If there is any other series that is more feminist, more steamy and showcases the early 1900s Regency era’s society in a better way – I dare you to name it. It’s none other than Shonda Rhimes’ first Netflix deal – Bridgerton. Released during the Pandemic when viewers are thirsty for new good content like a Jacobin Cuckoo, season 1 of Bridgerton has been a massive hit. It has been watched in 82 million households all over the world. Needless to say, the world is already craving for more of the Bridgertons.
Bridgerton has been Renewed for a Sequel?
In early January, Netflix announced the Bridgertons are coming back soon in season 2. Those who are aware, the announcement came in the form of yet another gossip column in Lady Whistledown’s Society Papers. According to the announcement, the team is starting the production in the spring of 2021 for shooting season 2, focusing on the elder Bridgerton brother, Viscount Anthony Bridgerton, and his introduction in the British social season.
What Bridgerton Season 2 Will Be All About?
Let us tell you first that this series is based on Julia Quinn’s best-selling series of novels, Bridgerton. As the series goes, season 1 was based on the first book Duke and I, revolving around the eldest Bridgerton daughter Daphne and her relationship with Duke Simon Basset. According to Phoebe Dynevor, who played Daphne Bridgerton in Season 1, “We’re passing on the baton to the lovely (Jonathan Bailey), who plays Anthony, and that will be the story arc of season 2.”
Season 2 will be focusing on the eldest (living) Bridgerton’s son, Viscount Anthony Bridgerton. In season 1, we have seen his quite colorful character and his wandering ways with a prostitute. As the story goes in book 2, The Viscount Who Loved Me, Anthony has chosen his wife-to-be. But the only obstacle is his fiance’s older sister, Kate Sheffield. According to Julia Quinn, she is ‘the most meddlesome woman ever to grace a London ballroom’ and a ‘spirited schemer,’ is determined to stop the betrothal of her beloved sister with the most ‘reformed rake’ of all. It’s a classic enemies-to-lovers story.
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With New Storyline, Comes New Characters
Netflix revealed that Simone Ashley set to play Kate, Anthony’s love interest, in Bridgerton season 2. According to the announcement, “Get ready to fall in love with Simone Ashley…” It reads, “Kate is a smart, headstrong young woman who suffers no fools—Anthony Bridgerton very much included”. This brings us to Charithra Chandran, who will portray Edwina Anthony’s fiance.
According to the novel, one of the new faces will be Charmed famed Rupert Evan, who will be seen as papa Bridgerton, mostly in flashbacks, who died of bee-stung. Shelly Conn will play Lady Mary Sharma, Kate and Edwina’s stepmother. Additionally, Calam Lynch as Theo Sharpe, a hardworking printer’s assistant, and Rupert Young as Jack, a noble from a family as well-heeled as the Bridgertons, will be some of the new faces who will be frequenting in season 2.
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When Will Bridgerton Season 2 Release?
Much to viewers’ dismay, Bridgerton season 2 will not be coming before mid-to-late 2022. Going by season 1’s schedule, it took nearly 9 months just for the shooting to complete. According to Netflix’s announcement, the shooting for season 2 will start in spring 2021, i.e., March-April 2021. However, as the Covid-19 pandemic’s 2nd wave again hits the world, it’s safe to say the shoot is likely to delay furthermore this time. So, we suggest holding your horses, fans. As Lady Whistledown said, Patience, after all, is a virtue.
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