Euphoria season two gets January release date and new trailer featuring the return of Zendaya

More than two years after it first premiered, Euphoria will finally return for its sophomore season, HBO revealed on Tuesday.

The network dropped a frenetic new trailer starring Zendaya as the unhinged drug addled Rue and announced that the fresh episodes will stream on January 9, 2022.

Plans for the second season of the show were derailed by COVID-19 and last year the network aired two special episodes outside of the timeline of the series as a sort of stop-gap for fans.

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Finally! HBO dropped a frenetic new trailer for the second season of Euphoria starring Zendaya as the unhinged drug addled Rue and announced that the fresh episodes will stream on January 9, 2022

Zendaya kicks off the trailer laying in Rue’s messy bed while singing along to Frank Sinatra’s Oscar winning song, Call Me Irresponsible.

She proceeds to hop up and dance around to the classic song which get remixed partway through the trailer as frenzied scenes from the new season pop up in quick succession.

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‘When you’re younger, everything feels so permanent,’ the Emmy winner narrates over shots of birthday parties and club scenes. ‘But as you get older, you begin to realize … nothing is. And everyone you love can drift away.’

The dramatic new season looks like a troubling one for Rue who appears to find herself in more than one violent altercation in the clip – at one point being shoved into a wall by her throat at the hands of a terrifying looking man.

Messier than ever: Zendaya kicks off the trailer laying in Rue’s sloppy bed while singing along to Frank Sinatra’s Oscar winning song, Call Me Irresponsible

‘When you’re younger, everything feels so permanent,’ the Emmy winner narrates over shots of birthday parties and club scenes. ‘But as you get older, you begin to realize … nothing is. And everyone you love can drift away.’

Finally: Angus Cloud returns in the trailer for Euphoria more than two years after season one premiered

Dark times ahead: There are guns, cops, raids, fights and, of course, plenty of partying in the minute long look at the new season

There are guns, cops, raids, fights and, of course, plenty of partying in the minute long look at the new season.

Zendaya portrays Rue Bennett in Euphoria, a teenager trying to kick her drug addiction while going back to school.  

The gritty series follows a group of teens as they navigate the darker underbelly of high school life including sex, addiction, trauma, social media and everything in between.

It made headlines during its first season, and caught some flack, for airing an episode that featured close to 30 penises in a single scene.

Euphoria: The gritty series follows a group of teens as they navigate the darker underbelly of high school life including sex, addiction, trauma, social media and everything in between

Problems: Plans for the second season of the show were derailed by COVID-19 and last year the network aired two special episodes outside of the timeline of the series as a sort of stop-gap for fans

Ensemble: Other stars featured in season two include Maude Apatow, Angus Cloud, Eric Dane, Alexa Demie, Jacob Elordi, Barbie Ferreira, Nika King, Storm Reid, Hunter Schafer, Algee Smith and Sydney Sweeney

Star: Zendaya portrays Rue Bennett in Euphoria, a teenager trying to kick her drug addiction while going back to school

For her part, Zendaya who plays the series’ main character, has been met with critical acclaim for her portrayal of Bennett and even won an Emmy for the role – making her the youngest ever Best Actress winner. 

Other stars featured in season two include Maude Apatow, Angus Cloud, Eric Dane, Alexa Demie, Jacob Elordi, Barbie Ferreira, Nika King, Storm Reid, Hunter Schafer, Algee Smith and Sydney Sweeney.  

Friday Night Lights star Minka Kelly will join the cast this season as a drug addicted housewives as well as Indie singer Dominic Fike and rapper Lil Meech.

Season one ended with Rue’s terrifying overdose after she seemingly had her heartbroken by Jules who had left her on a train platform.  

Newcomers: Friday Night Lights star Minka Kelly will join the cast this season as a drug addicted housewives as well as Indie singer Dominic Fike and rapper Lil Meech

Picking up where we left off: Season one ended with Rue’s terrifying overdose after she seemingly had her heartbroken by Jules who had left her on a train platform

Oh no! Rue finds herself in more than one precarious position in the trailer; at one point she is attacked by a terrifying man

Drama: Zendaya previously said in an interview that Euphoria season two is ‘not going to be a fun watch’ for fans of the show 

Zendaya has claimed that Euphoria season two is ‘not going to be a fun watch’ for fans of the show.

The Spider-Man: Far From Home actress reflected on the forthcoming season in an interview with Teen Vogue over the summer, saying it has been ‘challenging’ to film.

She reflected: ‘It’s a difficult season, I’m kinda in the middle of it. I had like a 2.30am wrap time last night, we’re in the thick of it. But, you know, the show was intense.

‘And it’s very personal to, not only ourselves and all the people who work on it, but also, to other people who have been able to relate so deeply to the characters or see their experiences being reflected through Rue.’

Zendaya went on: ‘It’s definitely challenging, it’s a challenging season…I think this season’s not going to be easy, though. It’s not going to be a fun watch, I don’t think. Sometimes.’ 

Tune in: Season two of Euphoria finally drops January 9, 2022 on HBO

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