That’s right Sana Bakkoush’s story will be the main focus for the insanely popular Norwegian teen drama Skam and I for one couldn’t be happier. I know a lot of fans were hoping that newcomer (to the world of Skam, that is) Even Bech Naesheim, played by Henrik Holm, would be the main focus so his story as to how he deals with being bipolar could continue. Which no doubt would have been great and there’s still a chance he could be at some point seeing as how it appears that only one school year passes between every two seasons. I know some will say that because Even is in his last year he won’t be a student much longer but there are always creative ways to get around that point of fact. Although if the little bit of spoilerish intel that has gotten out since filming began in Oslo, Norway it looks like Even will be seen quite a bit in season four.
With all that being said I can barely contain my excitement over Sana, played by the immensely talented Iman Meskini, having a turn in the spotlight. It is almost unheard of for a Muslim teenage girl’s story to be a feature on a major television show watched by millions across the globe. We’re talking unprecedented territory here and it’s about damn time. Sana Bakkoush has been an important member of the Skam family since the beginning and she deserves to have her story told just as much as anyone else’s does. That’s not to say that the show has been neglecting her or anything because they haven’t, but there’s just so much about her life that we don’t know about.
I want to know what she dreams about. What does she want to do with her life? Has she ever been in love? How does she handle the increasing pressure to modernize her beliefs? Does she feel that pressure? What is her home life like? Is she close to her parents or is there conflict? How is it being a young woman of color in a world where she is in every sense of the word a minority?
We already know that she is fiercely loyal to those she calls friend and she will have your back even if it means being shunned by others. We know that her faith is at the core of who she is as a person. We know that Iman Meskini can act circles around most of her peers with her eyes alone, but I want to know more and I can’t wait until the fourth season officially begins.
Of course, I would be lying if I didn’t admit that the words “Siste Sesong” which translates to “Last Season” didn’t worry me a bit. Actually, it worries me a lot. I’m not ready to let this show go seeing as how I just discovered it’s greatness. Here’s hoping I’m wrong and it’s not the last season because if it is I know of a few million fans who are going to be devastated.