Season 2 of the Swedish teen collection Younger Royals premiered on Netflix on November 1, choosing up initially of the spring semester for the group of personal faculty teenagers. Prince Wilhelm (Edvin Ryding), the collection’ protagonist and reluctant inheritor to the throne, is caught within the aftermath of being publicly outed on tape by August (Malte Gårdinger), his second cousin and the troubled in style boy at college. August is a menace in each sense of the phrase, inflicting the dissolution of the beloved relationship between Simon (Omar Rudberg) and Wilhelm, and placing Wilhelm by means of absolute hell. Regardless of inflicting everybody’s issues, he’s additionally magnetic, troubled, and ridiculously charming at occasions, a “dangerous boy” that continuously challenges our dedication to hate him.
For August, rising his social standing is every little thing, and most of his terrible decisions are within the identify of “defending the royal household,” which actually means defending his personal picture to extend his royal standing. By the top of Season 1, August is firmly established because the villain of the collection, the dangerous boy with a drug dependancy who instigates the drama. He buys alcohol and drugs from Simon realizing he gained’t pay him again, and he bribes others to take the autumn for him when he is in jeopardy of getting caught. At his most callous and egocentric, he movies and releases a tape of Simon and Wilhelm hooking up, outing them to the general public and inserting them within the heart of a nationwide intercourse scandal.
It’s a testomony to the writing by collection creator Lisa Ambjörn and Gårdinger’s efficiency that regardless of such a heinous crime, we nonetheless care about his character. When confronted about why he did it, he hesitates, earlier than saying “Wilhelm’s bought every little thing, however he simply spits on it,” chatting with his want for Wilhelm’s royal place and Wilhelm’s indifference to his title. August believes that his standing is all he has to supply, a poisonous perception that fuels his troubling actions. His character’s complexity proves the reality is commonly extra sophisticated than good versus evil. Actual persons are multi-faceted, and August’s character isn’t any exception. His ethical ambiguity permits him to transcend the slim “dangerous boy” trope.
August’s allure is largely because of Gårdinger, who injects the character with an infectious charisma whereas speaking a deep internal turmoil. Within the aftermath of the intercourse tape scandal, his self-hatred is palpable. He breaks down whereas confiding in Sara (Frida Argento) about it, telling her his remorse consumes him and one thing could be very mistaken along with his head. We obtain extra clues about August’s background because the collection progresses, offering a much more nuanced image of a personality who’s quietly struggling. His father died by suicide and his household has since gone broke, leaving him with the burden of attempting to maintain his household identify alive. He feels the necessity to overcompensate for his monetary scenario by excelling at school and sports activities, continuously figuring out to the purpose of exhaustion and taking ADHD drugs to assist him examine. All his dangerous actions are a results of his determined pursuit of a better standing, believing his royal blood is all he has to supply. The collection has additionally proven August to be deeply insecure, harboring deep-seated jealousy of Wilhelm for his title as crown prince and future king.
The Lengths He’ll Go for Love
Season 2 finds August at his lowest, dropping his place as rowing captain and president of the Society (a secret fraternity for boys from noble households) as a result of he’s been bending traditions to attempt to win Wilhelm’s forgiveness. As his standing declines, a romance blossoms between him and Sara, Simon’s sister who’s August’s reverse in some ways, an unpopular outcast and horse lady who could not care much less about social standing. Their chemistry is simple, and August treats her with an earnest and pure adoration that makes it tough to not root for them. She brings out his greatest self, their relationship revealing a a lot softer aspect to him. Sara can’t supply him elevated recognition or greater social standing, but he’s unabashedly smitten along with her. He asks her to the ball, and when she questions what folks would possibly suppose, he responds that he does not care what anybody thinks, exhibiting that his love for her trumps his shallow pursuit of standing.
Sara has seen the lengths to which August has harm the folks she loves, but she notices the nice in him as nicely. When snooping on her pal Felice’s (Nikita Uggla) telephone, she sees Wilhelm’s texts to her calling August “probably the most disgusting particular person on this planet,” drawing satan horns on an image of him. She is aware of everybody will hate her for her involvement with him, however she will be able to’t deny the best way he makes her really feel. Of their scenes collectively, there’s no hint of August’s menacing aspect. In an cute scene exhibiting August at his greatest, Sara involves him distraught about Felice promoting her horse. He wraps her in his arms, giving her the consolation and assist she wants. After seeing her so upset, he decides to promote a household portray the following morning, utilizing the funds to purchase the horse again for her. In Season 1, he refused to promote any household heirlooms, so his willingness to take action for Sara is a serious gesture that subverts our expectations.
Defending the Monarchy
August sees the monarchy as the best energy and one thing that should be protected in any respect prices, a perception that has possible been drilled into him since beginning. Whereas poisonous, his stark monarchist views are important to understanding his motives. In a dialog with Sara, he has a panic assault whereas expressing his terror about how the monarchy will punish him for what he’s carried out. He later expresses that Wilhelm ought to’ve stopped Simon from going to the police as a result of a great royal would do no matter it took to guard the royal household. Whereas mistaken, the lens by means of which he sees the world affords crucial perception into August’s motives and reminds us of the big strain he places on himself to be the proper “royal.”
To anybody who would possibly’ve doubted his intentions with Sara, the extent to which he cares for her is solidified within the season finale. The collection has been constructing as much as a serious confrontation between Wilhelm and August, and it lastly occurs on the capturing vary. Wilhelm factors a gun at August, asking him to disclose who tipped him off about Simon’s plan to go to the police concerning the intercourse tape.
It was Sara, however August stays silent, refusing to implicate her and basically risking his life to guard her. This confrontation cements August as way more advanced than the standard dangerous boy. He continuously challenges the viewers, oscillating from ruthlessly egocentric to sickeningly charming. Younger Royals has crafted a morally ambiguous and expertly nuanced “dangerous boy” character, difficult the viewer to see him past the slim lens of fine versus dangerous.