Rue Bennett is at the heart of the entire plot of Euphoria. She is the unreliable narrator, which means everything is explained to the audience through her perspective, regardless of whether or not she is the protagonist.
However, Rue’s history of lying makes her less trustable than most movie or TV narrators, as has been proven several times throughout the show. Rue is also a complex character because of those things.
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Her experiences sometimes cause the viewers to sympathize with her and feel terrible for her. The viewers are left wondering whether they actually like her in other episodes when she does things that raise their doubts.
The protagonists in the HBO series Euphoria have flaws and are complex, but they take it a step further than others. Most people would consider Rue Bennett’s actions unforgivable because of her drug addiction. To understand this in a better way, we have created a list of the same.
This article contains spoilers (both major and minor). Read at your own risk. If you haven’t watched it yet, then make sure you do it on HBO max.
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Reasons That Made Everyone Hate Rue:
10. Blaming Jules for her Relapse
The setback gave the impression that Rue would revert to the wrong track in season 2 after she hit rock bottom. However, it was made clear that she spoke with Ali about it in the special episode “Trouble Don’t Last Always.”
That demonstrated her desire to maintain some degree of cleanliness. She discussed her drug addiction with him as well as several other topics. Their talk disclosed a plethora of details. Jules is blamed for Rue’s relapse and for hurting her, which was one of them, even though Rue recovers in season 1.
Rue shouldn’t have blamed Jules for ruining her life. Rue and Jules are equally to be blamed. Jules’s relationship with Rue is nothing but toxic. If anything, Leaving Rue was a good thing that Jules did in this drama series for each other’s well-being.
9. Rue yelling at Fezco on Euphoria
Fezco decided to end the conversation with Rue after the circumstances when she disregarded his warnings. She returns to him for drugs in the following episode of “Made You Look”. Fez wouldn’t let her utilize her addictions once more; thus, he wouldn’t unlock the door for her.
Outside, Rue lost it and started yelling at him. In a poignant sequence that garnered Zendaya an Emmy, she made a spectacle of him and claimed that he was too guilty for her overdosage.
“Fez, open the fucking door, please? I’m begging you just to open the door. Fez! You’re full of shit, man. You make you’re living off of selling drugs to teenagers. Now all of a sudden, you want to have a fucking moral high ground? You’re a fucking dropout drug dealer. You know that?”
8. Dying on Someone she Just met
Rue travels to a party with Fezco and Ashtray on New Year’s Eve. Once during the party, Rue accidentally enters a restroom where she discovers Elliot, a different partygoer, doing drugs. Elliot pretends to be innocent at first, but they finally use cocaine.
Rue warns Elliot that her head is beginning to spin and that her heart can stop. Elliot is concerned about a situation he didn’t choose to be in.
“But I relapsed. In all fairness, I did say in the beginning I had no intentions of staying clean. But I get it. Our country’s dark. And fucked up. And people… just want to find hope.”
7. Convincing Laurie to Give her a Suitcase of Drugs
Rue’s capability to persuade Laurie (Martha Kelly) to lend her a bag full of cocaine costing $10,000 is one of her stupidest moves yet. Rue ought to have avoided Laurie after her initial experience with her and her thugs. Instead, she enters the lion’s lair once more.
Rue is a junkie whose entire “plan” with the luggage revolves around getting free narcotics. Laurie is aware of Rue’s addiction and that she won’t be able to carry out her plan to sell the narcotics. As a result, Rue will owe money to Laurie, which is not good for her.
6. Telling Jules that she can’t stand her
Rue and Jules formally consummate their romance in Season 2. Rue is intoxicated every moment they hang together, though. She lies to Jules about it and being clean while hoping Jules never discovers it.
Rue doesn’t exactly make an effort to hide it. Jules, Rue, and Elliot go into a convenience shop to steal alcohol one night while they are chilling around. When Rue begins to drink, Elliot and Jules warn her that it’s not a good idea for her to do so out of worry.
Rue becomes irate with Jules and declares that she detests her before demanding that they stop and allow her out of the car.
