Young Royals Season 2 Review


Stars Edvin Ryding (left) and Omar Rudberg (right)

Gabriella A. Rizzuto, Head Copy Editor

Season two of Swedish Netflix’s Young Royals was released on November 1, 2022 and was a large success right off the bat. The new, six episode long season is filled with drama, romance, and astonishing plot twists.

After the dramatic conclusion of season one, students return to Hillerska Boarding School following winter break. The time apart has given Prince Wilhelm (Edvin Ryding) and Simon (Omar Rudberg) a chance to reflect on their relationship, and what is most important to them. While Wilhelm has been preoccupied getting revenge on his second cousin, August (Malte Gårdinger), Simon has taken an interest in stable boy Marcus (Tommy Wättring). Secrets begin to circle the royal family as Wihelm proposes an ultimatum to his mother, Queen Kristina (Pernilla August), that threatens the entire monarchy.

Young Royals is known for being an excellent example of how to properly include representation in film and TV. From mental health awareness to LGBTQ+ representation, the Young Royals cast includes actual teenage actors playing teenage characters, depicting the real struggles of adolescence. Many viewers can relate to Wilhelm’s anxiety as Ryding does an excellent portrayal of the condition. Simon’s sister, Sara, is played by Swedish actress Frida Argento, who actually has Asperger’s syndrome and ADHD, just like her character.

Alongside representation, Young Royals is also loved by its viewers because of the soundtrack. Not only does the show feature both English and Swedish music, multiple songs are written by and sung by the show’s very own star, Omar Rudberg. In season one, Rudberg sang It Takes A Fool To Remain Sane and Remember. In season two, he sings Simon’s Song, a modern version of the Hillerska school song. Songs featured in both season one and two can be found on music streaming platforms such as Spotify and Amazon Music.

Season two was an ultimate success across the board. The show earned a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, a 8.3/10 on IMDb and 98% of Google users say they enjoy the show. To the excitement of many fans, Young Royals was renewed for its third and final season, so viewers can look forwards to “the end of a revolution” in 2023.