‘Euphoria’ Special Episode Trailer Teases A Not-So-Merry Christmas For Zendaya

Over the last few months I’ve been feeling pressured, bullied even, into watching the first season of Euphoria. It’s something I will definitely get around to, but haven’t done so because the second season doesn’t begin shooting until next year. The reason, like all things it seems, is that filming was disrupted by COVID-19. However, HBO came up with a way to get around making fans of the award-winning show wait so long, by dropping two special episodes, the first of which arrives next month and has a new trailer.

Formerly-Titled “Trouble Don’t Last Always,” the two-part special’s opener now goes by “Rue”,  the name of Emmy-winner Zendaya on the series. HBO will debut the episode on December 6th at 9pm EST. Colman Domingo (Fear the Walking Dead, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom) will appear, as well.

SYNOPSIS: In the aftermath of being left by Jules at the train station and relapsing, the first special episode follows Rue (played by Emmy-winner Zendaya) as she celebrates Christmas. Written and directed by series creator Sam Levinson, the episode, titled “Trouble Don’t Last Always,” also stars Colman Domingo, who appeared in season one. The title and date of the second episode are forthcoming. Both special episodes were produced under COVID-19 guidelines.

The second special will be COVID-19 related and released at a later date. Series creator Sam Levinson wrote and directed both specials, as he did all of season one.


Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.