Cassie, What Is Your Problem?


Watching Cassie’s character in this season of Euphoria has been so frustrating since she decided to get involved with Nate behind Maddy’s back. I just couldn’t understand how she could betray her best friend.

Why would Cassie even accept a ride from Nate to the party? Why have sex with him in the bathroom at the party where you know your best friend is at?

In the second episode, “Out of Touch,” Cassie is given plenty of opportunities and reasons to leave Nate, but she doesn’t.

For example, when Cassie texts Nate, “last night was a mistake,” and then he immediately calls her to tell her, “never put that in writing again.” Later that same episode, Nate tells Cassie that they need to stop seeing each other, so Cassie gets very upset and runs out of the car. Nate follows her out of the car, catches up to Cassie, and they begin hooking up again. In the middle of it, Nate tells Cassie, “how are you ever gonna look Maddy in the eye again?”

In the same episode, Cassie begins to avoid Maddy. Cassie knows it’s wrong, so why does she keep doing it?

I couldn’t understand why, but once I began remembering her relationship with her father, it began to make more sense.

Even though Cassie’s father was in her life, he still left her and her family in a traumatizing way. The last time Cassie ever saw or heard of him, was when he came to her house in the middle of the night with scars all over his arms. He took some expensive-looking plates to sell for drugs, told Cassie he would call her as soon as he could, quickly left, and she never heard from him again.

I think her father’s absence caused Cassie to look for validation in men no matter the circumstances. Even if she knows it’s wrong, it makes her feel good about herself.

I began to feel for Cassie, even though she betrayed Maddy, because I went through the same thing when I was younger.

I didn’t get involved with my best friend’s ex-boyfriend, but I did stupid things for guys just to feel temporary validation.

I didn’t even necessarily find them attractive, but I just did it so I would get some attention and feel good about myself. I felt good at the moment. I felt pretty and wanted, but once it was over, I felt ashamed and used; It always went that way every single time, yet I kept doing it.

Looking back at it, I didn’t like myself for doing it. At the time, I didn’t see it as an issue.

It went on for a longer time than it should’ve, and it embarrassed me.

After some time, it just wasn’t the same anymore. I began to get over it. I took a step back and looked at my actions and the other guy’s actions. I realized I just couldn’t do it anymore. I felt so used after I felt this one guy just made me feel like I was just easy access.

In some ways, I can relate to Cassie so I do feel bad for her. However, I do look at her actions and just think, “Would I have done that?”

I’ve never been in a position where that would happen but, I don’t think I would be able to do something like that. I just wouldn’t be able to look at myself in the mirror, let alone my best friend, and act like everything is okay.

Maybe to Cassie, the opportunity presented itself and the temptation overcame her.

I’ve been wondering how Maddy will end up finding out. As of right now, I think Rue will be involved considering she saw a blond girl get in Nate’s car at night, as she rode her bike.

I’ve read some people think that Rue will tell Jules, who will then tell Maddy but, I don’t think it’ll be as simple as that. It’s Euphoria, so I’m thinking it will be more dramatic than that. I don’t know exactly what, but that theory just sounds too simple.

I’m thinking Maddy will respond by either fighting or getting revenge on Cassie. Or maybe even both, I wouldn’t put that past Maddy.

Cassie is one of my favorite characters so I do have soft spot for her, but this does make me look at her differently.