top of page

Here's How Nate Jacobs Is Making Cassie Euphoria's Villain

This season, Sydney Sweeney's character, Cassie, has received the most hate from audiences. We are here to set the record straight.

Euphoria star Sydney Sweeney plays Cassie Howard on the second season of the HBO Max hit series that features Zendaya, Jacob Elordi, Alexa Demie, Maude Apatow, and Barbie Ferreira.
Photo: Warner Media

Out of all the storylines this season, Cassie's has earned quite some screen time. Despite always sharing the screen with morally questionable characters such as Nate Jacobs (Jacob Elordi) or Maddy Perez (Alexa Demie), Sydney Sweeney's character continues to get all the hate from audiences. But this is not a coincidence. As everything that occurs in the Euphoria Universe, Sam Levinson has dropped hints, some hidden, some obvious, that reveal how Nate is tricking us into believing Cassie is this season's villain.

The power imbalance between Nate and Cassie is always present in their interactions

When the Nate and Cassie arc begins, a power imbalance is established. What does this mean? Nate ensures that he's always in control of the situation when it comes to Cassie.

Outside the convenience store? He's standing up, she's sitting down on the curb.

On the drive to the party? He's driving the car, she's in the passenger seat.

In the bathroom scene? He's interacting with Maddie, Cassie is half-naked and Nate's got her mouth covered so she can't speak.