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Drama | Iceland • Meet Iceland’s radical new prime minister. Benedikt Ríkarðsson is beloved for his unconventional style, straight talk, and revolutionary ideas, but underneath all that promise are inner demons that threaten to destroy him and his government.
Unorthodox prime minister candidate Benedikt makes an unprecedented announcement: he will resign unless 90% of Iceland votes in the election. The entire nation is intrigued, but so are his opponents. Will his big risk pay off?
Iceland has spoken, but Benedikt is torn. He decides to give the people what they want and then gives them unprecedented democratic power with the help of Twitter. But his revolutionary new government is threatened by a dark secret about his past.
When his father’s parish is threatened, Benedikt continues his streak of revolutionary ideas and proposes the separation of church and state, but nobody is on board. Meanwhile, Steinunn discovers news that will change her and Benedikt’s lives.
On his way to sign Eggert’s development deal in his hometown, Benedikt runs into an old flame, who inspires him to oppose the deal and go off the grid, infuriating his party. When Steinunn tracks him down, she learns the truth about his past.
Benedikt starts showing increasingly erratic behavior, abusing his power to stop a deportation and ruining Steinunn’s birthday party. As Benedikt spirals into mental instability, Grímur takes advantage of his vulnerability.
Benedikt’s manic episode is taking over. He pushes Steinunn away when she suggests he get help and assaults his aide, Hrefna. In a moment of psychosis, he makes a declaration about Iceland’s currency that will have monumental consequences.
After berating the EU Commission and declaring them personae non gratae, Benedikt takes a psychosis-driven trip to a sheep farm and disappears into the mountains. Steinunn’s family tries to strip him of his autonomy, but they have to find him first.
By the time Benedikt is found, his government is in chaos. He must choose between hiding his illness to stay in power, as Steinunn wants, or coming clean. After reconciling with Hrefna, he makes his choice in a live address to the nation.