‘Euphoria’: This Fan Theory Suggests That One of Its Main Characters Has Been Dead Since The Beginning

When it comes to the new HBO series, Euphoria, a lot has been said about the show and its characters these past few weeks.

With unfiltered scenes surrounding the use of drugs, sex, violence, and nudity, the show has managed to grab fans’ attention right in the first few minutes.

Euphoria Cast
Euphoria cast attending the show’s premiere |Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for HBO

However, a recent fan theory has many of us questioning all the things we thought we knew about the show and its characters.

Fans think Rue might have been dead this entire time

Over the past few days, Euphoria fans have been in pretty hefty debates after the latest episode depicted a very animated sex scene between One Direction members Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson.

The scene involved the character Kat (Barbie Ferreira), a lonely, self-conscious teen exploring her sexuality by writing One Direction-inspired sexual fan-fiction fantasies online.

After that episode aired, fans have been taking to social media to share a fan theory no one ever saw coming.

Since Rue (played by Zendaya) is the narrator of the show and gives viewers insight into the lives of each character, fans think that the only reason she knows so much about everyone else could be because she is already dead.

According to Entertainment Weekly, some fans think that Rue might have actually died as a result of her drug overdose that takes place prior to the first episode.

With Rue being dead, she is telling the stories of the other characters from her point of view and sharing things, like Kat’s explicit fan fiction, that the other characters would never reveal.


This could be why, as one fan has pointed out, Rue seems to know everything about every character, and often fills the viewer in on their backstories as the plot thickens. 

Another point fans have made is that the other characters were relatively surprised to see that Rue was alive at the start of the school year, which just adds on to the theory.

Rue has talked about “losing” for the last time

Along with other news outlets, Entertainment Weekly made a great point as to why fans would think Rue has been dead this entire time.

In the first episode, Rue talks about the days leading up to her birth being the happiest for her.

She then dives into why she thinks this way, which now has fans thinking that she was foreshadowing her upcoming death.

“I was once happy, content, sloshing around in my own private, primordial pool. Then one day, for reasons beyond my control, I was repeatedly crushed by the cruel cervix of my mother, Leslie. I put up a good fight, but I lost, for the first time, but not the last.”

Fans of the show are starting to think that when Rue was talking about putting up a good fight and losing, this could have been her talking about her ongoing battle with addiction and eventually dying as a result.

Many of us now think that she did try to get the best of her addiction but lost a final time and is now sharing her story with others.

Whether or not this theory is true, we most likely will not find out the truth until later on in the series.