Bridgerton, the Netflix period piece based on Julia Quinn’s enormously popular novels, premiered on December 25. The eight-episode first season follows the London-based Bridgerton family during a swirling social season as eldest daughter Daphne (played by Phoebe Dynevor) makes her society debut, falls into a peculiar relationship with a duke—and later a prince—deals with the emergence of a seemingly omnipotent gossip columnists, and maneuvers the slings and arrows of Regency-era high society.
It’s a layered, delicious story made possible by a strong ensemble cast—what with the drama spreading out across multiple families, age groups, and possible romantic partners—featuring Julie Andrews, Regé-Jean Page, Freddie Stroma, Golda Rosheuvel, and many more. But will these be the only eight episodes we ever see?
Here's what we know about season two.
Season 2 has begun filming.
On January 21, a second season of Bridgerton was announced. According to a release from Netflix, "Bridgerton shall officially return for a second season... The incomparable cast of Bridgerton will return to production in the spring of 2021." The note, said to be from Lady Whistledown herself, went on to say that "This author has been reliably informed that Lord Anthony Bridgerton intends to dominate the social season."
Production on Bridgerton's sophomore season has now officially begun. Jonathan Bailey, who plays Anthony, was spotted filming with Sex Education star Simone Ashley, who is joining the series as Kate Sharma, Anthony's love interest. (In the novel, her character's name is Kate Sheffield, but creators decided she would be of Indian descent and changed her last name). In the photo below, it appears the two—along with returning cast members Luke Newton (Colin Bridgerton), Luke Thompson (Benedict Bridgerton), Claudia Jessie (Eloise Bridgerton), Ruth Gemmell (Lady Violet Bridgerton) and Adjoa Andoh (Lady Danbury)—were filming a scene at a horse race.
There are plenty of books for inspiration.
The first season of the series focuses on the coming out season of Daphne Bridgerton and her relationship with the Duke, Simon Basset—but that’s only part of the story. The bestselling Bridgerton novels, written by Julia Quinn, go on to explore the lives of all eight Bridgerton children, meaning there’s plenty more source material for a second (and third, and fourth…) season. Series creator Chris Van Dusen says, “Part of the great thing is that these books create such a massive world, and it's full of rich characters. The way that we cast the show and the stories we're telling allow us to tell such an array of stories I'm really excited about.”
The stars and creators are interested—well, most of them.
“It's still too early to tell really,” Van Dusen previously told T&C of a possible second season. “We're just focused on the first season right now and getting that out to the world. I would love to explore stories for all the Bridgerton siblings, though.”
Phoebe Dynevor, who plays Daphne Bridgerton, says, “I love that [Daphne’s] story ends really nicely; it's all tied up at the end. Now, I have a feeling that she's going to have to get involved with Anthony's love life, since it's his turn next. I'm a hopeless romantic, so I'm all for the happily-ever-after ending.”
There will be some new cast members joining the season. Along with Ashley, there is Shelley Conn, who will play her mother. Other new faces to expect for season two include Calam Lynch, Charithra Chandran, and Rupert Young.
There will one familiar character missing, however, when we return to the series. Regé-Jean Page, who played the Duke of Hastings, has announced that he will not be coming back to Bridgerton—much to the dismay of fans who fell hard for his character.
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