Young Royals season 2 review – the Simon and Wilhelm love story continues

November 1, 2022
Daniel Hart 4
Netflix, Streaming Service, TV Reviews
3.5

Summary

Young Royals season 2 continues to live up to the hype with a fresh, Swedish LGTBQ+ drama that fashions a plot circling romance and revenge.

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3.5

Summary

Young Royals season 2 continues to live up to the hype with a fresh, Swedish LGTBQ+ drama that fashions a plot circling romance and revenge.

We review Netflix’s Young Royals season 2 – this article is spoiler-free, so you can read without the risk of any major reveals!

Young Royals season 1 caught the teen community by storm. An LGBTQ+ royal love story mixed in with plenty of outrageous drama and tinges of revenge. While Hulu had Love, Victor, Netflix had a different offering. One that was an underdog; Young Royals was released on the platform with little promotion, but word of mouth gripped the online community. It was a sure thing that we were getting a season 2. Team Wilhelm and Simon took our minds hostage – will they, or won’t they make it?

But the end of season 1 left this bubbling, complicated love story at a crossroads. After August unnecessarily leaked a sex video of Crown Prince Wilhelm and Simon in bed together, all hope looked lost. Being part of a Royal Family means rules. This series coats itself in backward traditions that uphold Wilhelm’s identity and leave him desiring more but receiving little. If you look past the dopamine-hitting teen subplots, it’s a sad love story. Simon and Wilhelm are very much in love, but it’s difficult for them to have each other.

And so, season 2 provides another battleground for teens battling for love and acceptance. We have Sara adjusting to campus life while dealing with her lust for August; we have Wilhelm brooding for Simon, who is seemingly exploring elsewhere, and we have August feeling regretful for his actions with the leaked sex video and wanting forgiveness from Wilhelm, who seems hellbent on revenge. A lot is riding on the story’s main plot points, and the Netflix series does not waste its time delving into the less important subplots that audiences will talk little about.

Young Royals season 2 continues to live up to the hype with a fresh, Swedish LGTBQ+ drama that fashions a plot circling romance and revenge. The series enjoys the dramatics but keeps the tensions bubbling rather than overflowing. Too many teen dramas fall into the trap of providing a vicious circle of events without developing the characters and providing much-needed context.

Young Royals does not fall into that trap; it enjoys building up its characters slowly. A fine example is Sara, a student who seemingly has little problems but finds herself in social dilemmas in season 2. There was a clear plan for this character. The series creators decided not to wedge her useless storylines and gave audiences a reason to care.

Of course, the main story is the relationship between Wilhelm and Simon, with August on the sidelines embroiled in a revenge plot against him. It makes for sensationalist viewing, but there are plenty of surprises in season 2 that will shock the audience. There’s creativity in the story to make this love story more complicated, but in a reasonable but structured way, making things possible for a Young Royals season 3.

I feel that season 2 of Young Royals is better than its predecessor. Netflix has a gem on its hands, so let’s hope the writing sustains, the audiences keep on coming, and the ratings maintain — this is an underdog series that could become a staple teen drama like Elite.

What did you think of Netflix’s Young Royals season 2? Comment below.

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4 thoughts on “Young Royals season 2 review – the Simon and Wilhelm love story continues

  • November 1, 2022 at 11:20 pm
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    I think that the second season should of shown more intimate scenes of Wille and Simon because fans were shattered by the end of season 1 . We needed to see how they came back to each other in some of season 2 rather than what the writer gave us at the very end of episode 6. Fans wanted to see the relationship of the two main characters rather than then girls in the manor house and the horse .I just hope Netflix Renews it for season 3 so we at least get a satisfied ending .

  • November 2, 2022 at 3:05 am
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    I think it was so beautifully portrayed and I am so happy that they did not “love Victor” this season. I think the only thing that could have improved, were the intimacy between Wille and Simon, because in multiple instances Marcus was too relevant of a character which we all knew wasn’t going to be the end game for Simon. However, they did fantastic with plot twists, character development and giving us what we all wanted, the “I love you” and the closing of the blinds ?

  • November 2, 2022 at 9:05 am
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    I just finished binge watching series 2 and didn’t realise that the episde I was watching was already episode 6. This season did really well ini showing us the struggles that all characters had to go through, not just Wilhelm and Simon, but also Felice and Sara, and howeve much I didnt like the character August, I could empathize with the inner conflicts he had to deal with too. It had a very sweet ending, when Wilhelm improvized the speech and looked back at Simon, who was initially tense and nervous, and made him soflty smile

  • November 2, 2022 at 6:56 pm
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    I echo some of the other comments that we didn’t get enough intimacy of the main couple and saw far more of the group of girls story. The success of Season 1 has to be the wonderful connection between the two lead boys. However, episode 6 was very satisfying and I only wish we got to hear the end of Wilhelm’s speech.

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