Sydney Sweeney, the actor who plays the role of Cassie Howard in HBO’s critically acclaimed and award-winning series Euphoria, has been discussing the upcoming plotline of season two which has been heavily disrupted by the current health crisis.
The show, created by Sam Levinson and based on the Israeli miniseries of the same name, follows a group of school students through their experiences of sex, drugs, friendships and love through the lead character Rue Bennett. Given the supreme popularity of the first season, HBO promptly commissioned a follow-up which has fans patiently waiting on tenterhooks.
“Euphoria creator Sam Levinson has built an incredible world with an extraordinary cast led by the supremely talented Zendaya. We are so grateful that he chose HBO as the home for this groundbreaking series,” said Francesca Orsi, EVP, HBO Programming. “We look forward to following these complex characters as their journeys continue through the challenging world they inhabit.”
The discussion around the new direction of the series has been debated feverishly since HBO confirmed the second instalment but, as fans speculate, Sydney Sweeney has revealed that the plot will once again be one of emotional turmoil. “I can’t really talk about any of the scripts, but they’re amazing,” she told NME. “Cassie definitely goes through the wringer again. I know what happens [to her] but I don’t want to give it away.”
Like much of the film and TV world, Euphoria has been hit by major delays enforced by the social distancing measures in place amid the coronavirus pandemic. “We had to halt, of course, just to make sure that everyone could be safe,” Sweeney said. “As soon as it’s safe for us to film Euphoria with the whole Euphoria grandness that comes with it, we’re waiting to make sure that we can do that in a safe manner.”
The sentiment was echoed by the show’s lead actor, Zendaya, who previously confirmed the delays: “We were supposed to go back to work, I believe, on March 16,” Zendaya told Variety. “And, literally, three or four days before that, they were shut down. I was like, ‘I was so close.’ We did camera tests and hair and makeup tests, and we got to see everybody and we had the sets were built.”
At the time, Zendaya teased the idea of creating a stop-gap for fans: “We might end up doing a little bridge episode,” she said, before adding: “I don’t really know how to describe it, but an episode that we can do with a limited amount of people in a safer environment so we have something to live on until we are able to go into Season 2.”
Now Sweeney, who plays the role of Lexi’s older sister and McKay’s girlfriend, has confirmed the plan: “[They’re] so we can give the audience a little something to tide them over,” Sweeney explained. “They’re like the COVID limited special edition.”