Euphoria: Why Did Fez Beat Up Nate?

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Euphoria season two only just began, but the season is already off to a raucous start. In the Jan. 9 premiere, the East Highland High students meet up for a New Years Eve party where Rue (Zendaya) struggles with her addiction while befriending a new face, Elliot, who she bonds with over their mutual interest in drugs. Meanwhile, Cassie (Sydney Sweeney) hooks up with Nate (Jacob Elordi), and Lexi (Maude Apatow) spends the whole evening chatting with Fez (Angus Cloud) on a couch. That is, until Fez approaches Nate and gives him a beating so bloody that the party screeches to a halt. Then, saying nothing, Fez exits.

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Euphoria‘s Season 2 premiere ends on a bloody note. After circling each other at the gang’s New Year’s Eve party, long-time enemies Fezco (Angus Cloud) and Nate (Jacob Elordi) come to physical blows. Well, that is, Fez gets physical. After a tense interaction, the drug dealer with a heart of gold shows off his stone cold savage side. He toasts to a New Year and then hits Nate with a bottle. With the bad boy of Euphoria caught off-guard, Fez then pummels the teen over and over again to the horror of Cassie (Sydney Sweeney), Maddy (Alexa Demie), and Lexi (Maude Apatow).

When the dust settles and Fezco walks away, Nate is passed out on the ground. His face is bloodied and bruised. A group of his friends try to carry his body off the floor and to safety while Rue (Zendaya) and Jules (Hunter Schafer) look on. Rue simply says, “Damn,” and then the show cuts to the end credits. Cutting Crew’s ’80s classic “I Just Died in Your Arms Tonight” plays. It’s darkly funny, but also concerning. Is it possible that Fezco did beat Nate to death at the New Year’s party? (That’s certainly what that needle drop implies.) But would Euphoria really kill off one of its main antagonists during the Season 2 premiere? Especially after setting up a dangerous love triangle with Nate, Cassie, and Maddy in the same episode? AND WHY DID FEZ BEAT UP NATE?

Did Euphoria just pull a Game of Thrones, killing off a key character at a shocking moment? Or did they follow Succession‘s suit? Leaving a leading man’s fate up in the air for shock value, only to reveal he’s fine the next episode? Here’s everything we know about the ending of the Euphoria Season 2 premiere on HBO.

Euphoria season 2 made its debut with “Trying to Get to Heaven before They Close the Door,” an episode that packed a lot into its runtime including an opening flashback sequence with a backstory for Fez that puts some emotional emphasis into his decision to beat Nate at the New Year’s Eve party.

While they weren’t able to pin anything on the two brothers, it did lead to Ash killing Mouse and shattering Custer’s nose. Now the two have to work with a new supplier named Laurie, and Ash has a death to his name which is not at all what Fez wanted for him at such a young age.

In a parallel to his grandmother, Fez handles the person who wronged his family and his business. He doesn’t use a gun or a crowbar, he uses his fists to send a message: Don’t mess with him and his, ever. Considering who Nate is as a person, this situation can only escalate from here.

Considering, Fez split his time between chatting Lexi up–setting the groundwork for an unexpected and somewhat sweet relationship–and staring at Nate from across the room, it was obvious something was going to go down.

The two have had beef since last season, though it’s understandable if some viewers forgot since it’s been over two years since the finale of the first season. If you need a recap of the events that led to Fez breaking Nate’s face, here’s what we know!


Why does Fez not like Nate?

Nate was then threatened and insulted Fez by calling him a dropout that will “never amount to anything.” During the scene, Fez remains calm but reiterates to Nate that if he messes with Rules again, he’ll be met with his demise.

Does Nate get revenge on Fez?

So Fez beat up Nate in retaliation for putting his drug dealing business, livelihood, and life on the line.

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