We will be discussing portions of Euphoria’s Season 1 finale, "And Salt the Earth Behind You."
Needless to say, spoilers ahead. You've been warned.
In the final scene of Euphoria’s Season 1 finale, we see Rue relapse before we’re propelled into a highly choreographed number featuring a choir and band performing a new version of Labrinth’s "All for Us" with vocals from Zendaya.
While Euphoria creator Sam Levinson "loves" seeing people’s interpretations from that final scene, he wants to make it clear that you can put an end to the "Rue is dead" theory because he "can say for certain" that she isn’t.
"Rue's not dead, if that's the question," Levinson told The Hollywood Reporter. "I thought it was interesting when I read a piece [about that theory] and loved the piece but I think Rue has a big journey ahead of her, and a tough one."
Levinson explains that the parallels between his own addiction and Rue’s is something he wants to explore even further, especially in regards to how it not only impacts her, but members of her family.
"It's not something I want to cut short because of who Rue means to me as someone who has battled with addiction and come out the other side, and because I think that there's a lot more to delve into and unpack in terms of the effects of addiction on Rue and on her family and those around her," he said. "The possibilities are endless in many ways."
As for what he envisions for Season 2, Levinson reveals that he’s "already started writing a good portion of it," and has a "pretty clear sense of where it's headed," but wants to allow the characters to take the story where it should go.
Levinson also sheds some light on what we can expect to see from fan favorites Fezco and Lexi in Season 2. "His story didn't belong in season one, it belongs in season two — and that's something that I knew pretty early on," he says of Fezco, suggesting that a cold open with his backstory is on the horizon.
Aside from stating that he wrote the role of Lexi specifically for Maude Apatow, Levinson interestingly adds, "I've always had a very specific plan for her character." What exactly does he mean by that? We’ll let you come up with your own theories.
Head on over to The Hollywood Reporter to read Levinson’s interview in its entirety.