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‘Bridgerton’ Is Here to Stay—Shonda Rhimes Wants to Run the Series for at Least 8 Seasons

It looks like Bridgerton fans probably won't be saying bye to the show any time soon.

The show's creator, Shonda Rhimes, just discussed the smash series in an interview with Variety, and she's got some major plans for the period drama.

Back in April, it was already confirmed that Netflix had renewed the series for seasons 3 and 4, but Rhimes wants double that number. “There are eight Bridgerton siblings, and as far as I’m concerned, there are eight ‘Bridgerton’ seasons—and maybe more,” she told the publication.

This number would make sense, given that there are eight books in Julia Quinn's Bridgerton series, from which the show is based. Rhimes is already following closely to the novels, with the upcoming second season being based around the second installment, The Viscount Who Loved Me.

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And as we've previously learned, Rhimes is going to expand the Bridgerton universe outside of the main series, too. Back in May, Netflix announced that Queen Charlotte (played by Golda Rosheuvel) would be getting her own spin-off series.

In her interview with Variety, Rhimes said, “I’m very obsessed with Queen Charlotte, and I always call her the Beyoncé of the show.”

But of course, when talk of Bridgerton rolls around, there's always the question of Regé-Jean Page, who made waves with his turn as the Duke of Hastings in season one, and then caused devastation when it was announced he wouldn't be returning for season two.

When asked if Page would ever return as the Duke, Rhimes said, “I don’t think so! And here’s why: He’s an enormous star now. As I like to say, the idea that we would write Regé to stand around in the background doesn’t make any sense at all to me. ‘What would he do?’ is what I like to say.”

We still have a feeling we haven't seen the last of the duke. And hopefully, we've got 7 more seasons to look out for him.

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