Euphoria Creator Confirms Whether Rue is Really Dead

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Have you been wondering whether Rue has been dead all along on HBO's Euphoria?

The controversial drama has amassed a big following despite only premiering in June, and some fans have wondered whether the show's leading character, Rue (Zendaya) has been dead all along. 

Euphoria Season 1 Episode 8 -- the season finale -- raised a lot of questions for its final scene which added fuel to the fire that Rue died after her relapse, or even long before. 

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The scene in question revealed that Rue was back on drugs after deciding against leaving town on a train with her love interest, Jules. 

Rue made her way through her house in some of the most bizarre scenes to date, but her mother and sister could not see her. 

The First Meeting - Euphoria Season 1 Episode 4

The episode closed with a large crowd of dancers wearing robes that were the same color as the jacket Rue had been wearing all season long.

This also came in the aftermath of the revelation that Rue wears the jacket because it's her father's. 

Related: Euphoria Fate Revealed

Euphoria creator, Sam Levinson has shut down the rumors that Rue is dead, and has confirmed she is very much alive. 

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He said that he loves reading how people interpret that scene, but assured fans that he “can say for certain” that Rue isn’t dead.

“Rue’s not dead, if that’s the question,” Levinson told The Hollywood Reporter

“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,” he continued.

Related: Euphoria Season 1 Episode 8 Review: And Salt the Earth Behind You

So, there we have it, Euphoria fanatics. Rue's descent into darkness will continue to be charted on Euphoria Season 2 and beyond. 

Making a Fight - Euphoria Season 1 Episode 7

As for what is on the horizon for the new season, which starts filming later this year, there's good news for fans of Fezco. 

“His story didn’t belong in season one, it belongs in season two — and that’s something that I knew pretty early on,” he says of Fezco.

Related: Euphoria Season 1 Episode 1 Review: Pilot

Fezco, despite emerging as a fan-favorite early on did not get an episode focused on his life. Instead, he popped up as part of other stories, before getting a strand of his own on the season finale. 

What Did Fez Do? - Euphoria Season 1 Episode 8

HBO has yet to announce a return date for Euphoria, but it will likely be at some point next summer. 

What are your thoughts on knowing that Rue is definitely alive?

Hit the comments below. 

Paul Dailly is the Associate Editor for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.

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Euphoria Quotes

Every time I feel good, I think it'll last forever, but it doesn't.


I promise you. If I could be a different person, I would. Not because I want it, but because they do. But here's the thing. One day, I just showed up without a map or a compass, and at some point, you have to make a choice ... about who you are and what you want. And therein lies the catch.