The second-season finale “Euphoria” was a roller coaster of emotion, intensity, drama, and cliffhangers. The eighth and final episode of the season addressed the season’s messy relationships and the general fates of the characters while leaving some storylines open. As the fallout from Lexi’s play unfolds and Fezco and Ashtray face a sudden police raid, other characters, like Rue and Elliot, remain bystanders in the chaos.
Elliot (Dominic Fike) is mostly absent from “Euphoria” due to his involvement in Rue’s tumultuous intervention, but he does make an appearance in the finale in a tender scene alone with Rue. During the scene, Elliot sings Rue a song he wrote, which brings her to tears – but what does that mean?
Elliot and Rue’s complicated relationship, explained
The relationship between Elliot and Rue is complicated. The two meet in the first episode of season two during the big New Year’s Eve party and bond over their shared love of drugs. Throughout the season, Elliot allows Rue’s substance abuse problem to worsen while he struggles with drug addiction himself. The relationship is unhealthy, with the two fueling the other’s worst inclinations. It takes a turn, however, when Elliot tells Jules that Rue hasn’t been clean, and the two eventually tell Rue’s mother about his drug use and stage an intervention.
Feeling betrayed by Elliot, who helped her rekindle her hard spiral into drug use, Rue furiously cuts him off from her life. The intervention does, however, have a positive outcome for Rue – after a grueling weaning process, she comes clean.
In the season finale, Rue spots Elliot in the audience at Lexi’s room, which reminds her of when she went to visit Elliot. Rue reveals to her the impact the surgery had on her. She begins by telling him “fuck him” for reporting her, but she eventually reconciles with him, blaming him for saving her life. Rue tells Elliot that she forgives him for the way it all turned out, saying, “I have a lot of ‘I’m sorry’ to do, but not a lot of ‘I forgive you’. So thank you for that. ” It is unclear, however, if she knows Elliot and Jules met and counts that among the reasons she forgives him. Either way, Elliot asks Rue, “Can I play you something?” and goes on to play Rue a song he wrote for her.
What does “Elliot’s Song” from “Euphoria” mean?
Elliot’s song, which fans have dubbed “Little Star” and “I Hope It Was Worth It in the End”, deepens his relationship with Rue. “You and my guitar, I think you may be my only friend. I gave everything, to see you shine again. I hope it was worth it in the end”, he sings.
Through these lyrics, Elliot seemingly reveals his feelings for Rue and his role in her life, which heavily revolve around their drug use. After watching Rue sink deeper into her drug struggle, he basically “gave” her and “gave everything” to help her intervene, which he knew would end their friendship but ultimately save her. .
Elliot also sings, “Us against the world, just a few sinners laughing in hell. If I keep you here, I’ll only do it for me.” Elliot could have been selfish and retained his relationship with Rue by continuing to activate his drug problem, but it would have hurt her. In the end, Elliot mocks Rue in hopes that she will come clean, knowing that whether she does or not, he will lose a friend. But, as he sings in the song, he hopes it’s worth it in the end.
After finishing his song, Elliot asks Rue if they can still be friends. She replies, “You know you’re the one who said we weren’t good for each other”, and he finally agrees.
Did Dominic Fike write “Elliot’s Song”?
Elliot’s song was actually written by none other than Labrinth, the series’ composer, and Zendaya. Labrinth talked about collaborating with Zendaya and Fike in a behind the scenes featurette of the finalesaying, “Me and Zendaya were actually sitting in each other’s kind of spiritual energy and space, and we get to inspire each other to do something new…Dominic came in and jumped on the sheet music we were working on and played guitar, because he’s a great guitarist… Actors don’t just play – they’re part of the music now, and I think that makes it even more special.”
“Elliot’s Song” lyrics
Full lyrics of the song:
I don’t have room to build you a rocket in space.
I watch you disappear, keeping the lights on in this abandoned place.
Little star, I feel like you fell on my head.
I gave you to the wind, hope it was worth it in the end.
You and my guitar, I think you may be my only friend.
I gave everything, to see you shine again. I hope it was worth it in the end.
Us against the world, just a few sinners laughing in hell.
If I keep you here, I’ll only do it for myself.
Little star, I have the impression that you feel good on my head.
I gave you to the wind, hope it was worth it in the end. Yeah, I hope so.
Think maybe you’re my only friend, I’ve given everything to see you shine again.
I hope it was worth it in the end.
I know this pain is broken, so I leave my door wide open.
It’s been a while since we spoke, one day we’ll see each other again.
Some distance away when you’re older, you’ll come lying on my shoulder,
Tell me the storm has passed, that day we’ll meet again.
I have the impression that you fell on my head, that you delivered yourself to the wind.
I hope it was worth it in the end.
You and my guitar, think you might be my only friend.
I gave you, I hope it was worth it in the end.
Where to stream Dominic Fike’s “Elliot’s Song” ft. Zendaya
The official audio for “Elliot’s Song,” now featuring vocals from Zendaya, was released via the “Euphoria” YouTube channel on Friday, March 4. Listen below.
What will happen with Rue and Elliot in season 3?
Rue and Elliot’s relationship status seems pretty clear: they care about each other, but they’re not healthy together and shouldn’t be friends. Still, their eyes meeting across the auditorium during Lexi’s play might signal that their story isn’t quite over. Their relationship could be one of many storylines explored in season three – we’ll just have to wait and see where their paths lead.