Based on an original idea by Jo Nesbø, the first season of Occupied showed how an environmental disaster led to the election of a Green Prime Minister, bringing to an end the production of gas and oil. An energy crisis ensued in Europe resulting in an EU backed Russian invasion of Norway tasked with resuming production.
In the second season, the Russian occupation continues, the political situation is further complicated by the EU’s inaction, and the United States is governed by a president who has no interest in protecting anyone but his own country.
Director, Erik Skjoldbjærg, told VG: “Occupied is fun to make because we upend common perceptions about the world around us. It is inspiring that the first season has created so much reaction and enthusiasm around the world. This season we will take even greater risks.”
Confirmed to reprise their roles for season two are Ingeborga Dapkūnaitė as Irina Sidorva, Henrik Mestad as Jesper Berg, Ane Dahl Torp as Bente Norum, Selome Emnetu as Hilde, and Eldar Skar as Hans Martin Djupvik. Joining the cast are Thea Green Lundber, Oddgeir Thune, Britt Langl and Hans Olav Brenner as Secretary Of State.