The never-ending wait for Euphoria season 3: What’s causing the delay?

"There's a lot of back and forth."

It looks like we’ll be waiting a little longer for Season 3 of Euphoria to hit the small screen if recent comments from HBO executives are anything to go by.

In a recent chat with Variety, HBO CEO Casey Bloys shed light on the delays and creative challenges holding up the hit series’ highly anticipated return.

Euphoria first hit HBO screens in 2019, featuring an ensemble cast including Zendaya, Jacob Elordi, Hunter Schafer, Sydney Sweeney, Alexa Demie, Eric Dane, Maude Apatow, Storm Reid, and Colman Domingo, with the season 2 finale airing in February 2022.

In March 2024, HBO revealed that filming for season 3 was temporarily paused.

“HBO and Sam Levinson remain committed to making an exceptional third season,” the network said in a statement to Variety at the time. “In the interim, we are allowing our in-demand cast to pursue other opportunities.”

Euphoria creator Sam Levinson’s creative struggles

According to Ploys, Sam Levinson, the brain behind Euphoria, is wrestling with the new season’s direction.

“There’s been a lot of back and forth,” Bloys revealed.

“One of the issues I think that Sam is thinking about is that he doesn’t want to have it in high school anymore. That’s where it was set and what made sense then.”

“So when you take it out of that, there’s a lot of back and forth about where to set it and how far in the future to set it and all that stuff. But I think he’s got a take that he’s excited about, and he’s busy writing.”

The return of the core cast

The core cast of Euphoria is set to return in Season 3. HBO

Amidst all the uncertainty, one thing is clear: the core cast isn’t going anywhere.

Bloys reassured fans that the main stars will return. “It’s the same core cast,” he confirmed.

So, expect to see Zendaya, Jacob Elordi, Hunter Schafer, Sydney Sweeney, and the rest of the gang back on your screens. The specifics of their new adventures, however, remain shrouded in mystery.

Production woes and tragic loss

The road to season 3 has undoubtedly been rocky.

First, filming was initially halted due to the Writers Guild of America and Screen Actors Guild strikes.

Then, tragedy struck with the death of star Angus Cloud, who portrayed the beloved Fezco, following an accidental overdose at the age of just 25.


Cast members share their thoughts

Despite the setbacks, the cast remains optimistic.

Zendaya, who’s also an executive producer on the show, admitted in April, “I don’t know when the show is coming back… it’s beyond me.”

Meanwhile, Hunter Schafer also expressed her eagerness to reunite with her co-stars, saying, “Everyone’s kind of blown up, and so with that comes people travelling a lot… Whatever happens, I’m just excited to get back together once it’s time.”

The future of Euphoria might be uncertain, but one thing’s for sure: the anticipation is only growing stronger.

You can stream the first two seasons of Euphoria on Binge.

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