‘Euphoria’: Zendaya Gives Glimpse Into the Bridge Episodes; ‘So Different From the 1st Season’

While fans of Euphoria may have to wait longer than they want for season 2 of the show, they’re getting something to tide them over. Thanks to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, production for Euphoria Season 2 has come to a screeching halt. Though this was a necessary shift, fans were devastated that they’d been spending so much time away from their favorite characters. Thankfully, Sam Levinson, who created the series, is giving fans two bridge episodes to help them through the seemingly endless waiting period.

Euphoria Season 2 star Zendaya
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Euphoria exploded onto the scene in the Summer of 2019, offering an in-depth look into what it’s like to grow up in this unique time period. Headlined by Zendaya, the show quickly garnered a massive fan base. In fact, the show was renewed for Season 2 before the first season even finished airing. But fans weren’t the only ones who fell in love with Euphoria. Critics seemed to find great value in the show also.

‘Euphoria’ Season 2 is on hiatus thanks to COVID-19

Though Season 2 of Euphoria is on hiatus, interest for the show has only increased. Recently, Zendaya made history for becoming the youngest person ever to win an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her portrayal of Rue. This, of course, renewed interest in the show. But the cast and crew of Euphoria have been very clear that they will not start filming Season 2 until they can shoot it the way it was intended without restrictions.

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Season 2 of Euphoria may be on hiatus, but fans won’t have to wait too long to briefly check in with their favorite characters. On October 19, 2020, it was announced that fans were being gifted two special bridge episodes. “Euphoria returns for two special episodes. the first premieres December 6 on HBO,” a statement on Euphoria’s official social media accounts reads. But, how did these bridge episodes come to fruition? And what can fans expect from them?

Zendaya reveals how the idea for the bonus episodes came about

In an interview with Essence, Zendaya revealed that the idea for the special episodes began with a phone conversation between herself and Levinson. “Sam [Levinson] and I talk a lot over the phone, and during one of those conversations he was like, ‘What if we just did a few little in-between episodes that we could put between the seasons, just to give people something?'” The Euphoria star revealed. “He wrote these beautiful episodes that actually stemmed from a scene he wrote for the second season that I was obsessed with. Then he basically turned it into one long episode.”

The ‘Euphoria’ bridge episodes feel different from Season 1

Zendaya continued on to share that the bonus episodes feel very different from the first season of Euphoria. “The storytelling method is so different from the first season,” the Emmy winner declared. “It feels like Euphoria but feels nothing like Euphoria, in a beautiful way. And it talks about things—specifically for Hunter Schafer’s character, Jules—that I think have never been explored before. You get to sit with the characters in a deeper way. I was so excited to be able to get back to it, because I miss playing Rue. Being able to get back into her Chucks definitely was very, very special for me.”

We’re sure Euphoria fans are looking forward to checking in with their favorite characters. As excited as Zendaya was to get back to Rue, fans are equally, if not more excited, about the opportunity to tune back into her world.