Kat’s evolution challenged her friendships, as effectively: she shall go down in historical past as one of many first folks steel-willed sufficient to face as much as Maddy. When Maddy calls Kat’s “new persona” unlikeable at a hard-hitting roundtable dialogue about Cassie dishonest on McKay (Algee Smith), Kat bites again: “Why? As a result of I will not sit and hearken to you bitch and moan about your psychotic abusive boyfriend who you have actually damaged up with a thousand instances?” Kat was greater than a best-friend-of-the-popular lady, and he or she knew it. Then, tragically, Season 2 relegated her to the margins.
Euphoria’s showrunner Sam Levinson launched Kat’s backstory—a tween who binges virgin piña coladas on trip and is dumped by her past love over her weight achieve—early on, priming her for a meaty, central function. However simply as Kat’s story was getting good, it was sidelined. Her Season 2 screentime was scarce and, at instances, confounding. She questions why she would not love the adoring, purposeful Ethan—however the depth of her inside wrestle is barely explored. There was a classically Kat fantasy sequence wherein visions of bikini-clad fashions go to her in her bed room, commanding her to “Love your self!” Euphoria scratches the floor in her reply: “However that’s what I’m making an attempt to let you know. I fucking hate myself,” then fails to go deeper. Ten factors for the HBO metaverse for thrusting Jason Momoa as Sport of Thrones warrior Dothraki into stated fantasy—he gores Ethan to loss of life and sweeps Kat off her ft. It is absurdist and surprising however not practically sufficient.
The identical could possibly be stated for the now-infamous diner scene wherein Kat dumps Ethan, citing a (pretend) terminal mind dysfunction. Positive, Kat is emotionally aloof and youngsters, traditionally, do not know humanely sever ties, however Kat is not this flatly one-dimensional. Jules’s eye make-up on any given night time was extra thoughtfully thought-about than this breakup. I could not assist however really feel disheartened, too, that the present’s lone fats character—in a sea of Barbie and Ken our bodies—occurred to get quick shrift, whereas limitless consideration was dedicated to Sweeney’s prototypically excellent Cassie.
The Katlessness of Season 2 drew appreciable on-line suspicion. Rumors circulated that Ferreira fell out with Levinson over the course the character was heading in, which led to her function being slashed. (The Ethan breakup scene solely fueled the hypothesis; was Ferreira, like followers, upset with Kat’s scant presence?) Ferreira’s absence from the season two premiere in January was seen, and skim into. Ferreira commented on “Kat’s journey” (or lack thereof) in an interview with The Minimize, saying it is “slightly extra inside and slightly mysterious to the viewers. She is secretly going via a number of existential crises.” I can solely hope that in Season 3, we’ll know what they’re.