- Euphoria -The Finale's Hallway Scene Holds Tragic Symbolism For Ashtray & Fez
Spoilers ahead for the Euphoria Season 2 finale.
With the way the season began, perhaps it always had to be Ashtray who died in the Euphoria Season 2 finale. As Rue narrated Fezco's origins in the cold open of the premiere, viewers saw the world from his eyes and how he came to be the guardian of his younger brother Ashtray. But try as he might, Fez could never truly protect Ash from the world his grandmother thrust upon them, so Ash's death on Euphoria was inevitable. And if that wasn't tragic enough, fans spotted a parallel between how Ash entered Fez's world and how he left it.
In the Season 2 premiere, "Trying to Get to Heaven Before They Close the Door," a young Fez comes home to find a baby in the hallway of his grandmother's house. His grandmother, a drug dealer, says how some mom left the baby with her as collateral. She was supposed to come back that night, but she never did and it was the young Fez who worried about feeding and caring for the child.
In the Season 2 finale, "All My Life, My Heart Has Yearned for a Thing I Cannot Name," it's in that very same hallway where Fez first saw Ash that he also sees his brother die. After barricading himself in the bathroom with a tub full of ammo, Ash presumably got shot in the head while Fez witnesses it from the hall.
If that wasn't enough, Rue's voiceover after Ash dies goes, "I was in the hall when you died." She's giving a eulogy after her father's funeral in the scene, but it highlights the importance of this hallway setting for both Rue and Fez when it comes to them witnessing the deaths of their loved ones.
Although Ash's fate seems sealed, Javon "Wanna" Walton proposed to Esquire that his character could have survived the gunshot.
"Man, I just hope he's alive," Walton said in an interview after the finale aired. The actor/boxer even theorized that Ash could play dead and somehow be on the run in Season 3. But considering it was him playing dead that led him to shoot a cop point-blank and end up with a target on his head, this scenario doesn't seem likely. (Another connection Walton noted to Esquire was that his real-life little brother played baby Ash... just in case you needed another reason to cry.)
There's been valid criticism about this season of Euphoria dropping some plots (so Rue isn't going to be sex trafficked?) and popular characters not getting enough screentime (wherefore art thou, Jules and Kat?) but when it comes to Fez and Ash, the brothers' season arc came full circle in that hallway.
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