Euphoria's Young Cal twist is the last thing we expected in season 2

'Everybody starts out sweet at some point in their life, right?'

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1/25/2022 1:07:00 AM

Euphoria 's 'villain' twist is the last thing we expected in season 2

'Everybody starts out sweet at some point in their life, right?'

But as Eric Dane recently pointed out toEW, "Everybody starts out sweet at some point in their life, right?" And that's true, even for someone as rigid and unloving as Cal.We learn this firsthand when episode three kicks things off with an extended flashback set in the '80s. Here, we meet a young Cal (Elias Kacavas) and his best friend, Derek (Henry Eikenberry), who are inseparable in that unique way only teenagers can be.

HBOBut sweaty and extremely physical wrestling montages hint that there might be more to their camaraderie than mere friendship. You can practically see their affection bulge out of those singlets. And it's not long before this is confirmed when Cal's gaze lingers on Derek's crotch at a stoplight.

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. And the way he treated Jules in season one was just grotesque. But as Eric Dane recently pointed out to EW , "Everybody starts out sweet at some point in their life, right?" And that's true, even for someone as rigid and unloving as Cal. We learn this firsthand when episode three kicks things off with an extended flashback set in the '80s. Here, we meet a young Cal (Elias Kacavas) and his best friend, Derek (Henry Eikenberry), who are inseparable in that unique way only teenagers can be. HBO But sweaty and extremely physical wrestling montages hint that there might be more to their camaraderie than mere friendship. You can practically see their affection bulge out of those singlets. And it's not long before this is confirmed when Cal's gaze lingers on Derek's crotch at a stoplight. San Junipero could never. But societal pressure soon does its thing and before long Cal learns to hide his feelings, just like he has to hide that awkward boner from his father right after Derek leaves. In this scene, the judgemental gaze of Cal's dad burns itself into his memories, and you can practically see the cycle of paternal abuse and neglect form here right before your eyes. To fit in, Cal pushes his feelings aside and focuses his attention on a woman instead, just like so many other young queer men have done in the past. That's not to say he isn't enjoying himself. One of Euphoria's patented sex montages goes out of its way to show Cal lose himself in the company of his future wife, Nate's mother Marsha. Related Story Euphoria sex scene flips the script on GOT But the intensity of his love for Derek never truly goes away, no matter how many times he forces those feelings down deep inside. Eventually, right before the pair are destined to leave each other — and adolescence — behind for good, they decide to spend one last night together as best friends following graduation. Derek leads Cal to a remote gay bar because this is one of the only places that will serve them underage drinks. But is that the only reason they're there? Fuelled by one too many tequila shots, the pair suddenly get close on the dance floor, acting out their confused feelings to the soundtrack of INXS's 'Never Tear Us Apart'. Inevitably, years of sexual tension and the pain of imminent loss coalesce into one heartfelt, intimate burst of passion. Despite all of the uncertainty — and so much denial — the true nature of their feelings for each other are made tangible. Finally, Cal is able to act on his love for Derek. It's raw, and it's beautiful, and it's easily going to be looked back on as one of this show's most tender moments... Which is what makes the following scene so hard to bear. HBO Following that unforgettable night, Cal wakes up to a call from Marsha. She's pregnant, and yes, she has taken multiple tests to make sure. And most importantly of all, the baby is his. So with that, Cal's dream of a new life with Derek, or at least one where he can live his true self, is shattered. While we don't see what comes next, baby Nate's arrival seems to signify the end of Cal's happiness from this point on — especially if his behaviour in the present is anything to go by. And so continues the cycle of hate from father to son, both inward- and outward-facing. Because not only does Cal resent Nate for existing, he's also jealous too. Nate seems freer than his father, on the surface at least. But that's bullshit, because in reality, Nate is also suppressed, and that's where the violence is born, under the hateful gaze of his own deep-rooted resentment towards himself. Does this mean we should now feel sorry for Cal, and by extension, Nate? And if so, is it irresponsible to make us feel this way about someone so awful? That's not an easy judgement call to make, and not necessarily one we should