Compared to the first season of Euphoria in the summer of 2019, the second season of Euphoria has exceeded viewership expectations and odds, according to a Variety article. According to the article written by Jennifer Maas, compared to the 6.6 million viewers collected from the first season, the second season gathered a whopping 13.1 million viewers so far.
Both seasons have followed the same release plan, where each week a new episode airs. Now, with HBO and HBO Max, audiences have more access to watch the show live. Euphoria has gained a lot of attention due to the actors, the raw plot of the truth behind addiction and more.
Zendaya, who plays Rue, won an Emmy for her performance in the first season of Euphoria. Rue’s story, along with the others in the show, is told by the addition of music by artist Labrinth. Labrinth is the artist that has infiltrated the theme and overall “vibe” of the show with his music, which has grown popular over social media, especially TikTok. Ever since Euphoria has come out, users have been using songs by Labrinth – either remixed or original – and posting videos of copied makeup looks and of other show themes.
This show, which has been airing into the new spring semester, has particularly gained traction among University of Maryland students.
Emma Calcutt, a Letters and Sciences freshman, recently watched the first season and is now watching the second. Currently, she prefers the first season.
Calcutt hasn’t listened to Labrinth prior to the show, but she enjoys the soundtrack.
“I think his music really sets a vibe for the show and really fits well with the actions happening in the show,” Calcutt said.
Kaleigh Flood, a Letters and Sciences sophomore, watched the first season and noted that although the new season to her is darker, she liked the change. She has not listened to Labrinth, but she’s heard from others his talent and does enjoy his songs, especially on the show.
“His music adds to the show because it is able to adjust to the mood a certain scene is trying to portray,” Flood said. “The audience really gets to connect to his songs and associates them with characters, moments, etc.”
“This second one is much more intense and [shows] the consequences of the first season so it’s a bit difficult to watch,” said Grace Blanco, a sophomore biology major.
Blancoloves how much Labrinth has done for the show, but she hasn’t listened to his music outside of Euphoria. She believes that music really makes a scene and that the show wouldn’t be the same without it.
For sophomore microbiology major Kalinda Stengel, although she hasn’t listened to his music before the show, she occasionally puts it on during her free time now. Currently, she’s enjoying this second season more.
“I think his music adds to the storyline and narration of Rue specifically,” said Stengel.
“He makes the music feel like you’re going through what Rue is when she is using,” Stengel said. “It also added intensity and significance when his music plays, as they are usually during emotionally intense scenes.”