First Euphoria Special Episode Hitting HBO Max Early!

First Euphoria Special Episode Hitting HBO Max Early!

First Euphoria special episode hitting HBO Max early!

Just two days after announcing the Dec. 6 premiere date for the highly-anticipated first special episode of Euphoria, HBO Max has revealed that the episode entitled “Rue” will debut early on the streaming platform beginning this Friday! The announcement post can be viewed below!

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Series creator Sam Levinson wrote and directed the first episode (under COVID-19 guidelines), previously titled “Trouble Don’t Last Always,” which will also feature Colman Domingo. The episode synopsis reads as follows:

“In the aftermath of being left by Jules at the train station and relapsing, the first special episode follows Rue (played by Emmy-winner Zendaya) as she celebrates Christmas.”

The drama ranks as HBO’s youngest skewing drama series on the network’s digital platforms. In addition to delivering a series high for its Sunday night 10 p.m. premiere telecast, Euphoria continued to grow every week on HBO’s digital platforms. The series premiere night delivered over 5.5 million viewers across HBO’s platforms.

Kicking off its eight-episode first season June 16 on HBO, the series stars Zendaya (Spider-Man: Far From Home) who heads the ensemble cast of the show, which follows a group of high school students as they navigate a minefield of drugs, sex, identity, trauma, social media, love and friendship. The series is created and written by Sam Levinson (HBO’s The Wizard of Lies), who also directs five episodes of the first season.

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Euphoria puts a fresh spin on the coming-of-age narrative, exploring the teenage landscape of substance-enhanced parties and anxiety-ridden day-to-day life with empathy and candor. The series follows 17-year-old Rue Bennett (Zendaya), a drug addict fresh from rehab, who’s struggling to make sense of her future. Her life changes dramatically when she meets Jules Vaughn (Hunter Schafer), a girl who recently moved to town following her parents’ divorce, and like Rue is searching for where she belongs.

The cast for the first season of Euphoria includes Zendaya, Maude Apatow, Angus Cloud, Eric Dane, Alexa Demie, Jacob Elordi, Barbie Ferreira, Nika King, Storm Reid, Hunter Schafer, Algee Smith and Sydney Sweeney.