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‘Euphoria’ season 3 has been delayed again – at this point do we even care anymore?

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If it feels like forever ago that we sat down for that absolutely wild final episode of Euphoria's second season, that's because it was. The second season aired in January 2022, and featured some admittedly thrilling plot points like character deaths, Lexi's play and that Maddie vs. Cassie showdown. But everything about the hit TV series seems to be falling apart, according to the latest update from HBO. From cast schedule conflicts, departing cast members, the death of Angus Cloud, delayed production and rumours of a scrapped season, will the series even make it to the ill-received 2025 release date? Here's everything we know.


Will there be a third season?

Yes. As far as has been confirmed, there will still be a third season of Euphoria – despite Barbie Ferreira's sudden exit from the show, Javon Walton's character's planned departure, and Angus Cloud's tragic death. At this stage, the bigger question is when will it arrive?

Executive vice president of HBO programming, Francesca Orsi, said in a statement back in February 2022 that the network are honoured to work with the team into the future on a third season of the series. “Sam [Levinson], Zendaya, and the entire cast and crew of Euphoria have taken Season 2 to extraordinary heights, challenging narrative convention and form, while maintaining its heart,” said Orsi. “We couldn’t be more honoured to work with this gifted, wildly talented team or more excited to continue our journey with them into Season 3.”

However, the latest updates from HBO per Variety reveal that the conservative 2025 release date, which was announced following the Hollywood strikes and out of respect of Angus Cloud's death, may also be optimistic.

Production has been delayed, though “HBO and Sam Levinson remain committed to making an exceptional third season,” said a representative from the network. “In the interim, we are allowing our in-demand cast to pursue other opportunities.”


Who will be starring in season 3 of Euphoria?

Since Euphoria first aired in 2019, its stars have gone on to build successful careers in Hollywood. Jacob Elordi is no exception. The Australian actor has starred in Saltburn, Sofia Coppola's Priscilla, The Sweet East, and is set to lead The Narrow Road to the Deep NorthOh CanadaGuillermo del Toro's Frankenstein, On Swift Horses and multiple more. For this reason, the star's schedule is looking very full, resulting in his diminished role for season 3 of Euphoria.

Meanwhile, his co-stars like Zendaya have been tapped for Dune and Luca Guadagnino's ChallengersHunter Schafer has appeared in the latest Hunger Games movie and will star in Yorgos Lanthimos' next film. Sydney Sweeney is everywhere, from The White Lotus to horror Immaculate to thriller Reality to romcom Anyone But You to Marvel's Madame Web and even Barbarella.

While there’s no details about major casting changes or additions, save for the fact that Ferreira, Walton and Cloud's characters will not be returning, it’s safe to assume many of the current ensemble cast will return for the next season – including Zendaya, Hunter SchaferAlexa Demie, Sydney Sweeney and Dominic Fike.


What will the plot of season 3 of Euphoria be about?

The show's creator, Sam Levison, said in a recent interview that he envisioned the next season as a "film noir", where Rue plans to "explore what it means to be an individual with principles in a corrupt world.”

Costume designer n Heidi Bivens also said back in April that she thought season three might take place five years after season two. “There is talk of it being approximately five years in the future, and that they're not in high school anymore. Dorothy's not in Kansas anymore. I mean, it might be a total trip. Who can say? But knowing Sam's brain, it's gonna be exciting, and he will challenge all of us, because he won't want to repeat himself. It'll be something new for the audience to discover."

Keen fans have also spotted that the show's IMDb listing indicates that the third season will be filmed in multiple countries, including Singapore, Italy, England, and Ireland in addition to the USA.

Irrespective of which of the above rumours are true, we're expecting Levison and co to take some really big swings.


When can I watch season 3 of Euphoria?

Only a few months after HBO executives announced that filming for season three would begin later this year (which meant the new season was slated to premiere in 2024), it's been confirmed that there is now a delay. Season three is now scheduled to begin shooting in the latter half of 2023, with a 2025 release date, as confirmed by HBO boss Casey Bloys during a press event Thursday morning.

HBO Drama Chief Francesca Ors told Variety, “We can’t start shooting, so the delivery of that show — ideally in 2025 — will be determined on when we can pick back up with Sam [Levinson], who at this point is all pencils down and just finishing posts on The Idol.”


Where can I watch Euphoria in Australia?

The first two seasons of Euphoria are currently available to stream in Australia via Binge.


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