HBO said Monday that Euphoria will return for not one but two special episodes that are intended to bridge the gap between its successful Season 1 and Season 2, the latter of which has been delayed because of the coronavirus shutdown.
The network said the first of the two planned episodes of the series, for which star Zendaya won the Lead Actress in a Drama Series Emmy last month, will air Sunday, December 6 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The second episode does not yet have an airdate.
The first bonus episode, titled “Trouble Don’t Last Always,” follows Rue (Zendaya) as she celebrates Christmas. It was written and directed by series creator Sam Levinson and also stars Colman Domingo, who appeared in Season 1. Both episodes were produced under COVID-19 guidelines.
Zendaya said on her social media accounts today that she and co-star Hunter Schafer are set to appear in both episodes. “We really missed them. Two special Euphoria episodes coming soon. First one December 6th on @hbo,” the actress said on Instagram. The accompanying photo was of Zendaya’s Rue reflected in Schafer’s eye. In the cryptic shot, Zendaya tagged Schafer, Euphoria creator Sam Levinson and DP Marcell Rev.
The August 2019 season finale concluded with Rue, a recovering addict, falling back into her old habits after she leaves Jules behind on a train to a big city.
Euphoria won three total Emmys last month for its freshman run, also taking home prizes for Outstanding Contemporary Makeup and Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for Laberinth.
Zendaya had teased a single bridge episode during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in August, which HBO boss Casey Bloys confirmed on Emmy night would be a “special COVID episode.”
“We might end up doing a little bridge episode,” Zendaya told Kimmel at the time. “I don’t really know how to describe it, but an episode that we can do with a limited amount of people in a safer environment… so we have something to live on until we are able to go into Season 2.”