Although we’ve got some glimpses of what to expect from season two of Euphoria when it returns to HBO on January 9, there are still plenty of things left to be discovered. The trailers for the new season raised some questions about the characters, e.g. what happens to Rue (Zendaya) who gets help for his addiction? And why is Cassie (Sydney Sweeney) happier than she has ever been but still crying in a bathroom? Speaking of Cassie, Chris McKay (Algee Smith), her boyfriend from season 1, was noticeably absent from the trailers for the new season, leaves fans wondering if he will still be involved in season two. Let’s examine it.
What happens to McKay in Euphoria season 1?
We meet McKay in the first season, even though he is not as present as the rest of the teens because he is older and already in college. He has been dating Cassie, but his fights with college and football strain their relationship. They keep having a hard time finding balance in their relationship – she pushes for sex, he says no, she’s feeling bad and he asks for nude pictures, etc. When they fall asleep, they usually return to their feelings for each other. Cassie ends up getting pregnant with McKay’s baby and he does not respond well to the news. He asks her if she intends to keep it, and she replies, “No, I just wanted to dream for a while.” In the final, Cassie gets an abortion, but McKay is nowhere to be found.
What has Algee Smith said about returning to Euphoria season 2?
Back in 2019, Smith spoke several times about his thoughts on a possible one Euphoria season two. He told Complex in July 2019, “I’m just ready to get back there now that I see the story, we can see an audience and see it as a viewer. I know exactly how I want to come back and sharpen up next time, so I’m really excited. ” However, this was before the COVID-19 pandemic brought everything in Hollywood to a standstill and delayed season two for quite some time. Production did not start until 2021 instead – however Euphoria sent two special episodes about Rue and Jules (Hunter Schafer).
In an interview in February 2021 with On aSmith still seemed ready to return to McKay for season two. He told the magazine: “I can not wait Euphoria season two !! I’m excited to get back on the set and join Euphoria family again. As far as we can all expect from Chris Mckay…. I can not say lll yooouuu … We have not actually started creating the second season yet. Hopefully we can get back to work as soon as COVID-19 goes up! “
But what happened between then and now is a mystery because Smith has not posted anything on social media about appearing in the series’ new season – no trailer, no Instagrams, no behind-the-scenes excerpts, nothing. He also did not attend the season two premiere in early January with the rest of the cast. Of course, that does not mean he has not been busy during the entire pandemic. His new film with Chloe Grace Moretz, Mother / Android, just hit Hulu on December 17th.
Will Algee Smith be in Euphoria Season 2?
If McKay’s absence in the new Euphoria promo and Smith’s absence at the season two premiere was not enough to make fans worry about his character’s fate in the show, one of Smiths likes on Twitter was the drop. Smith liked a tweet on December 20, 2021 with a gif of The Vampire Diaries’ Elena cries with the caption “No more McKay.”
no more mckay pic.twitter.com/yTO7sLKiw8
– ً (@laylasmonet) December 20, 2021
However, Smith appears as McKay in a commercial for season two, episode one of Euphoria (picture above). Smiths like on Twitter, plus all the other characters, may indicate that his character is being written out of the show. There’s a chance he’s showing up at the start of the season to tie some loose ends with Cassie, but given that he does not really have any strong ties to the high school students anymore (he’s friends with them, but he is not in the same setting), there is a chance that his character will move on and focus on university life. Then again, fans can be worried about nothing, and Smith’s absence in Euphoria season two promo and premiere event may have been a stroke of luck.
We’ll find out when the show premieres Jan. 9 on HBO, but Algee Smith fans are certainly hoping for the best.
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