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

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For a show that has quickly become one of the best on television, it's disappointing that Euphoria Season 1 Episode 8 -- the season finale -- felt like a regular installment. 

As for as resolution goes, there was little, and while the episode would have been decent as a middle of the season one, it's difficult not to feel disappointed. 

We'll start with Nate because this kid is going to grow up to be a serial killer at this rate. 

The Truth? - Euphoria Season 1 Episode 7

He's still scheming his way through scenarios, hurling threats, and abusing everyone who gets in his way. I can't be the only one who wanted Euphoria Season 1 to conclude with him dead, or at the very least, in jail. 

Continuing Nate's journey into Euphoria Season 2 feels like a stretch, primarily because he has a list of enemies that now extends from his school right to his own home. 

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It's obvious that Nate is struggling. He wants to keep up the ruse that his life is perfect, but in reality, he's a self-loathing young man who has been forever damaged by some of the $hit he's witnessed over the years. 

I love hospitals. If I could spend the rest of my life in a hospital, I would. Because when you’re in a hospital, you have zero responsibilities.

Rue

Nate's rage was in full display when he hurled homophobic insults at his father, before proceeding to hurt himself over and over in an endless loop.

Maddy and Nate - Euphoria Season 1 Episode 5

He hates that he has these outbursts, but he also feels somewhat invincible. Getting away from the police for attacking Maddy was just the icing on the cake, and his father has drummed into him growing up that anything is achievable if he puts his mind to it. 

Cal telling Maddy that the relationship is not going to end well wasn't as much of a threat as it initially appeared to be. 

Despite the family thinking Maddy is not worthy of dating Nate, Cal is worried about why Nate is lashing out, and he's wondering whether Nate has been forever affected by the truth. 

Your whole family is so f—kin’ weird.

Maddy

At one point, Nate knew there was a certain way his father arranged his home movies, and Nate always returned them in the right place so he his father would never know the truth. 

The Jacobs at the School - Euphoria Season 1 Episode 5

In yet another example of Nate not giving a crap anymore, he used one of the DVDs as a bookmark. Having Maddy in possession of it is a stroke of genius because she could be the one to ultimately take her boyfriend down. 

I'm hoping that her decision to dance with Nate at the prom was her way of digging her heels in so that she could get some revenge of her own. 

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Maddy doesn't want the world to know that Nate likes men. Much like Nate, she likes to keep up this ruse that her life is perfect, despite her family not being in the best state financially. 

Being in a relationship with someone like Nate oozes power because his family owns like half of the town. 

Maddy Returns to School  - Euphoria Season 1 Episode 5

If Maddy is back with Nate because she's struggling with her feelings, then I fear that one day, Nate is going to go too far and kill her. 

There's no denying that she provoked him when she was making digs about him not being hard enough for sexual intercourse, prompting him to try to make a case that did not involve him being gay.

We don't have confirmation on whether Nate is gay, but we do have confirmation that he does have some genuine feelings for Jules ... even if he's went about showing her it in the most unorthodox of ways. 

Rue knew there was something going on, and while she was happy that she and Lexi mostly figured it out on Euphoria Season 1 Episode 7, her instincts to protect Jules continued to intensify. 

The First Meeting - Euphoria Season 1 Episode 4

Attempting to threaten Nate was not Rue's finest moment, but it also helped her realize that Nate was never going to stop and that Jules would be better well away from the town. 

Jules was on a high after easy things were for her in the city that Rue knew she would accept the offer to run away without really thinking it through. 

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In the moment, Rue would have probably run away, but saying something and doing it are two very different things. Telling Jules to run alone was difficult, but she knew it was the only way forward. 

I dare say Jules is going to be trying to get Nate out of town for good when Euphoria Season 2 gets underway so that if Jules ever returns home, she'll be able to do so without worrying about whether she's going to be arrested. 

Jules Leaves Town  - Euphoria Season 1 Episode 8

But Jules may well find love with Anna, and Rue will always be mad because she was the one who pushed her love interest away from town. 

Even though Jules loves Rue, their relationship doesn't strike me as long-lasting ... especially when you consider the fact that Jules is getting closer to someone else. 

Jules doesn't understand why Rue wanted to get out of town, so she will probably be at odds with Rue for some time until the threat of Nate causing imploding her life. 

It's a shame that Rue turned back to drugs, but it was obvious she felt like she was saying goodbye to Jules for good, and that's why she had the reoccurring thoughts of all the bad things that have happened in her short life. 

Zendaya Plays Rue - Euphoria

Her dad dying had a profound effect on her (as it should), and it seems like we're supposed to take from it that she thought she was losing Jules forever. 

People deal with loss in different ways, and it's sad that Rue had to take some drugs to help her get through it. 

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Zendaya has been such a delight to watch throughout Euphoria Season 1, and her singing "All of Us" with Labrinth was perfect. 

Is one of us gonna get hurt? Yeah. Probably. But I’ll do my best to make sure that it’s me.

Ethan

The cinematography during that final scene was stunning. It was a great way of highlighting that Rue was starting to feel the way she was when she last on drugs. 

As for Fez, his journey on "And Salt the Earth Behind You" was surprising. The teasers certainly made it seem like he was about to take Nate out of the equation for good. 

What Did Fez Do? - Euphoria Season 1 Episode 8

Instead, he tried to find a way to get back in good standing with Mouse, the person who supplies the drugs. Turning to a wealthy doctor to get some capital helped him survive another day, but I'm starting to get the impression that Mouse wants to get rid of Fez. 

Mouse waited with the gun, clearly ready to shoot Fez, but he started to question whether he valued the cash more. I don't know why, but I thought we were going to get a WTF reveal that Mouse was the one to call the cops to get revenge on Fez for arguing with him on Euphoria Season 1 Episode 2. 

Stranger things have happened, people! It was easy to assume Nate was the one to alert the cops, but we don't actually have concrete proof that Nate stooped that low. 

The ending could have been better, but hopefully there is not big wait on the horizon for Euphoria Season 2 because the takedown of the Jacobs family needs to start, like, right now. 

Other tidbits from the episode:

  • Sydney having an abortion was no surprise, but the big surprise was that her mom was in a scene without clutching a glass of wine. 
  • Did anyone else think Rue's mother was reading the letter at her daughter's funeral? It would have been a crazy twist, but this show is all about subverting expectations. 
  • Kat apologizing to Ethan was good and all, but is she going to give up her Kitty Queen persona to make the relationship work?

Okay, Euphoria Fanatics. It's over to YOU. 

What did you think of the episode?

Hit the comments below. 

And Salt the Earth Behind You Review

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Euphoria Season 1 Episode 8 Quotes

Is one of us gonna get hurt? Yeah. Probably. But I’ll do my best to make sure that it’s me.

Ethan

Your whole family is so f—kin’ weird.

Maddy