🚨Warning: There are MASSIVE spoilers ahead for Euphoria!🚨
Euphoria finally gave us a new episode after a year since Season 1 ended, and all I want to do is talk about it.
The first of two special episodes, "Trouble Don't Last Always," picks up after Rue left Jules at the train station and follows Rue as she celebrates Christmas with Ali at a diner.
While we get a glimpse of what could have been with Rue and Jules living together, the episode truly hits its stride when Rue's fantasy bursts.
Structured like a long conversation, this episode dives deeper into Rue's addiction, her struggles to stay sober, and her relationship with Jules.
And we also learn more about Ali and his relationships with addiction and his family, all while he helps Rue come to terms with her own struggles.
The whole episode is a showcase for how talented Zendaya and Colman Domingo are, since they're able to make an episode with few other characters and mostly long monologues mesmerizing.
If you've come to know Euphoria as the show with great costumes and makeup, "Trouble Don't Last Always" is a perfect reminder of why this show is one of the best right now, because it puts the characters, dialogue, and actors front and center.
The episode strips away the glitter, and what we are left with is a perfect character study on Rue and Ali, and it's honestly one of the finest hours of television this year.
There are a lot of specific moments that stand out in "Trouble Don't Last Always" — Ali talking to his family on the phone is emotional — but it's Rue's breakthrough toward the end of the episode that gave me chills.
Not that there was any doubt before, but if you were wondering why Zendaya won the 2020 Emmy Award for Lead Actress in a Drama Series, look no further than this scene.
Basically, Euphoria proves with this quiet, heartbreaking, and magical episode why it's an important series and how a show can make an impact with just amazing dialogue and powerful performances — the glitter is an added bonus.
Just like me, the rest of the internet can't stop talking about this Euphoria special episode. Here are some of the best reactions:
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