What could have been! Even though fans were upset to see Ashtray (Javon Walton) die in the Euphoria season 2 finale, the show was actually supposed to take a different route.
Instead of Ashtray dying, his older brother, Fezco (Angus Cloud) was supposed to be killed off, as in the first episode of season 2, viewers learn the backstory about Fezco and his grandmother (Kathrine Narducci). But creator Sam Levinson decided to switch things one day before filming and rewrote the script.
“It was insane that ended up being the ending of it all,” Walton told Entertainment Tonight.
During the finale, Fezco tried to take the blame for when Ashtray killed off Custer (Tyler Chase), but he locked himself in his bathroom with ammo and guns instead, shooting at the S.W.A.T. team that eventually comes into Fezco’s apartment.
“He’s definitely ride or die for [Fez]. That’s his main thing,” Walton shared. “He really snapped in the last episode. That was his breaking point. He doesn’t show it that often but when he does, it’s noticeable that he’s a kid.”
Though some viewers pointed out that we never see Ashtray’s body, it sounds like his character’s fate is sealed.
Despite no longer being on the series, Walton loved hanging out with Cloud. “We had a ton of fun,” he said. “We had a really good chemistry. So it was easy to build that Ashtray and Fez chemistry because we were doing that so well off camera.”
Walton is also rooting for Fezco and Lexi (Maude Apatow) to take their romance to the next level in season 3. “It was a really cute relationship and I hope they go far in season 3. I thought it was a really good bond,” he said.
But Walton is still holding out hope that his character is doing just fine.
“Man, I just hope he’s alive,” the actor told Esquire. “Because I’m sure he didn’t just get shot one time by taking cover in the bathtub and getting shot through the wall.” He adds, “You know that Fez needs Ash, and Ash needs Fez. They both really rely on each other, so it’s going to be really hard for both of them.”