Except for a pair of standalone specials, Euphoria has been off the air for nearly two and a half years since Season 1, due to the 2020 Hollywood shutdown. But it feels like barely any time has passed when Season 2 comes screeching up to the curb with a return episode that’s a party away from ending it all. One of the hour’s most significant dramatic moment involved a brand new arrival: Elliot, who saved Rue’s life. So, who plays Elliot on Euphoria Season 2? Like Zendaya, Dominic Fike is a multi-hyphenate artist.
Warning: Spoilers for Euphoria’s Season 2 premiere follow. Despite Rue’s visit with her sponsor and Jules’ therapy session in the standalone specials, Season 2 opens with the two getting back together. Going back to the dysfunctional relationship you know rather than risk moving on is a very high school-like choice. But things might not stay that way, as the future tends to come crashing in at inconvenient moments. This time, the trigger was yet another overdose by Rue, sending her into cardiac arrest.
Her timing was perfect to be saved — not by Fez or Jules or Lexi, but a brand new face: Elliot, who swoops in and revives her after the near-fatal combo of Faye’s dust and his own. In terms of getting the hero’s edit, Elliot’s arrival turned him into Rue’s new favorite person and may have thrown a wrench into her plans to live happily ever after with Jules.
The actor behind Elliot is an intriguing casting decision. Fike is an American singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who first rose to popularity on SoundCloud. His debut album, What Could Possibly Go Wrong, was released in the summer of 2020.
Having a second talented musician in a leading role for Euphoria may signal that the series plans to lean further into the musical, dream-like scenes that dotted the show’s first season. Many of those drug-fueled hallucinations took advantage of Zendaya’s former career as a Disney pop princess, using the lead actor’s vocals as part of the song and dance numbers. Even in an odd love triangle situation with Jules, pairing Zendaya with Fike could signal the show plans to go harder down that route. Fans will keep an eye out for the Season 2 soundtrack to see the results.
Euphoria Season 2 continues with new episodes weekly every Sunday on HBO at 9 p.m. ET and streaming on HBO Max.