After a lengthy hiatus, nearly two years after the HBO drama’s debut, Euphoria Season 2 is about to arrive. Fans have come to love Zendaya through films such as Dune and Spider-Man: No Way Home, but the breakthrough actress and fashion icon first dazzled audiences in Euphoria, a series about teen addiction, identity, and love.

WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD FOR EUPHORIA SEASON 2

In Season 2 – which will premiere on HBO this Sunday, Jan. 9 – there seems to be danger everywhere, with multiple images of drug deals gone bad and consequences come home to roost.

Trailers also teased a new love triangle between Rue (Zendaya), Jules (Hunter Schafer), and newcomer Elliot, played my musician/songwriter Dominic Fike.

Most known for his collaborations with rap group Brockhampton, Dominic Fike also recently worked with Paul McCartney on his McCartney III Imagined covers album and headlined a virtual concert series for the popular video game Fortnite.

Set to play Elliot in Euphoria Season 2, he will further complicate the rocky relationship between Rue and Jules, even as fans plead for the two to get back together.

“There were a lot of conversations over the years about where the show was going to go and what it was going to evolve into, and I remember when Sam [Levinson] first kind of talked about the idea of this Elliot character, I wasn’t feeling it,” Zendaya told Variety about showrunner Sam Levinson’s idea to add a love triangle to Season 2.

“But, in retrospect, and also as someone who understands where the show needs to go and what needs to happen for these characters,” she continued, “it’s crucial that Elliot exist and that he be the person that is honestly the catalyst for a lot of things that just have to happen.”

At the end of Euphoria‘s debut season, Zendaya’s character Rue sadly relapsed after a breakup with Jules, which was explored in two special episodes released during the pandemic. Considered extensions of the first season, the two episodes featured lengthy conversations between Rue and her sponsor Ali (Colman Domingo), and Jules and her therapist.

Due to the long hiatus, the episodes were meant to give something to fans during the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown. But they also acted as a strong bridge to what viewers will see blossom in Season 2.

Zendaya and newcomer Dominic Fike in Euphoria Season 2
Zendaya and newcomer Dominic Fike in Euphoria Season 2. Photo Credit: HBO

“We were just in our heads and kind of worried about having to chase the idea of what Euphoria was to so many people, and the pressure and fear that kind of came with that,” said Zendaya, who won an Emmy for her role in 2020.

“I think taking a step back allowed us to get back inside of Euphoria in a different way and allowed it to grow on its own,” she continued.

Euphoria Season 2 will also feature increased roles for Nate (Jacob Elordi), Kat (Barbie Ferreira), Cassie (Sydney Sweeney), and Fezco (Angus Cloud). Cloud’s role in the show, if the trailer’s any indication, seems to have been given the largest bump, as the local drug dealer plays more into Rue’s recent relapse and struggles with addiction.

The stars know that newcomer Elliot will certainly anger fans who ship “Rules,” however, but they’re ready for the drama and believe that they still have an amazing season on their hands.

“I can’t wait to see where people go with that and for all the hate messages I’ll get on my Instagram,” Dominic Fike told Variety. “Going into hiding. I can’t wait.”

The exciting next chapter of Euphoria begins on Sunday, Jan. 9 at 9 p.m. EST on HBO.