This article contains Euphoria episode five spoilers.
It’s that time of the week again: fresh from watching the latest episode of Euphoria, we’re frantically worrying about the most tumultuous group of fictional teenagers we’ve ever come across (at least since generation one of Skins).
At the epicentre of episode five is Rue (played by Zendaya), as her addiction continues to wreak havoc on her life. The episode opens with Rue having a monumental fight with her mother, who she blames for causing her addiction. Then, having discovered that Jules and Elliot disposed of a lot of narcotics, which she had intended to sell, Rue calls Jules a “leech” and a “vampire.”
It only got worse from there. After Rue ducked out of her mother’s attempts to take her to rehab, she escapes to Lexi and Cassie’s house, where she’s eventually confronted about her drug use by Kat, Maddie, Lexi, Cassie, and her mother. She then drops the bombshell that Cassie and Nate have been sleeping together, slipping away during the ensuing chaos.
It’s a perilous, haunting depiction of drug addiction. And in anticipation of the episode airing, Zendaya took to Instagram to reflect on Rue’s journey.
The caption read: “In an interview I was asked about Rue’s journey this season, I guess this is what I hope we hold onto and are left with in the end… Episode 5 tonight.” She then shared with her 127 million followers that Rue has “hit rock bottom,” adding that she still has a “redemptive quality.”
Zendaya continued, “It’s my hope for people watching that they still see her as a person worthy of their love. And worthy of their time […] that we still see the good in her even if she can’t see it in herself. I think if people can go with her through that, and get to the end, and still have hope for her future, and watch her make the changes and steps to heal and humanize her through her sobriety journey and her addiction, then maybe they can extend that to people in real life.