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‘Young Royals’ Season Three (2024): A Review

A Royally Successful Ending

 On March 11th, 2024, the first five episodes of the final season of Young Royals were released. The Swedish teen drama follows crown prince Wilhelm (Edvin Ryding) as he deals with his growing romantic feelings towards his classmate Simon (Omar Rudberg).  Young Royals was first released on Netflix in 2021, followed by a second season, which was released in 2022. The show, infamously, only has six episodes per season, a highly debated topic amongst fans. On March 11th, the first five episodes of season three were released, followed by the series finale and a special documentary episode released the following week on March 18th. 

It is hard to believe that a show with only 18 episodes and an average running time of 40-50 minutes could deeply pull at people’s heartstrings, but Young Royals did not disappoint. While many were sad to see that the show was ending, fans were relieved to know that the show was at least not being unexpectedly canceled and that there would be a resolved arc for all characters involved. Showrunner Lisa Ambjorn revealed in an interview with Netflix that she “always imagined Young Royals being told in three parts” and that “The ending has been clear to me from the start, and I’m so thankful and honored to get to finish this saga as intended.” After hearing these words from the showrunner, fans were eager to see how the final six episodes would play out. 

Season Three Overview

Season three picks back up with the characters dealing with the ramifications of Wilhelm’s speech in season two. With Wilhelm and Simon’s relationship officially being made public and August finally facing the consequences of leaking the video of Wille and Simon, season three leaves no room for an easy ride. Amongst dealing with his relationship, crown prince Wille is also dealing with the Queen, his mother being ill, and his boarding school, Hillerska, being under fire for alleged student bullying. Although the final season certainly introduces new storylines, the showrunners have made it clear that season three has an intentional ending, and no questions will be left unanswered.

Wilmon Endgame?

One of the biggest questions fans had going into the final season was: Will Wilhelm and Simon be endgame? Most of the series has focused explicitly on Wille and Simon’s relationship and how their presence in each other’s lives has affected their relationships with their family, friends, and school life. It has not been an easy journey for these two characters, and all the fans have wanted is for Wille and Simon to end up being happy and together. But was this a feasible option for the series conclusion?

Wilhelm’s ongoing internal battle throughout the show is choosing between his responsibilities to the country as crown prince and the love of his life, Simon. Many fans have speculated that the only way for Wilhelm and Simon to be together was if Wille abdicated. In contrast, other fans thought there was a way that Wille would be able to uphold both his duties to the crown and his love and dedication to Simon. As the season went on, it became obvious that Wille was being pulled in different directions. His heart wanted to choose Simon, but his head told him he couldn’t abandon his family. Simon also saw how negatively the crown and the life it would force him to live affected Wilhelm, and he was not sure he could support Wilhelm in leading this life. The writers had many directions that they could have gone in. Still, the show’s finale perfectly encapsulates the relationship between Wilhelm and Simon and what they mean to each other. 

A Lasting Legacy

Young Royals has proven that not all shows need multiple seasons with 20+ episodes to be successful. Young Royals was perfectly wrapped up and managed to do so within three seasons and 18 episodes. The show provided audiences with the perfect combination of severe and heartbreaking plots and the silliness and joy of falling in love for the first time. A show with only six episodes per season has no time to waste with filler episodes and unnecessary plot points, and Young Royals ensures every scene on a viewer’s screen means something. 

As Young Royals begins to be a show in the past, its lasting legacy will never be lost. Audiences have praised young Royals for their authentic storytelling, portrayal of teenagers, and depiction of an LGBTQ+ relationship in a monarchical country. The show’s two leads, Edvin Ryding and Omar Rudberg delivered outstanding performances each season. They enabled viewers to get emotionally attached to their characters as individuals and as a couple. 

Check out season three of Young Royals streaming now on Netflix!

Young Royals: Season 3 (2024) Official Netflix Trailer

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