The pressure of growing up can be asphyxiating. In season two of Netflix’s Swedish-language teen drama Young Royals, released on November 1, the fight to breathe is literal. Sixteen-year-old Wilhelm (Edvin Ryding, pictured top left) is despondent after the heartbreak of a lifetime, all while struggling with oppressive expectations from his parents, severe anxieties about fitting in at his elite boarding school, and fallout from an intimate video of him with his male friend secretly filmed and released by an enemy classmate. It doesn’t help that he is the Crown Prince of Sweden, with generations of tradition and responsibility resting upon his shoulders.
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