‘Euphoria’ Season 2 Is ‘a Completely Different Show,’ Jacob Elordi Says

After too long of a break, Euphoria Season 2 is finally almost done filming. In a recent interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live with Julie Bowen, Nate Jacobs actor Jacob Elordi gave a small glimpse into the new season. And according to Elordi, Euphoria Season 2 is going to be “a completely different show.”

'Euphoria' Season 2's Jacob Elordi as Nate Jacobs. Elordi returns for season 2, currently in production. He says the new season of 'Euphoria' is 'a completely different show.' In this photo from season 1, he stands in a carnival booth at night wearing a green crew neck shirt. He looks off into the distance with a blank stare on his face.
Jacob Elordi as Nate Jacobs in ‘Euphoria’ Season 1 | Eddy Chen/HBO

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Elordi plays the intimidating Nate in Euphoria. In season 1, Nate was the main antagonist. He allowed his personal struggles to affect how he treated Rue, Jules, Maddy, and just about everyone else on the show. And the character is viewed as a prime example of American toxic masculinity.

Elordi will return for Euphoria Season 2, which he told Bowen is currently filming. The Euphoria Season 1 finale aired Aug. 4, 2019. And season 2 was delayed by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. To tide fans over, Euphoria creator Sam Levinson worked with Zendaya and Hunter Schafer to make two special episodes released in December 2020 and January 2021.

Euphoria‘s “Rue” and “Jules” (aka “F–k Anyone Who’s Not A Sea Blob”) was tied to season 1. But they were vacuum episodes that allowed character development to progress without impacting the Euphoria Season 2 plot. Elordi did not appear in the specials.

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‘Euphoria’ Season 2 is ‘insane,’ according to Jacob Elordi

Production for season 2 is underway. And Elordi teased this season will be much different from the first.

“We’re shooting right now,” The Kissing Booth star said. “We’ve been… I was filming yesterday, I’m filming tomorrow. It’s insane.”

Elordi couldn’t reveal much of anything, but he did promise, “It’s just, it’s insane, but it’s like a completely different show.”

In season 1, Nate was more than just a bully to his classmates. He horribly manipulated Jules, attacked Lukas Gage’s character, Tyler, and framed him, winding him up in jail. And he had an abusive dynamic with his girlfriend, Maddy (Alexa Demie). However, Elordi doesn’t think Nate is a psychopath, like some fans believe.

“I think he’s like an incredibly traumatized little boy,” he told The Wrap, referencing the huge fight Nate and his father (Eric Dane) had in the finale. “And when you see that release there, it’s not a release after a season of us watching him, it’s a release after 18 years. His whole life has been building up to that.”

Jacob Elordi and Alexa Demie as Nate and Maddy in 'Euphoria' Season 1. The actors hold hands while walking down a high school hallway. Blue lockers line the halls. Elordi wears a tan long-sleeved shirt and black jeans and Demie wears a denim crop top with matching pants.
Jacob Elordi and Alexa Demie in ‘Euphoria’ Season 1 | Eddy Chen/HBO

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Elordi also thinks Nate believes a lot of his actions are justified. When Maddy finally dumps him for good in the finale, however, there is a bit of acceptance on his part. But when it comes to Nate’s conflicts with Rue and Jules, Elordi said Nate feels like he’s always honest with them. He said:

“When I played it, I always toed the line between him literally meaning everything he said, and him sort of messing with them. I never really came at it with the intention of, ‘I’m scheming and I’m going to mess with your emotions here.’ I always looked at it as, even though he’s socially and morally unjustifiable, if you really get down to it — except when he’s lying — when he’s talking to Jules and Rue, he’s kind of always telling the truth. He’s pretty blunt and he uses the truth because he knows that it hurts them and it manipulates them. But I found the scene, I approached the scene with Rue at the end as if he like sort of felt sorry for her. As if he was trying to give her hard advice.”

Last fans saw of Rue in season 1, she had relapsed. And what happened after that overdose still isn’t known. But Zendaya confirmed season 2 will be more devastating than season 1, calling Rue’s plot “devastating.”

“I think this season’s not going to be easy, though,” she told Teen Vogue. “It’s not going to be a fun watch, I don’t think. Sometimes.”

Euphoria Season 2 could tentatively come out in late 2021 or early 2022.