Everything We Know So Far About ‘Bridgerton’ Season 2
To say we had high expectations for Shonda Rhimes’s Netflix series, Bridgerton, would be an understatement. (Come on, she’s the creative mind behind our favorite shows such as Grey's Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder.) And fans can attest to the fact that Rhimes, once again, did not disappoint.
And now that we’ve binged the series (twice), we have tons of questions about the second season. Keep reading for everything we know about Bridgerton season two.
1. What is Bridgerton?The series, which is based on best-selling romance author Julia Quinn’s book series of the same name, follows Daphne Bridgerton, the eldest daughter in a very powerful family. She searches for true love in a competitive (and equally diverse) marriage market. However, this proves to be a challenge when her older brother steps in to rule out several potential suitors. And when she meets the rebellious Duke of Hastings, their natural chemistry starts to outweigh Daphne's aversion to his bad-boy demeanor. Despite proclaiming that they want nothing the other has to offer, their attraction is undeniable and sparks fly as they find themselves engaged in an increasing battle of wits while navigating society’s expectations for their future. Bridgerton takes place in London in the early 1800s, also commonly known as the Regency Period.
2. Who’s in it?
The cast includes Phoebe Dynevor (Daphne Bridgerton), Regé-Jean Page (Duke of Hastings Simon Basset), Jonathan Bailey (Anthony Bridgerton), Golda Rosheuvel (Queen Charlotte), Ben Miller (Lord Featherington), Nicola Coughlan (Penelope Featherington) and Luke Newton (Colin Bridgerton). Not to mention, the iconic Julie Andrews stars as the series' narrator, Lady Whistledown.
3. Will there be a season two?Since the series is based on Quinn's eight-novel Bridgerton collection, fans were expecting that there would be a second season (as well as a third and a fourth). Turns out, they were right. Netflix officially renewed the series for a second installment back in January.
And the streaming service broke the news in the best way possible. Lady Whistledown announced the exciting information in the form of her gossip column. In addition to the renewal news, the pamphlet also confirmed that the second installment will start filming this spring in the U.K.
4. What will season two be about?
It appears the show will continue to follow the books (as it did with season one). Therefore, season two will coincide with Quinn’s second novel, The Viscount Who Loved Me, and will center more around Anthony Bridgerton and his quest for love.
Lady Whistledown’s note also addressed what viewers can expect. “This author has been reliably informed that Lord Anthony Briderton intends to dominate the social season. I will have my pen ready to report on any and all of his romantic activities.”
Dynevor also opened up about her hopes for a second season. “If we're sticking to the books, it's sort of Anthony's turn now,” she told Harper’s Bazaar. “But there's no such thing as a happy ending, is there? I think love's always shifting and changing. So who knows? I'd like to see what happens next. And also, I'd like to see Daphne get involved in Anthony's love life since he was so involved in hers.”
5. Who will star in season two?While we will see some familiar faces from season one, Netflix has also cast a handful of new actors for the second installment. Back in February, Deadline reported that Simone Ashley had been cast as the female lead, Kate Sharma, opposite Jonathan Bailey. “Newly arrived in London, Kate is a smart, headstrong young woman who suffers no fools—Anthony Bridgerton very much included.”
Earlier this week, it was announced that Regé-Jean Page (aka Simon Basset, Duke of Hastings) won’t make an appearance in the show’s upcoming season two. Netflix and Shondaland teamed up to announce the dreadful news via a message from none other than Lady Whistledown herself.
“Dear Readers, while all eyes turn to Lord Anthony Bridgerton’s quest to find a Viscountess, we bid adieu to Regé-Jean Page, who so triumphantly played the Duke of Hastings,” it read. “We’ll miss Simon’s presence onscreen, but he will always be a part of the Bridgerton family.”
And on Monday, The Hollywood Reporter revealed that four more major roles have been filled by Charithra Chandran (Alex Rider), Shelley Conn (Liar), Calam Lynch (Benediction) and Rupert Young (Dear Evan Hansen). The best part? They are all series regulars. Per the outlet, Chandran will play Kate’s younger sister, Edwina Sharma, while Lynch will portray Theo Sharpe, a hardworking printer's assistant. Young will play a new member of the town, Jack, while Conn will portray the sisters' mother, Mary Sharma.
If you need us, we’ll be waiting for more updates.
Want Netflix's top shows sent right to your inbox? Click here.