we last left the beloved drug dealer, he was bleeding out from a gunshot wound in a chaotic SWAT raid. Whether he’ll face criminal charges for possession with intent to supply and the murder of Mouse (Meeko Gattuso) after being snitched on by a now-dead Custer (Tyler Chase) – as well as having his prints on the weapon that permanently silenced Custer – is a question that requires answering.

As for Cal Jacobs, the model citizen of Eastland High finds himself in handcuffs for a different reason. After being confronted by psycho son Nate, it was revealed the police received evidence he’d committed statutory rape during an encounter with Jules Vaughn (Hunter Schafer), conveniently downloaded onto a USB.

And based on her closing monologue in the season 2 finale, Rue’s story won’t involve healthy living for much longer.

“I stayed clean through the rest of the school year. I wish I could say that was a decision I made. In some ways, it was just easier. I don’t know if this feeling will last forever. But I am trying.”

There’s even a wild theory circulating the internet that she’s already dead and narrating from beyond the grave, given the tense she speaks in.

We’ll just have to wait until Euphoria season 3 arrives to find out.

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Do we know the Euphoria season 3 cast members?

It’d be reasonable to assume all the HBO series regulars are returning to the fictitious town of East Highland: Zendaya as Ruby Bennett, Hunter Schafer as Jules Vaughn, Maude Apatow as Lexi Howard, Angus Cloud as Fezco/Fez, Jacob Elordi as Nate Jacobs, Sydney Sweeney as Cassie Howard, Alexa Demie as Maddy Perez, and Barbie Ferreira as Kat Hernandez.

We’re also confident about seeing Nika King as Leslie Bennett, Storm Reid as Gia Bennett, Colman Domingo as Ali Muhammed, Alanna Ubach as Suze Howard, John Ales as David Vaughn, Chloe Cherry as Faye, Martha Kelly as Laurie, Austin Abrams as Ethan Daley, and maybe Algee Smith as Christopher McKay.

Despite his character’s arrest, Eric Dane explains there’s more to explore with Cal Jacobs.

“There’s gonna be redemption. I mean, that’s the trajectory he’s on,” Dane tells Variety.

“I can’t imagine Cal’s life from solitary confinement. It’s tough to work Cal into the storyline when he’s behind bars.”

Despite Elliot telling Rue it was probably for the best if they were no longer friends Dominic Fike assured fans he was returning for Euphoria season 3 on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Most likely to continue his complicated dalliance with Hunter Schafer’s Jules, mirroring what’s going on in real life.

And despite the fact our favourite hardened pre-teen was (ostensibly) executed during the finale’s shootout, Javon Walton has hinted young Ashtray might still have a role to play in the upcoming season.

“With Ashtray, we’re not 100% if he’s dead, because you saw absolutely no blood, right?” Walton tells Entertainment Weekly.

“You didn’t see him fall. You did hear the bullet, but you didn’t see him get shot. So, there are little things that could potentially bring him back for another season.”

Additionally, there has been chatter surrounding Tom Holland making a guest appearance. The Spider-Man actor previously expressed interest in joining the Euphoria cast, with reports he’d visited the set of the second season “at least 30 times.”

“You know, we joke about sneaking him into the background and seeing if someone can spot him,” says Zendaya.

“Listen, I have been petitioning for this for a long time and it has not happened yet and I’m very disappointed,” says Tom Holland.

He’s enthusiastic, but don’t hold your breath.

The nudity problem

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Over the past few months, Sam Levinson faced backlash for the HBO series’ gratuitous nudity. Cast members were forced to speak about the matter.

“Every scene is like, ‘[Nate Jacobs] sleeps with this person. He does this with this person naked,’” Jacob Elordi explained during his most recent appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

“On Euphoria, it comes with the territory of the character. He’s this ultra-masculine, macho jock. Those guys, I think, tend to go around pretty shirtless, so it’s sort of OK.”

“I don’t think as many people took me seriously in Euphoria because I took my shirt off,” Sydney Sweeney told Cosmopolitan.

“There are hour-long compilations of male actors with nude scenes who win Oscars and get praised. But the moment a woman does it, it degrades them.”

But that isn’t to say anyone has been coerced into stripping bare.

“[Sam Levinson] is amazing,” adds Sweeney.

“There are moments where Cassie was supposed to be shirtless and I would tell Sam, ‘I don’t really think that’s necessary here.’ [And] he was like, ‘OK, we don’t need it.'”

“When I didn’t want to do [a nude scene], he didn’t make me.”

“[Sam Levinson] thought it would be more interesting if my dress fell to the ground,” Minka Kelly revealed to Vanity Fair.

“That was my first day as a guest on this new show, and I just didn’t feel comfortable standing there naked.”

“I said, ‘I’d love to do this scene, but I think we can keep my dress on.’ He was like, ‘OK!’ He didn’t even hesitate. And he shot a beautiful scene and got exactly what he wanted.”

Even with the presence of an intimacy coordinator – who Elordi jokes is like his “second mum” – it’d also be reasonable to assume Euphoria season 3 will feature less graphic sex scenes, stray dicks, and glimpses of Sydney Sweeney topless.

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When is the Euphoria season 3 release date?

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Currently, there’s no word on an official release date for Euphoria season 3.

Euphoria season 2 was delayed due to COVID-19. Hopefully, that shouldn’t be an issue anymore, saving fans from rationing another pair of hour-long special episodes over the Christmas break. There is, however, a new “problem” that could slow the production of the HBO series.

As Euphoria became one of the most in-demand shows, Zendaya became one of the most in-demand Hollywood actresses.

At the time of this writing, the former Disney star is filming a sports drama entitled Challengers directed by Luca Guadagnino (Call Me By Your Name), with the highly-anticipated Dune sequel next up; the latter of which is slated to release on October 20th in 2023.

Between those two projects, whatever plans she has with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and her commitments to various fashion brands, that’s a pretty full plate. And not a whole lot of time if the upcoming third season is to hit streaming queues by 2023.

“I just saw something that said 2024, which kind of makes sense,” says Eric Dane.

“We’ll go back and shoot maybe in November… It’s always changing.”

Plus, the news of The Idol – Sam Levinson’s other HBO project currently in development with The Weeknd – going through a massive overhaul after deciding it needs a “new creative direction” can’t be making things easier for the Euphoria showrunner vis-a-vis workload either.

Stay tuned for updates on the official Euphoria season 3 release date.

Is there a Euphoria season 3 trailer?

Similar to the release date, Euphoria season 3 doesn’t have an official trailer just yet. In the meantime, enjoy some bloopers.