Unless you’ve spent your time under a rock these past few months you’ve no doubt heard about the Norwegian teen drama Skam that has captured millions of fans all over the world. Skam was created by director Julie Andem who spent six months researching the lives of teenagers by going directly to the source to get to know them, their struggles, their successes and by doing so she was able to create something pretty damn special. It also helped that the casting is on-point.
The third season follows Isak Valtersen, played by seventeen-year-old Tarjei Sandvik Moe, as he too falls in love for the first time and what it means when the person you love suffers from mental illness.
“I’m Kissing You”
Season 3, Episode 4 – “Keen to Breathe”
Fan Video by Morisse Film
Skam (which translates to Shame in English) never offers up easy solutions or cardboard cutout happy endings and instead lays out each character’s story bare for the world to see with music being used to heighten or even play down the emotion of the moment. Sprinkled throughout this article you will find a few of the songs that helped me to fall in love with Isak, his boyfriend Even, Magnus, Vilde, Jonas, Eva, Eskild, Sana, and Mahdi to name a few.
Season 3, Episode 7 – “Are You Gay?”
Fan Video by MarsMoonlight
Each season consists of anywhere from ten to 12 episodes and focuses on one main character. By structuring the show this way the viewer is able to immerse themselves in lives of that character in a way they wouldn’t have been able to if each episode consisted of multiple storylines. But that doesn’t mean the other characters aren’t important to the show because without them our main character’s storylines would feel a little self-indulgent. Their stories are never enough to distract from the main character’s storyline, but just enough to make you fall in love with them and want to learn everything about them.
“High For This”
Season 3, Episode 8 – “The Man of My Life”
Fan Video by Ruoyi Sun
Disclaimer: If you’re wondering why I started with the music featured in the third season of Skam it’s because it was the first season I watched. It wasn’t until I had finished that I went back to the beginning.
Unfortunately, for those of us living outside of Norway being able to watch Skam is pretty tricky thanks to the brilliant use of music used in each episode. Of course, when something as good as a show like Skam is out there fans will find a way to watch. Once you have you won’t regret it. In fact, I’m betting it will be your new favorite obsession. Don’t worry, you’ll be in good company.
Season 3, Episode 10 – “Minute By Minute”
Fan Video by ngaymuatamta
The trailer for the fourth season is expected to drop any day now so make sure to keep an eye out to learn who will be the focus this time around. Personally, I’m hoping it’s Sana Bakkoush played by actress Iman Meskini. For those of you who like to immerse yourself in the lives of the characters you love you will be happy to know that you can do just that by following each character’s personal social media pages which allows you to see a brief glimpse into their lives as you wait for the next episode to come out.
Check out below for even more of my favorite songs from season three.