The buzziest show of 2022 so far, Euphoria, is coming to an end in the coming week. Since the release of the first episode on January 9, 2022, viewers have been obsessing over HBO’s Euphoria Season 2, which features the best drama and storylines. While the on-screen drama takes up the most headlines, apparently the off-screen drama isn’t any less intense.
As first reported by The Daily Beast, actress Barbie Ferreira, who plays Kat in the show reportedly stormed off the set of Euphoria multiple times due to creative differences with writer-creator Sam Levinson. An alleged feud between Ferreira and Levinson has been making the rounds for quite some time. Apparently, Ferreira disliked Levinson’s vision for her character, Kat, in Season 2, so he dramatically cut her off from the whole narrative. Ferriera’s absence from the highly anticipated premiere of Euphoria Season 2 further fuels the alleged feud.
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While it’s unclear whether Levinson actually cut off Ferreira’s scenes from the script, the most recent episode has got fans wondering whether the rumors are true. Ferreria’s Kat was one of the strongest characters in Season 1 with a compelling storyline as she discovers her sexual power and learns to love her body after a difficult childhood with a fat-girl body image. Fans have been asking why Kat Hernandez, a fan favorite, acted out of character in episode 7 and why her story arc has been shelved throughout Euphoria Season 2.
With the rumors going on, Ferrara spoke to The Cut about her character’s arc in season two, “Kat’s journey this season is a little more internal and a little mysterious to the audience. She is secretly going through a lot of existential crises. She loses her marbles a little bit — just like everyone else in this season. The theme is everyone’s gone a little crazy.”
The crazy long working hours add to the behind-the-scenes drama. According to The Daily Beast, everyone on the show was working between 15 and 17 hours a day. The Thrillist spoke with Jacob Elordi, who portrays Nate Jacobs, about the long working days of Euphoria Season 2. “The thing is, we do it for so long,” Elordi told the outlet. “We shot that party for over a week, so very quickly it’s like being in Hell. It’s like being in a party that you don’t want to be in. At all. And you can’t wait.” he said.
Despite all this behind-the-scenes drama, the popular show has been renewed for a third season before season two has even finished airing. With the penultimate episode airing on Sunday, February 20, the show is preparing for its big fat finale next week. You can catch up with the on-screen drama and off-screen by streaming all the episodes of Euphoria seasons 1 and 2 available on HBO Max.