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Everything We Know About Euphoria Season 3: Cast, Release Date, News, Spoilers

Zendaya in Euphoria
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Although it got off to a slightly slow start with season one, HBO’s hit teen drama Euphoria cemented itself as one of America’s most talked-about shows when the second season aired in 2022. (Who can forget the delightful chaos of Euphoria Sundays on Twitter?) The show that won Zendaya her first Emmy and launched a thousand think pieces is slated to return for a third installment—but when?

There have been conflicting reports about the third season’s premiere date, with rumors swirling that the series is on indefinite hiatus. Read on for everything we know about Euphoria season three so far:

Spoilers for season two of Euphoria ahead.

Has Euphoria season three started filming?

Season three of Euphoria has been delayed several times, due to the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes and the July 2023 death of actor Angus Cloud. After a report hit the net that the series was canceled, on March 25th an HBO spokesperson confirmed to Variety that Euphoria will definitely be returning, saying “HBO and Sam Levinson remain committed to making an exceptional third season,” but “in the interim, we are allowing our in-demand cast to pursue other opportunities.” Variety added that season three scripts are “still being written.”

However, there are still doubts. Since its first season, several of Euphoria’s main cast have seen their careers blow up, including Zendaya, Sydney Sweeney, Jacob Elordi, Hunter Schafer, and Colman Domingo. This makes scheduling a bit more difficult.

Before the Los Angeles premiere of Challengers, Zendaya spoke with Variety’s Marc Malkin and admitted that she didn’t know when Euphoria would return. Though she’s an executive producer, she said she’s “not in charge” of production. “If it’s right for the characters and everything turns out the way it should, of course” the show will return, she said.“But it’s beyond me.”

In addition, Variety reports that there have been issues with the scripts. Levinson, who has total creative control as writer and director of the series, turned in a first pass in late 2023 with a time jump five years into the future. It reportedly included “meaty arcs” for Sydney Sweeney and Jacob Elordi that were “very compelling.” However, Zendaya wasn’t a fan of Rue’s proposed storyline, which featured the now-sober character working as a private detective and relegated largely to the background.

Zendaya proposed her own storyline, where Rue would be a pregnancy surrogate, but according to Variety sources, the new scripts “didn’t feel like the show tonally.”

Despite all the doubts, HBO, Levinson, and the show’s three main stars—Zendaya, Sweeney, and Elordi—are committed to finishing the story with a third season. Levinson is working on new scripts, and HBO has promised the cast it will come back to them on October 1st with a plan to begin filming in 2025.

Which cast members will return?

If all goes according to plan and the series does indeed return, most of the main cast would be reprising their roles for season three, including Zendaya as Rue Bennet, Sydney Sweeney as Cassie Howard, Alexa Demie as Maddy Perez, Hunter Schafer as Jules Vaughn, Maude Apatow as Lexi Howard and Jacob Elordi as Nate.

In February 2022, season two breakout Dominic Fike told Jimmy Fallon that his character, the moody, guitar-playing drug addict Elliot, would “absolutely” be part of season three.

Actor Eric Dane, who plays Nate Jacob’s duplicitous father Cal, has also confirmed his return. At the end of season two, Cal was arrested after Nate turned him into the police with damaging evidence of his underage relationships. Speaking to Variety, Dane addressed his character’s possible arc: “There's gonna be redemption. That's the trajectory he's on. I can't imagine Cal's life from solitary confinement. It's tough to work Cal into the storyline when he's behind bars.”

Images of Elordi training for his role as Nate also hit the internet, seeming to confirm his return:

One character who definitively won’t return is Kat Hernandez, played by Barbie Ferreira. Kat’s character sparked tons of discourse, given her treatment as the show’s sole plus-size character, in addition to endless rumors about behind-the-scenes drama between Ferreira and Levinson.

On August 24, 2022, Ferreira announced with an Instagram Story post that she would not return to Euphoria season three. “After four years of getting to embody the most special and enigmatic character Kat, I’m having to say a very teary-eyed goodbye," she wrote. "I hope many of you could see yourself in her like I did and that she brought you joy to see her journey into the character she is today. I put all my care and love into her and I hope you guys could feel it. Love you Katherine Hernandez."

Angus Cloud’s tragic death at the age of 25 on July 31, 2023 means that the character of Fezco will not be returning. Given that his sidekick, Ashtray (played by Javon “Wanna” Walton) seemed to have been killed in the season two finale, it’s unlikely he’ll return either—but you never know.

Will Euphoria’s season three be its last?

Should it come to fruition, all signs point to season three being Euphoria’s last.

Is there a Euphoria season three trailer yet?

There’s no trailer for Euphoria season three yet; stay tuned for updates.

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