What Is Going On With Euphoria Season 3? Delay & Cast Problems Explained

Summary

  • Euphoria season 3 has been plagued by delays due to the cast’s busy schedules, rewrites, and tragic deaths.
  • The cast is free to take on other projects while Sam Levinson rewrites season 3, potentially delaying production further.
  • Despite delays, HBO is determined to release Euphoria season 3 in 2025.



Euphoria season 3 has experienced a series of delays since its renewal in early 2022, and many wonder if the new episodes will ever see the light of day. The HBO teen drama television series, created by Sam Levinson, premiered in June 2019 and was an instant hit, thanks to the intense subject matter, cinematography, and the performances of the Euphoria cast. It has also been the source of some controversy, due to its sexual content as a “teen” show. But Euphoria has also won several awards (including two leading actress Emmys for Zendaya, who plays Rue Bennett).

Euphoria has undoubtedly been one of the most talked-about shows on television since 2019, even though HBO has only produced two seasons and 18 episodes (including the two specials) as of the writing of this article. However, given its popularity, the network wants to release as much Euphoria content as possible, and that just hasn’t been the case. It has been more than two years since the catastrophic cliffhanger in the Euphoria season 2 finale, which aired on February 27, 2022, and it seems as if the cast and crew are no closer to starting production on season 3.



Euphoria Season 3 Has Been Delayed Again

The two-and-a-half-year gap between the first two seasons of Euphoria was partly due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, many expected the wait between seasons 2 and 3 to be much shorter. Unfortunately, that won’t be the case. Several factors have contributed to Euphoria season 3’s delays, including the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes in 2023, the (in-demand) cast’s busy schedules, and the unexpected and tragic death of Angus Cloud, who played Fez in the series. According to Deadline, the upcoming episodes have been delayed again due to script rewrites.

If the
Euphoria
cast continues booking projects (containing schedules that conflict with one another), it will be more difficult for HBO to coordinate the perfect time to begin production on season 3 when Levinson finishes the scripts.


Sam Levinson has been working on the Euphoria season 3 scripts for a long time, and Deadline‘s report reveals that continuous rewrites have resulted in filming being put on hold for the time being. Production was scheduled to begin in a few months, but since the scripts aren’t ready, it will be much longer before the cast and crew reunite to film new episodes. HBO confirmed in the statement that they still expect Euphoria season 3 to premiere sometime in 2025 despite the neverending delays, but that seems more of a pipe dream than a reality.

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Euphoria’s Cast Is Free To Take On Other Projects

Zendaya as Rue looking away in Euphoria

HBO has given the actors the green light to pursue other projects while Sam Levinson attempts to perfect Euphoria season 3’s story. The cast, including Zendaya, Jacob Elordi, Sydney Sweeney, Colman Domingo, Storm Reid, and more, have appeared in numerous high-profile films and television shows outside Euphoria and received awards and acclaim for their performances. So, they are in demand and aren’t able to just wait around to shoot season 3. However, the network’s permission to let the cast explore other opportunities will likely delay the upcoming season even more.

A report (via

The InSneider

) claims that Zendaya will return for the MCU’s
Spider-Man 4
and begin filming in the fall of 2024. But Marvel has neither confirmed the film’s existence nor Zendaya’s involvement in the rumored project.


Movie and series shoots are time-consuming and exhaustive, so if the Euphoria cast continues booking projects (containing schedules that conflict with one another), it will be more difficult for HBO to coordinate the perfect time to begin production on season 3 when Levinson finishes the scripts. Based on all these factors, a 2025 release date for Euphoria season 3 seems more unlikely with each passing day. It will be a miracle if HBO can accomplish this goal when Levinson is evidently having a hard time writing the episodes and the cast will be busy with other shows or films.

Euphoria Season 3 Is Still Happening

Maude Apatow as Lexi Howard in Euphoria looks upset


Despite the delays, HBO seems determined to produce Euphoria season 3 at all costs. The teen drama series brings in a lot of revenue and viewers for the network, so continuing to release more episodes is likely a priority for HBO. Consequently, whether the upcoming season premieres in 2025 or even further into the future, it will happen. The only questions that remain concerning the new episodes are when they will be released and who will be involved in the story (given the actors’ busy schedules and Euphoria season 3’s aging problem).

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When Will Euphoria Season 3 Be Released?


HBO is still aiming for a 2025 release date for season 3, even though that may get pushed back again depending on numerous factors. By then, it will have been over three years since Rue walked away from Jules in the Euphoria season 2 finale. The actors will be (and look) much older, and some viewers will likely have forgotten where the story left off. A time jump (and hopefully a recap) may be in store for the Euphoria season 3 premiere, but only time will tell when fans learn what happens next to Rue, Jules, Lexi, and the other characters.

The first two seasons of
Euphoria
are available to stream on Max.


Euphoria Poster

Euphoria

Euphoria is a teen drama created by Sam Levinson and starring Zendaya, Maude Apatow, and Angus Cloud. The series deals with the dark reality of a drug-addicted teen on her road to recovery as she faces a multitude of challenges and issues.

Cast
Storm Reid , Jacob Elordi , Maude Apatow , Hunter Schafer , Zendaya , Barbie Ferreira , Alexa Demie , Nika King , Colman Domingo , Eric Dane , Sydney Sweeney , Angus Cloud , Algee Smith

Release Date
June 16, 2019

Seasons
2

Streaming Service(s)
Max

Showrunner
Sam Levinson

Source: Deadline, The InSneider