Euphoria has done it again. For its season 2 finale, the show has broken its ratings record.
As Variety reports, Sunday’s episode drew 6.6 million viewers and per HBO, season 2 episodes “are now averaging 16.3 million viewers, the best performance for any season of an HBO series over the past 18 years, other than Game of Thrones.” Season 2’s finale nabbed five times as many viewers as season 1’s.
This news comes as prior to the finale, Twitter announced Euphoria was the most-tweeted-about show of the decade.
A few weeks ago, Zendaya talked to Shadow and Act recently about what Rue went through this season, particularly Rue’s recent drug-fueled hallucination of being in church with a pastor (played by Euphoria music head Labrinth) and hugging her father.
“It’s interesting because we always had it written, but it wasn’t fully fleshed out and we didn’t have a particular song for it,” she said regarding the church hallucination scene. “I think we were originally going to sing a song that already existed. It’s funny because we were actually shooting that kind of later on in the season for episode four, and in between takes, Sam [Levinson, Euphoria‘s creator] or myself would go over to where Lab was, and we’d just go in there and just start working, coming up with stuff and writing together. And I love writing with Lab. I’ve been able to do it before and especially in the context of Euphoria. And just kind of understanding me where Rue is going and where she’s at.”
“It’s the idea of Rue being tired of being who she is and you can look at it from like a more melancholy and kind of deep sadness, but there’s also this idea of [an] ‘I don’t want to be who I am anymore’ feeling and this idea of rebirthing and becoming someone else or stepping into a new phase of your life, which I really have hope for Rue in that sense,” she added.
Euphoria has been renewed for season 3, but it’s unclear when it will return.
Trey Mangum and Monique Jones contributed to this report.