‘Euphoria’ Actor Alexa Demie Reveals Cassie and Nate Weren’t Together in the Original Season 2 Script

The cast literally read a table of the original script before it was completely rewritten during lockdown.

At this point, almost everyone knows that the second season of Euphoria which hit our screens earlier this year is completely different from showrunner Sam Levinson’s original script.

The cast members made no secret of the epic changes that happened to the series when production has been stopped in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Indeed, in an interview with InitiatedJacob Elordi – who plays Nate – admitted his plots changed frequently and he only had a rough idea of ​​what was to come.

“Honestly, these scripts were cut and changed pretty regularly for a very long time,” Jacob said. “I had a general idea of ​​what was going on, but it was also pretty tactile and going most of the time, which was good because it kept it spontaneous and you kind of just had to sit in the situation and play with what was in front of you.”

And Minka Kelly, who plays newcomer Samantha, expressed himself about her similar experience, revealing that she and Alexa Demie were given a brand new script for Samantha and Maddy’s pool scene in Episode 6 on the morning of filming.

Zendaya already said the cup that “the majority of the originally planned season has been scrapped,” before adding, “There’s very little left in the version you’re seeing now.”

The actor, who plays Rue on the HBO Max show, then cryptically insisted the changes had been for the best, telling the publication: “Things that didn’t work out definitely had to die. “

Through the various cast interviews, viewers were able to get a vague idea of ​​what Sam originally had in the script.

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Overall, it seemed to include a lot more nudity, with stars like Minka, Chloe Cherry and Austin Abrams revealing they had gratuitous nudity cut from their scenes.

Martha Kelly also said there was a “gross paedophile vibe” to her character Laurie’s disturbing scene with Rue in the fifth season episode, which saw Laurie suggest she would traffic Rue to “sick people”. if she couldn’t repay it. the debts of his drug addiction.

Meanwhile, Javon Walton recounted how his character Ashtray’s macabre fate at the hands of a police shootout in the final episode was decided at the eleventh hour, with Fez, played by Angus Cloud, originally supposed to be that’s why I wrote to you in the line of sight.

Elsewhere, one of the show’s most dramatic scenes, which saw Nate holding a gun to his and Maddy’s head in a game of Russian roulette, was revealed to be an unplanned addition to the series.

In the creepy scene, Nate tries to scare Maddy into sending back a video of her father, Cal, having sex with Jules. It ends with Maddy helplessly sobbing as she tells Nate where he can find the disc.

Talk to Weekly entertainmentAlexa Demie — who plays Maddy — explained, “There was a point where I was going to give the tape to Jules with a letter saying, ‘I think you’d like this,’ and not say who was giving it to him, but give it back to him, which was really nice for me.

“And there was a part of me that really wanted that to happen,” she continued. “But I think the way it happens continues the story, and it’s dramatic.”

Now Alexa has revealed another key plot point that wasn’t in the original script and recounted how the cast literally read a painting of Sam’s initial vision, only to have it all changed when they resumed production after lockdown.

Talk to Variety at a red carpet event over the weekend, Alexa shared, “We went to a table to read, and that was an entirely different thing. Then the pandemic came, we took a break, we came back and it was a brand new season 2.”

The reporter then asked if Cassie was with Nate in the original, to which Alexa replied, “I don’t think so! I have a very selective memory so I don’t know [for sure] but I don’t think so. She then repeated, “I don’t think so, no.”

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This is especially interesting because Cassie’s secret relationship with her best friend’s abusive ex was a key part of the season and served as the trigger for Cassie’s sister’s dramatic show finale. Lexi’s play.

Sydney Sweeney, who plays Cassie, opened up about how she worked with Sam to ensure the case was portrayed as dramatically as possible on screen, and even revealed that she fleshed out the stories herself. his character’s most emotional moments after finding Sam’s script too lackluster. .

“Jacob and I did the scene as it was written, and we were like, ‘There’s so much more here that we could do that’s being repressed. Let’s build it,” she said the cup of Cassie and Nate’s epic fight in Episode 4.

She went on to explain that Sam ended up writing five more pages for the scene on the spot, with Sydney adding, “I drop all judgment on myself. I’m very proud of Cassie’s meltdown this season.

Another major change in euphoria The second season stems from speculation that Kat’s screen time was massively cut after actor Barbie Ferreira allegedly had a huge fight with Sam.

Unconfirmed reports say Kat was supposed to have an eating disorder during the season, but Barbie wasn’t comfortable doing it as a body-positive activist.

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Anonymous sources claimed that Sam cut off his lines significantly in retaliation for walking off set in the middle of filming after a heated altercation.

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Barbie hasn’t publicly acknowledged the rumors, but admitted that Kat has taken a step back this season. “Kat’s journey this season is a bit more internal and a bit of a mystery to the audience. She’s secretly going through a lot of existential crises,” she said. the cup.

But one of the season’s biggest changes seems to have been its finale, and while original storyline details have yet to be revealed, Zendaya said there’s a lot less hope.

“The end of the season was going to be very different, and then halfway through, Sam and I were like, ‘We just can’t leave Rue here. We have to put some fucking hope in this show,” she said.

Unsurprisingly, Sam cut and changed his vision to Euphoria for years, and the show’s pilot is said to have even undergone last-minute changes as Sam’s original script was supposed to be about Street murdering Nate and his body found in a cornfield.

And Fez managed to cheat death twice, with Angus revealing that his character was also about to get killed off at the end of Season 1.

Last week, Sam admitted that his “writing process is pretty weird” when explaining how he handles creating the show’s script.

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Speaking during a round table at the Academy Museum in Los Angeles, he said, “I write hundreds of drafts and I don’t go back and rewrite. I start from my memory of the last draft.

Earlier this year, it was confirmed that Euphoria had been renewed for a third season, but given how Sam’s plans for the show changed during production, it’s safe to say that absolutely anything can happen when the show finally returns to our screens.