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5. Going to Rehab but Lying About Being Clean
Rue must go to Narcotics Anonymous meetings as required. Rue attends the sessions largely for show and as an alibi for her mother because she has no intention of keeping sober. After receiving her 60-day chip for maintaining her sobriety, Rue is confronted by Ali, another participant.
Ali questions Rue about how she overdosed and survived. Then he says she probably doesn’t consider how her sister was probably permanently traumatized by her addiction or how she hides about being clean in front of other drug users who are going through the same things. Rue tries to convince Ali that she has no idea what he is talking about, but Ali is able to see through her deception.
4. Rude to Ali When he’s Only Trying to Help
Ali and Rue connect at an Addiction Recovery center. He offers her his contact card and urges her to reach out to him whenever she’s done attempting to kill herself after calling her out one night for lying. Rue panics after kissing Jules because she feels like she ruined their relationship.
Ali becomes Rue’s NA financial backer after she finally goes to him for assistance. Through their chats, the two get close, but when Ali thinks Rue is doing drugs again, Rue lashes out at him by criticizing his past transgressions. She almost wrecks this one positive connection in her life by being nasty to Ali, who is merely attempting to assist her in maintaining her sobriety.
“Yeah, well, good thing nobody’s really lookin’ to you to be a fuckin’ parent.”
3. Rue trying to steal drugs from Fez’s old Grandma on Euphoria
Rue seeks out whatever means possible to obtain narcotics because she is on the run and suffering from withdrawal symptoms. She eventually makes her way to Fezco’s home, but he is unable to help her because he has stopped saving drugs there since the police raid.
He leaves her alone when she enquires about the whereabouts of the restroom and claims that the withdrawals have made her stomach nauseous. Meanwhile, Rue starts looking for anything to take and eventually finds herself in Fezco’s Grandma’s chamber, looking among her medicine bottles. Fez has to force her out of his house when he finds her.
2. Shouting at Everyone for Ratting her out
Elliot (Dominic Fike) told Jules Vaughn (Hunter Schafer) that Rue still uses it because he feels guilty over the matter, and they are becoming closer. The suitcase of drugs is then disclosed to Rue’s mother, who flushes it down the toilet out of concern for her as Elliot and Jules decide that it would be the only way to save her. Rue is enraged and panicked when she discovers her drugs have gone missing.
In addition to exploding at her mom and Rue’s younger sister Gia, she also tells Jules and Elliot that she’s dead to them and calls Elliot a rat when she discovers they had a hand in the situation. A breakdown over the missing suitcase causes her to destroy her house. Rue was mad at everyone, this happened in the fifth episode.
“You wish I was different? So do I! You fucking hate me? So do I!”
1. Exposing Cassie & Nate
Her mom takes Rue to the ER when she has a breakdown to get detox help. The moment she learns she will return to narcotics anonymous; she rushes out of the car and runs away. At Cassie‘s (Sydney Sweeney) residence, in which all of her companions are present, Rue arrives.
Rue reveals Cassie and Nate‘s scandal as a distraction when her mother, Leslie reappears to take her. The distraction is effective, but it does a considerable amount of harm. The entire episode was a whirlwind of emotions.
“Rue, when was this?” did trend only for a reason. Even though Nate breaks up with Maddy, she obviously gets hurt. She was also best friends with Lexi Howard, but she stopped being friends with her too.
This show is a moral tale of how, unfortunately, many teenagers live. The season finale for the second season was definitely otherworldly, and fans cannot wait for what comes next. Rue’s life is going to be a complete mess in the coming season of Euphoria, though.
Sam Levinson and Zendaya (who is also the executive producer), alongside the other cast members, have made this series amazing. In fact, Zendaya again won an Emmy for outstanding lead actress for her amazing portrayal of Rue on Euphoria this year for outstanding lead actress. The rotten tomatoes score of the show is good too.
Euphoria is available to stream on all HBO platforms. A fun fact is that Euphoria is actually inspired by an Israeli Series of the same name by Ron Leshem and Daphna Levin.