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Sex, glitter, and drugs: How can you watch ‘Euphoria’ online?

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Critics agree that Euphoria never fails to leave its audiences speechless! According to the show’s trailer, season 2 is a wild ride of drug dealing, a possible planned pregnancy, bathroom meltdowns, and falling in love. 

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Ready for the hard-hitting drama of the second season? We’ve compiled all the best ways to watch Euphoria online, especially when you’re on a budget.

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Sex, glitter & drugs

Sex, glitter & drugs are three words that can sum up the popular HBO Max high school drama, Euphoria. The creators & actors of the show have been recognized for the intricacies of its characters & storyline.

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The renowned cast (that includes Zendaya & Hunter Schafer) portrays teenagers experiencing drug addiction, online sex work, domestic abuse, and childhood trauma (think Jules’ psychiatric facility). Season one was received by audiences so sensationally that season two is all anyone can talk about — and for a good reason.   

The official second season of Euphoria was released on January 9th, 2022. Talking to Stylecaster, Sydney Sweeney (who plays Cassie) teased the second season stating, “Cassie has a crazy storyline in season 2 that I did not expect. Every time I read a new episode that Sam writes, my jaw is on the ground and I can’t believe this is something coming out of someone’s mind.”

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Rumor has it that fans should expect a dark & difficult road for Euphoria’s characters this season. Before pressing the play button to watch Euphoria online or streaming on your smart TV, know that the newest episodes may provoke viewers to embark on an emotional rollercoaster.

Episode one: a quintessential New Year’s Eve party 

The second season opens up with a flashback of Fezco’s childhood. His background story illustrates how he inherited a drug dealing business from a ripe young age. The initial episode doesn’t shy away from jaw-dropping intensity as it entails: a murder, a disturbing druglord shakedown, Rue on a bender, and a quintessential New Year’s Eve party. 

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Zendaya told Teen Vogue, “I think this season’s not going to be easy, though. It’s not going to be a fun watch, I don’t think. Sometimes. The award-winning actress implies that the newest content of Euphoria is far from sweet & pleasant. The turmoil of the characters’ lives gets down to the nitty-gritty.  

Zendaya’s voice is still the narration for the series, and it ties in new stories like Rue’s relapse, Cassie’s internal battle/decision making, Nate’s physical assault, and Jules’ love for Rue. Additionally, there’s speculation that Kelvin Harrison Jr. & Lil Nas X will be joining the cast for season two & season three.

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Euphoria’s Sam Levinson was a teen addict

Euphoria’s teen characters’ dark and challenging journey (especially Rue) may be rooted in real-life experiences more so than meets the eye. Writer Sam Levinson dealt with addiction during his teenage years and often coached Zendaya to help embody the authenticity in Rue’s character. 

Levinson explained to audiences at the Arclight Cinerama Dome, “I spent the majority of my teenage years in hospitals, rehabs, and halfway houses,” At nineteen, Levinson checked into rehab to “get off opiates and on a more productive drug like crystal meth,” joking that he couldn’t pursue his love of writing when using the former. 

Euphoria returned Sunday after a lengthy hiatus from the first-season finale. This wait was broken up a bit by the release of two standalone specials that were taped with a limited cast & crew amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The episodes were collaboratively created between Levinson & Hunter Schafer.

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The break from COVID had proven useful for Levinson as he collaborated with actors such as Schafer to further develop the character’s depth & journeys. Levinson pulled inspiration from his own past as well as the personal sentiments of his actors.

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Where to watch Euphoria online?

According to HBO, Euphoria was a hit on social media, taking the title of the “most social premium cable series episode” since the Game of Thrones finale in May 2019. If you want to watch Euphoria online, try a Hulu free trial, HBO Max offers two plans for $9.99. You can also watch with Crave’s 7-day free trial in Canada, available to new subscribers only.

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