In all its captivating chaos, the second season Euphoria He left us more questions than answers. From drug abuse to the disorderly love triangles, the HBO program constantly found new, creative and disturbing ways to portray teenagers without reaching any good. But for many fans, nothing was more difficult to see than the timeless decline of Kat Hernández, played by Barbie Ferreira.
For eight weeks, the spectators witnessed their descent from a shooting star a clumsy companion. And now, it has been confirmed that it will disappear completely from the show.
“After four years of coming to incarnate the most special and enigmatic character Kat, I have to say a very telarized goodbye,” Ferreira wrote through Instagram on August 24. “I hope that many of you can see themselves in it like me and that it brought you joy to see your journey to the character that she is today. ”
Barbie Ferreira via Instagram pic.twitter.com/kd45mrwgnF
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But “the character she is today”—and the way she will be remembered after Ferreira’s departure—is not what the fans saw coming. For months, rumors have reported behind the scene tension between Ferreira and showrunner Sam LevinsonAfter the actor had expressed disappointment on Kat’s trip. And it’s not hard to see why. In the second season, Euphoria He lost himself by making Kat the main character he should have been.
From its cost alone, it is clear that Kat was originally created to be front and center of the series. As the only bigger character, she stylistic transformation by the costume designer Heidi Bivens was possibly the most significant.
Start the first season with a modest teen closet composed of skinny jeans, neck shirts and round glasses. As a result of the fat she experienced growing, she is shy and insecure, almost like she was hiding behind her clothes.
But after a traumatic sexual experience, Kat suffers from metamorphosis. She leans on her hypersexualization and starts working like a younger cam girl. His perspective hardens, and also his style. As such, adopt a Gothic grunge aesthetic with leather harness, fishing net stockings, thick spicers and bold red lip.
His rebellious change in style is not only a defense mechanism but a way to channel his false and false confidence. Kat learns to take space, get up by herself, and dress up in a way that makes her feel good. As he says eloquently, “There is nothing more powerful than a fat girl who doesn’t give a f*ck. ”
Barbie Ferreira as Kat in Euphoria was a cultural reset. This scene changed my life. pic.twitter.com/wohLh5GPKD
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The changes in the film and television often see women transform into the archetypal beauty of the girl on the side. Adopting a subversive punk style and hugging his body innocuously, Kat’s transformation turned the script into this trope. No surprise, she won a cult following the fans who were eager to see her development and mature. And Levinson was praised for writing a three-dimensional character that wasn’t a villain, a hitline or a boring background. But then, without explanation, Kat Hernández became the three.
In the second season, the character of Ferreira is reduced to an extra well dressed in Euphoria visual landscape. His style passes from slavery to slavery ’90s Cool girl. She exchanges her straps and latex for cardigans cropped, occupied patterns and midi skirts. While this style change could have represented its maturation, Kat loses her rebellious edge and reverts to be insecure and inauthentic.
In a particularly difficult scene to see, he breaks coldly with his boyfriend, Ethan, claiming he has a terminal (non-existent) brain disorder. It’s clear it’s going through something, but your emotions are unexploded, which makes it seem quiet.
Trust and self-love are not linear. But Kat’s regression feels less like a reflexive commentary on teenage existentialism and more like neglected television writing. In an interview with The courtFerreira commented on the invisibility of his character, saying, “The trip of Kat this season is a bit more internal and a bit mysterious for the public. It’s going through many existential crises.” Unfortunately, we’ll never know what they were.
Regardless of her flaws, Kat was important. After all, Euphoria It’s a show of It Girls., and for so long in the media, older women have not had a seat at the proverbial popular table. Kat Hernandez, with his quick wit, experimental style and trusted fans, was changing that. And he deserved a lot more.