Has Jules on ‘Euphoria’ been dead the whole time?

Alex Gonzalez
4 min readJul 11, 2019

WARNING: This article contains spoilers that some readers may wish to avoid

Since before the pilot aired, HBO’s new teen drama Euphoria has garnered much controversy. While many have praised the show’s honest approach to issues drug use, sexual identity and other facets of the Gen-Z zeitgeist, others have deemed it as marketing “graphic adult content” toward teenagers.

On Euphoria, the show’s main character, a recovering drug addict named Rue Bennett (Zendaya Coleman) quickly befriends a trans girl named Jules Vaughn (Hunter Schafer) when she moves to town. Rue and Jules have a deep connection and throughout the four episodes that have aired so far, it is heavily implied that Rue is in love with Jules.

With each episode that airs, fans have theorized that Rue has actually been dead the whole time and is narrating from beyond the grave. While many of the fans’ “Rue is dead” theories make sense, it also makes sense that Jules may actually be dead, and that Rue is narrating the events that lead to her death.

While the idea of any of the characters being dead is disheartening, below are four reasons why it is possible that Jules may actually see her demise by the season finale of Euphoria.

Jules has demonstrated several reckless behaviors

In Euphoria’s pilot, Jules meets up with an older man (Eric Dane) from Grindr-esque app in a motel. She lies to the man about her age and has sex with him. She later decides to leave the motel and go to a party hosted by Chris McKay (Algee Smith). At the party, she gets into an argument with Nate Jacobs (Jacob Elordi), before slicing her arm and proclaiming “I am fucking invincible.”

By episode four, “Shook Ones, Pt. II,” she learns that the older man is Cal Jacobs, father of Nate. She later provokes Cal at a carnival, before later realizing that she had also been messaging Nate on the app, who was using the pseudonym Tyler. She risks being killed when she impugns Nate’s masculinity and sexuality. Was this a one-off scare, or foreshadowing of something much more gruesome?

She has previously struggled with self-harm

In “Shook Ones, Pt. II,” we get a closer look at Jules’ childhood. We learn that as a child…

Alex Gonzalez

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