Spoilers ahead for the first four episodes of Euphoria. If you haven’t watched them yet, you should take this as your official warning to leave this post.
After the (highly controversial) conclusion of Game of Thrones, it felt like no other show could possibly fill the fan theory void. Thankfully, Euphoria is giving it its best shot, and there’s a new theory that Zendaya’s character Rue might have been dead this entire time. Yes, seriously.
The theory started on Twitter, and there’s actually a ton of proof to back it up. Basically, people think she actually died during that overdose in the first episode, and her character has been narrating this entire series from the grave.
Here’s why people think it’s a possibility. First, in the series premiere people at Rue’s school were saying “I thought you died,” when she returned for the first day of school. Could have been a major hint.
just a theory, don’t come at me – but in the pilot everyone kept saying
“isn’t rue dead?”
“i thought you were dead”
“didn’t she die?”
what if Rue really died from her overdose and is just telling the story of when she was alive and maybe what led up to her death 😳 #euphoria
Second, people pointed out that she seems to be all-knowing. Like, she knows exactly how each character feels all the time. You wouldn’t know Nate’s innermost thoughts, for example, if you were still alive.
Euphoria heads… is Rue dead and narrating the events that lead to her death? I don’t understand why she knows what Nate is feeling and thinking.. not just Nate but like everyone.
She said this other thing about hating Fez until she dies, which is particularly fishy.
but hold up…. the line rue said about hating fez until she dies makes me think she actually *is* dead & narrating from her grave #feelEUPHORIA pic.twitter.com/6XlWSfIUNm
A writer at Entertainment Weekly also pointed out that Rue herself said she was an unreliable narrator in the first episode. “There are a couple of versions of what happened that night. It all depends on who you ask, and to be honest, I’m not always the most reliable narrator,” she said. It makes sense that if you were trying to recall all these events from memory, you would have a spotty recollection. However, that almost contradicts the “all-knowing” thing, so…TBD.
Also, EW brought up this quote as potential proof:
Losing for the last time could be her eluding to her own death. And finally, three different people in the third episode said something to Rue along the lines of “I’m not going to help you kill yourself,” which could have been major foreshadowing.
Some other people on Reddit think Rue’s actually been narrating this whole thing to Ali, her potential sponsor, and that diner scene is just the beginning. Definitely a more positive option.
From: Cosmopolitan US
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