The hot duke won't be back on Bridgerton season 2, but our hearts can be mended by a hot viscount. Bridgerton season 2 is deep into production, though two positive COVID-19 tests have forced filming to pause for a time. But it resumes, the cast and crew will return to making more episodes of the Regency-era drama.
If you heard wailing and gnashing of teeth earlier this year, it's because Regé-Jean Page, who played the Duke of Hastings, announced he wasn't starring in Bridgerton season 2. Instead, the second installment will "turn to Lord Anthony Bridgerton's quest to find a Viscountess." Speaking of which, not only has Bridgerton cast Simone Ashley as Anthony's love interest Kate, the show is also adding Charithra Chandran as Kate's sister Edwina.
Bridgerton (already one of the best Netflix shows) is adapted from Julia Quinn's popular novels and can be described as "Jane Austen meets Gossip Girl." The show follows the eponymous Bridgerton family as they navigate the marriage market. And all the sordid secrets of the high-class London ton are chronicled with sharp wit by the anonymous columnist Lady Whistledown.
Bridgerton season 1 focuses on the rollercoaster relationship between eldest Bridgerton daughter Daphne (Phoebe Dynevor) and Simon, the Duke of Hastings. They first engage in a fauxmance but end up falling in true love. The season concludes with Daphne and Simon welcoming a baby.
Season 2 will draw its main story from Quinn's second novel, The Viscount Who Loved Me, which spotlights the eldest Bridgerton brother, Anthony (Jonathan Bailey), and his search for a wife.
Here's everything we know so far about Bridgerton season 2 (oh, and watch Netflix's TUDUM to see the first look of the new season, presented by the cast of seasons 1 and 2).
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Bridgerton season 2 release date speculation
Netflix announced its renewal the series on January 21, but has not set a Bridgerton season 2 release date yet.
Production is underway and filming began this spring, according to the "letter" issued by Lady Whistledown that came with Netflix's announcement:
Filming is likely to last for several months — possibly longer, since season 2 production has already been delayed several times due to positive COVID tests among the cast/crew.
Once filming is finished, Bridgerton will move into post-production and editing. Season 1 took about 10 months from when filming wrapped in February 2020 and the Christmas Day premiere. If Bridgerton season 2 follows a similar timeline, then we might not get the new episodes until late spring or even summer 2022.
Bridgerton season 2 cast
Bridgerton's season 2 cast will bring back most of the key players from season 1. But the focus will shift to Jonathan Bailey as Anthony Bridgerton, the rakish young viscount.
However, one of the leads of season 1, Regé-Jean Page as Simon, Duke of Hastings, is not returning according to Lady Whistledown's note: "We'll miss Simon's presence onscreen, but he will always be a part of the Bridgerton family."
Page, who hosted Saturday Night Live in February, called Bridgerton "the ride of a lifetime" on Instagram. He added, "It's been an absolute pleasure and a privilege to be your Duke."
Back in a limited capacity is Phoebe Dynevor as Daphne, who remains "remain a devoted wife and sister, helping her brother navigate the upcoming social season."
We expect to see most of the other Bridgerton family members:
- Ruth Gemmell as Violet, the Dowager Viscountess Bridgerton and mother to the siblings
- Luke Thompson as Benedict Bridgerton, the second Bridgerton sibling
- Luke Newton as Colin Bridgerton, the third Bridgerton sibling
- Claudia Jessie as Eloise Bridgerton, the fifth Bridgerton sibling
- Ruby Stokes as Francesca Bridgerton, the sixth Bridgerton sibling
- Will Tilston as Gregory Bridgerton, the seventh Bridgerton sibling
- Florence Hunt as Hyacinth Bridgerton, the eighth and youngest Bridgerton sibling
Bridgerton season 2 will also bring back Nicola Coughlan as Penelope Featherington, the youngest Featherington daughter who is secretly Lady Whistledown. Her identity is revealed in the season 1 finale.
(And we'll also continue to hear Julie Andrews as Lady Whistledown's voice).
The show will feature Penelope's family: Polly Walker as Portia, Baroness Featherington; Bessie Carter as Prudence Featherington, the eldest Featherington daughter; and Harriet Cains as Philippa Featherington, the middle Featherington daughter.
It's possible we'll also see Ruby Barker as Marina Thompson, the Featheringtons' cousin. A pregnant Marina left London after agreeing to marry her dead lover's brother, Sir Phillip Crane (Chris Fulton).
Other Bridgerton season 2 cast members may include:
- Golda Rosheuvel as Queen Charlotte
- Sabrina Bartlett as Siena Rosso, an opera singer and Anthony's former lover
- Julian Ovenden as Sir Henry Granville, an artist who befriends Benedict
- Geraldine Alexander as Mrs. Wilson, the Bridgerton housekeeper
- Lorraine Ashbourne as Mrs. Varley, the Featheringtons' housekeeper
- Kathryn Drysdale as Genevieve Delacroix, a popular modiste
- James Fleet as King George III
Bridgerton season 2 new cast members
As for new faces, Bridgerton season 2 has already cast several crucial roles: Simone Ashley is Kate Sharma, who is Anthony's love interest. Charithra Chandran is Edwina Sharma, Kate's younger sister and a debutante who becomes the next Incomparable.
The sisters originally had the last name Sheffield in the books, but have been re-conceived as being of Indian descent, in keeping with the show's diverse cast.
Other new cast members include:
Shelley Conn as Mary Sharma, Kate's mother.
Rupert Young as Jack, in a major role that's not in the books. His character has connection to one of London's most notable families and a Bridgerton mystery.
Calam Lynch will play Theo Sharpe described as "a hardworking printer's assistant. But he's not just a working class man, he's also an intellectual who fights for the rights for all."
Bridgerton season 2 spoilers and book story
Spoiler warning: The following contains detailed information about Julia Quinn's novel The Viscount Who Loved Me.
While Bridgerton the series hasn't exactly followed Quinn's novels to the letter, season 1 did closely track the plot of her first Bridgerton book, The Duke and I.
Some storylines were shifted from later books, like Marina's pregnancy and the reveal of Lady Whistledown's identity.
If the main plot of Bridgerton season 2 adheres to The Viscount Who Loved Me, it'll be all about Anthony Bridgerton. He decides to find a bride and settles on Edwina, a beautiful debutante who is deemed the season's new Incomparable. But to win her hand, he has to win over Edwina's older stepsister, Kate.
Unfortunately, the smart and sassy Kate hates Anthony at first (very Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy). So, how do they get together?
First, you need to know that Anthony's father, the previous viscount, died of an allergic reaction to a bee sting. So, Anthony is terrified of bees. The Bridgerton season 1 finale episode ended with a shot of a bee buzzing around the window.
When Kate is stung by a bee on her chest, Anthony sucks out the venom — which totally compromises her. He does the right thing and proposes marriage. But just like Daphne and Simon, the new couple finds life after the wedding a bit rocky. It'll take some time for them to achieve their happily ever after.
As for other potential Bridgerton season 2 plots, we expect to see Eloise continue her quest to unmask Lady Whistledown (without knowing it's her best friend, Penelope). Meanwhile, the Featheringtons are on shaky ground now that the Baron has died and there's a new, unknown heir.
Bridgerton season 2 may also set up a third installment, which would likely focus on Benedict, so we may see the second eldest sibling continue to explore his artistic side.
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