”Don’t Try To Ruin My Life And I Won’t Have To Ruin Yours.” – Nate Jacobs
Talk about a complex character. Nate Jacobs: on the outside, he is popular, the star high school quarterback, and from a well-known family. On the inside, he is much darker. Nate has a violent side and struggles with his sexuality due to his upbringing. He was usually able to get away with his problematic behavior with his good looks and social status. The latest season of Euphoria changed the narrative, though. Nate’s circle knows who he is. By the end of season 2, even Nate is becoming to come to terms with his sadistic personality. Or is he?
Below is a playlist we have created just for Nate’s character from Euphoria. First up is Dead of Night by Orville Peck from, yes, that scene in the car with Cassie where all their troubles began. Next is a must. Nate Growing Up by Labrinth was the montage of exactly what the song states: Nate growing up. Nate may have his own issues, but insecurity over his body is not one of them. Why was he shirtless for, like, half of the pilot episode of Euphoria? For that reason, Cocky AF by Megan Thee Stallion and DNA by Kendrick Lamar have been added. Nate and his father could definitely improve their relationship…quite a bit, so we’ve added Daddy Issues by The Neighbourhood. Nate actually never had a proper adult in his life to mentor him. Most of his problems stem from the people who were supposed to be his mentors. No Role Modelz by J. Cole, On My Own by Darci, and R.I.P 2 My Youth The Neighbourhood explain his situation the best. The lines “Maybe I just lost control/These nights keep on taking tolls/Find me out here on my own/But I’m ending up with you home,” in On My Own are the perfect description of Nate’s cycle of violence.
Perhaps one of the biggest surprises of this season of Euphoria is Nate and Cassie becoming a thing. My Ex’s Best Friend by Machine Gun Kelly and blackbear is necessary for this playlist. Not only that song imperative but so is Traitor by Olivia Rodrigo and idfc by blackbear. What a stab in the back.
At the end of the day, Nate is a sad, troubled human being. His actions cannot be forgiven, but maybe the reasoning for them is clear. I Feel Like I’m Drowning by Two Feet, High Enough by K.Flay, and Friends by Chase Atlantic describe Nate’s loneliness.