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Bridgerton season 2: What you need to know about the steamy Netflix series
It’s been over a year since Bridgerton took the world by storm, quickly becoming one of Netflix’s most popular originals and regularly mentioned as one of the best British shows on Netflix. So, when can we expect Bridgerton season two? And what will it be about? Read on for everything we know about the romantic drama’s sophomore season and more.
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What is Bridgerton about?
Bridgerton follows various families in Regency-era London in the 1800s. The well-to-do Bridgerton family is looking to marry off their daughters to maintain their social standing. This leads to a great deal of conflict and scandal.
Season one focused on the eldest Bridgerton daughter, Daphne Bridgerton, as she made her debut on the marriage market. But as her older brother Anthony meddles in her options, she strikes out on her own and finds herself sparring with the rebellious bachelor Simon Basset, the Duke of Hastings. Their animosity soon takes a turn for the romantic, complicating matters further.
Lady Whistledown, a mystery socialite, narrates the series. She comments on the gossip of the day in her widely-read newsletter, entertaining her readers with the implicit threat that they could be her next target.
What is Bridgerton season 2 about?
Bridgerton season two will shift focus to look at Anthony Bridgerton’s quest for love, as revealed by a Netflix announcement, styled as a Lady Whistledown newsletter on the Shondaland Instagram account.
The first season revealed Anthony to be something of a playboy with no intention to marry. If Bridgerton season two is set to look at his quest for love, that attitude is likely to change or at least be challenged.
After all, this show is all about finding love, getting married, and avoiding scandal.
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That last part tends to be a bit elusive, of course, and we’re sure to see some gossip from the lips of Lady Whistledown. A teaser for the new season suggests she’ll be ramping up her efforts. But with the gossipmonger’s identity now known to viewers, the work of keeping her secret may also become a big part of season two.
Is Bridgerton based on books?
Yes! Bridgerton is based on the New York Times bestselling Bridgerton series of novels by Julia Quinn.
There are currently eight novels in the main series along with story collections and novellas.
Each book in the main series focuses on one of the Bridgerton children, and the Netflix series is following suit. Bridgerton season two’s focus on Anthony after season one’s Daphne-centric storyline is in keeping with the structure of the first two novels.
Bridgerton season 2 release date?
Bridgerton season two will premiere on Netflix March 25, 2022.
It’s a Netflix original, so it will drop exclusively on the streaming service for all subscribers internationally.
As with season one, the whole season will be available at once.
Bridgerton season 2 cast
Bridgerton is produced by Shonda Rhimes, via her Shondaland production company. Creator and season one showrunner Chris Van Dusen returns for Bridgerton season two.
We can safely assume that Jonathan Bailey and Phoebe Dynevor will return, as their characters, Anthony and Daphne Bridgerton, respectively, have been named as part of the ensemble. It also stands to reason that we’ll see the return of other actors, as the season two announcement vaguely mentioned the return of the cast. These include the following:
- Adjoa Andoh as Lady Danbury
- Ruby Barker as Marina Thompson
- Nicola Coughlan as Penelope Featherington
- Ruth Gemmell as Lady Violet Bridgerton
- Claudia Jessie as Eloise Bridgerton
- Jessica Madsen as Cressida Cowper
- Luke Newton as Colin Bridgerton
- Golda Rosheuvel as Queen Charlotte
- Luke Thompson as Benedict Bridgerton
- Polly Walker as Lady Portia Featherington
Joining the cast is Simone Ashley, who will play Kate Sharma, a potential love interest for Anthony. “Kate is a smart, headstrong young woman who suffers no fools — Anthony Bridgerton very much included,” reads the announcement on Netflix’s official Twitter account.
Deadline has also reported that Charithra Chandran will play the role of Edwina Sharma, and Rupert Young will play a major role as well.
Another notice by Lady Whistedown informed fans that Regé-Jean Page would not return as Simon Basset, the Duke of Hastings, as his character’s arc is complete.
Will there be a Bridgerton season 3 or 4?
While we can’t tell you much about Bridgerton season two yet, Netflix is certainly investing in Bridgerton hard. Already, the streamer has confirmed that a third and fourth season will follow the second.
Jess Brownell has been named showrunner on seasons three and four. Netflix has not revealed any plot details, but good money is on a continued refocus from season to season, with a new central love story in each season.
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A prequel spinoff series is also heading to Netflix. The Bridgerton-verse side project will be a limited series based on the origins of Queen Charlotte. It will also offer a look at young Violet Bridgerton and Lady Danbury. Shonda Rhimes will write the as-yet-untitled series and serve as executive producer alongside Betsy Beers and Tom Verica.
What is the “Bridgerton Experience” live show?
Fans of Bridgerton can get excited about more than just the new seasons of the show. Along with Shondaland and Fever, Netflix is launching a live event in 2022.
The Bridgerton Experience is an immersive live show with a Bridgerton theme. Programming includes a live concert by a string quartet playing music inspired by the Bridgerton soundtrack, and a dance show and immersive character interactions based on the characters’ love stories.
Los Angeles, Chicago, Montreal, and Washington, D.C. will be the first cities to host The Bridgerton Experience in 2022, but it will roll out in dozens of cities globally as well.
Tickets are currently on sale at $49, and fans are encouraged to sign up for waitlists. The first shows are scheduled for early January 2022, though it’s unclear whether some will have to be postponed or canceled in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
That’s what we know about Bridgerton season two and the future of Bridgerton generally. You can get caught up on season one of Bridgerton on Netflix in preparation for several more seasons. And, if you’re craving even more period costumes and steamy intrigue, you can check out these other shows like Bridgerton!