Zendaya as Rue in "Euphoria"
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The wild ride that was the first season of Euphoria left fans stunned with its finale episode —mostly because of Zendaya's standout performance. 

The internet was hailing the show's stars for their incredible acting capabilities and the show itself for a heartbreaking and raw portrayal of the high school experience. The emotional first season drew enough viewers for a second season to be picked up by HBO

The actors posted their own heartfelt goodbyes after the final episode aired, but judging from the cliffhanger finale, it's likely we'll see most of the principal cast back again soon. 

Zendaya shared a teary-eyed selfie in Rue's unwashed hoodie.

Zendaya was feeling the emotional hit of the show like so many, but she also missed playing her character. "Wore Rue’s hoody today, haven’t worn or washed it since we wrapped. Safe to say I’m deep in my feels lol," she tweeted after the finale episode. 

The lead actor also shared a heartfelt message to everyone involved in the production. 

Zendaya shared a trailer of the finale episode and wrote a long message of gratitude to her fellow cast members and the crew. 

"I have a lot to say, and I don’t know how to get it out, or even process these last 8 weeks but I’ll try. I’m so grateful for this show. For the beautiful family I’ve gained from it, for the self discovery and purpose I’ve found in it, and the people that we’ve been able to connect with and speak to through it."

Most of all, she thanked the showrunner Sam Levinson for personifying elements of his own struggle into her character. 

"...Sam, thank you for trusting me with the most honest parts of yourself and bringing Rue into my life, for both of you, I’m forever grateful..."

One of the most surprising moments of the episode was when fans heard Zendaya's soulful singing in the continuation of the show's theme song. 

The soundtrack has been applauded since the beginning, and the show's theme song has remained a mystery until the final episode. "All for Us" showcased Zendaya's stellar vocals and appeared in a hallucinogenic sequence in which she performed a dance number in character. 

One fan of the show tweeted that she deserved two types of awards for putting in work in the series: "zendaya looked at her future emmy, said 'eh' and decided to secure her grammy too #euphoriafinale #euphoriahbo." 

Her acting skills were positively exquisite, and Twitter called out the premature Emmy nomination. 

Someone on Twitter shared an image of Rue early on in the series and wrote excitedly in a tweet, "ZENDAYA NEEDS EMMY NOW #EUPHORIA #euphoriafinale." 

From a drug overdose to finding stability to a heartbreaking relapse, Zendaya has shown the many different emotions and struggles that her character exhibits throughout the show. Through it all, though, she has made Rue likable and have characteristics beyond just having a drug addiction. 

Twitter is pretty much determined by this point that Zendaya should get an award.

Someone shared a sassy gif of the actor and wrote, "Me if Zendaya doesn't win an Emmy or Golden Globe for this #EuphoriaFinale." 

If the HBO series goes by without any recognition in the coming awards season, fans will be up in arms. From the stunning cinematography to the gorgeous hair and makeup, there are too many elements of this show that are deserving of recognition. 

It only makes sense that Zendaya would be the one to sing the track that everyone has been hearing all season long. 

Someone tweeted, "#EUPHORIA #EuphoriaFinale Zendaya singing that track, the fans heard throughout the entire show, is the biggest surprise of 2019. Give. Her. That. Emmy." 

Of course, the mystery track would feature the star of the show's vocals, and it just makes it that much better that a triple threat like Zendaya would be the one to do the honors. 

Aside from Zendaya, the rest of the cast was wildly impressive, too, and deserving of accolades. 

One fan wrote, "Honestly one of the best shows I’ve seen in such a long time @euphoriaHBO this episode Jacob Elordi and Zendaya delivered and not to forget Sydney Sweeney what a phenom! Give them the awards! #EuphoriaFinale." 

Both Jacob Elordi and Sydney Sweeney, who played Nate and Cassie, respectively, had to depict some heartbreaking moments in the show and were definitely two of the best performers.