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Cassie's Most Controversial Moment In Euphoria Season 2

As a show about drug addiction, teenagers, and crime, HBO's hit series "Euphoria" tends to deal with a lot of dark subjects and controversial, impulsive behavior. Series protagonist Rue (Zendaya) alarms even veteran drug user Elliot (Dominic Fike) with her casual abuse of heavy substances, and other characters, like Maddy (Alexa Demie) and Kat (Barbie Ferreira), tend to make some risky decisions in order to understand themselves better.

Cassie (Sydney Sweeney) is actually one of the least transgressive teens on "Euphoria" up until Season 2, despite a sexual past that haunts her relationship with later ex-boyfriend Christopher McKay (Algee Smith). But Cassie also tends to be co-dependent and to rely on the acceptance of other people to define herself, even telling McKay that she doesn't know who she is outside of relationships.

A lot of this changed however when she hooked up with Nate (Jacob Elordi), Maddy's abusive on-again, off-again ex-boyfriend, in the Season 2 premiere. Cassie's storyline throughout the season proved to be contentious with the show's fans, but this is the moment that really had everyone talking.

Cassie couldn't even acknowledge her relationship with Nate to Maddy

Understandably "Euphoria" fans exploded online when Rue drops the bombshell question, "How long have you been f****** Nate Jacobs?" to Cassie in front of Maddy and several other characters. However, what really got people in an uproar was that Cassie, after telling Nate she was crazier than Maddy, immediately denied it and backed down in fear.

Cassie first flees from an enraged Maddy, still denying what happened, then says the transgression was okay because Nate and Maddy were on a break. As u/curiousbarbosa wrote on a "Euphoria" subreddit post though, this is "a pathetic excuse to avoid consequence."

Rather than confront what happened and repair her friendship with Maddy, Cassie lies and then denies that Maddy even has a reason to be angry. One commenter noticed that while Maddy can be cruel and vindictive in general, Cassie "felt bad for doing s**** things but she still continued to do them."

Cassie is obviously more dysfunctional than a truly awful person, but it's also not surprising that Maddy calls her a "coward" when she won't even face up to how she's hurt her best friend. Viewers will have to watch Season 3 to see if Cassie will atone for seeing Nate or double down on her bad behavior.