In a season finale postmortem interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Euphoria creator Sam Levinson has answered the question some die-hard fans have been wanting to know: "Is Rue dead?"
On that final scene, Levinson said: "I love what people's interpretations are of it. Rue's not dead, if that's the question. I thought it was interesting when I read a piece [about that theory] and loved the piece but I think Rue has a big journey ahead of her, and a tough one. It's not something I want to cut short because of who Rue means to me as someone who has battled with addiction and come out the other side, and because I think that there's a lot more to delve into and unpack in terms of the effects of addiction on Rue and on her family and those around her. The possibilities are endless in many ways."
And, just if we needed any clarification, when asked if the theories that Rue is dead can be put to rest, Levinson says: "Yes, Rue is not dead. That I can say for certain." There you have it, folks. Like we (and Jacob Elordi and Hunter Schafer) told you.
Levinson also gave some Season 2 hints and talked about the future of the show and its length, something HBO president Casey Bloys talked about during the TCA tour. "We need to continue to push it in terms of its ideas and characters and themes and also cinematically, and I think as long as we're growing as actors and filmmakers then the possibilities of it are endless. There are new characters who can be woven in, there's new trajectories, there's people who leave and come back, so there's not a set number of seasons that I have in mind but there's definitely stories that I want to tell, particularly about Rue and Rue's family, before we move onto other things."
On fan-favorite characters Lexi and Fezco, who didn't get their own backstories in Season 1 and have fans yearning for more of them, Levinson added, "I wrote the role of Lexi for Maude [Apatow] because she is a genius, so I've always had a very specific plan for her character. And in terms of Fezco, the same holds true. I have the same wishes that I think the audience has because I'm just so enamored by Fezco. His story didn't belong in season one, it belongs in season two — and that's something that I knew pretty early on. I think what's interesting about the prologues and the design of the show, and knowing that we're making something for television that's released week-to-week, is I want the audience to make certain assumptions about certain characters and I want them to judge them in ways that ultimately get upended once we fully understand the complexity of their lives and what they've been through and how they got to where they are. I think the nature of growing up is the understanding that people are far more complicated than we initially assume and everybody is trying to overcome the little traumas or big traumas in their lives, and that journey of whether or not we overcome them is ultimately what shapes us as human beings. It's been interesting watching it unfold and I'm excited by people who are going to go back and watch it again knowing what they know now. And also going into season two, we know who all of these characters are, so the possibilities of it become pretty exciting from a writing and filmmaking standpoint."
Euphoria Season 2 will air in 2020 on HBO.