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When Will Borgen Return to Netflix?

September 2, 2020
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Created by Adam Price, the Danish political drama series ‘Borgen’ stars Sidse Babett Knudsen as Birgitte Nyborg Christensen, an idealist young centrist politician who becomes the first female Prime Minister of Denmark. Since the show’s original premiere on DR1, it has garnered widespread critical acclaim and massive international popularity. After the first three seasons of the show were made available on Netflix, it has been able to reach even a bigger audience. There is already a lot of speculations about a possible season 4. Here is what we know about it.

Borgen Season 4 Release Date: When Will It Premiere?

‘Borgen’ seasons 1 to 3 premiered together on Netflix on September 1, 2020. The show had its original 30-episode run on DR1 between September 26, 2010, and March 10, 2013. In the intermediate years, the series has gained a cult status and is often referred by the critics as “the “bleaker, Nordic version of The West Wing.” It is also often compared to ‘The Killing’, another specimen of Danish television that found a large international audience and is also produced by DR. In April 2020, announcements came that Netflix will be collaborating with DR to make a new season of ‘Borgen’, about seven years after the production of the show wrapped.

“Ten years ago Borgen helped redefine the global television landscape, showing that great stories can come from anywhere and be loved everywhere,” stated Lina Brouneus, Netflix’s Director of Co-Productions & Acquisitions. “We are immensely proud to partner with DR and the whole creative team to bring this worldwide phenomenon back.” Christian Rank, the drama director at DR, echoed her sentiments, stating that they are very excited to work together with Netflix “to bring Borgen and its characters back to life.” ‘Borgen’ season 4 release date is tentatively set in 2022. It will first air on DR and then stream on Netflix for its international audience.

Borgen Season 4 Cast: Who Is in It?

Aside from Knudsen, ‘Borgen’ stars Mikael Birkkjær as Phillip Christensen, Birgitte’s academic husband; Freja Riemann and Emil Poulsen as Laura and Magnus, Birgitte and Phillip’s two children; and Pilou Asbæk as Kasper Juul, the chief of communications in the Christensen administration. Birgitte Hjort Sørensen portrays TV1 journalist turned campaign manager Katrine Fønsmark. Morten Kirkskov and Iben Dorner are cast as PM’s Permanent Secretary Niels Erik Lund and PM’s personal assistant Sanne, respectively. Benedikte Hansen portrays TV1 journalist Hanne Holm, while Søren Malling essays the role of TV1 news editor Torben Friis.

Most members of the cast are likely to reprise their respective roles in the next season. Knudsen and Sørensen’s returns have already been confirmed. However, actors Ole Thestrup and Søren Spanning passed away in 2018 and 2020, respectively. The fates of their characters, PM Lars Hesselboe and right-wing politician Svend Åge Saltum, are uncertain.

Borgen Season 4 Plot: What Is It about?

‘Borgen’ season 3 opens with Birgitte working as a lecturer. She stepped down as the Prime Minister in the previous season, and two and a half years have passed since then. In the course of the season, she re-enters politics and sets up a new political party, the New Democrats. As with every other episode of the series, the finale begins with an epigraph, this one is a quote from Abraham Lincoln: “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”

In the season finale, Birgitte’s party achieves stellar success in the general election, prompting both the right and left-leaning coalitions to reach out to her. The left-leaning coalition even offers her the Prime Ministerial post. She eventually turns it down as it would have meant working together with the Freedom Party, whose anti-immigration policies represent everything that Birgitte and the New Democrats oppose. She subsequently becomes the Minister of Foreign Affairs in the right-leaning coalition.

In season 4, we might see Birgitte performing her duties as the Foreign Minister. Her relationship with her children might have a considerable focus as well. Sørensen’s Fønsmark is arguably the second-most important character in ‘Borgen’. Expect the show to focus on her career as a journalist as she has left Birgitte’s staff.

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