Ready for More? Everything We Know About Season 2 of ‘Bridgerton’

Get ready for another promenade. Bridgerton became an instant hit after making its Netflix debut on Christmas Day — and fans aren’t the only ones who are craving more.

The series follows the Bridgerton family — played by Jonathan Bailey, Phoebe Dynevor, Claudia Jessie, Luke Newton, Luke Thompson, Florence Hunt, Will Tilston and Ruth Gemmell — as they attempt to find love in Regency-era high society. In season 1, eldest sister Daphne (Dynevor) and her relationship with London’s most eligible bachelor Simon Basset (Regé-Jean Page) pulled much of the story’s focus.

Before the period drama was officially renewed, rumors of a second season emerged when it was reported that production was slated to resume in England in March. After reaching more than 63 million households, Bridgerton is almost guaranteed to return for more. However, even the cast is in the dark about what might happen next.

“We all really hope [it will be renewed],” breakout star Nicola Coughlan (a.k.a. Penelope Featherington) told Variety in December 2020. “It’s a real joy to make and the response has been beyond our wildest dreams. But until the Netflix gods come down and bless us, we don’t know.”

Despite keeping the specifics top-secret, creator Chris Van Dusen has big ideas for continuing the show, which is based on Julia Quinn‘s popular YA book series. The author gave each Bridgerton family member their own chance to shine — and Van Dusen is hoping to do the same.

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Get ready for another promenade. Bridgerton became an instant hit after making its Netflix debut on Christmas Day — and fans aren’t the only ones who are craving more.

The series follows the Bridgerton family — played by Jonathan Bailey, Phoebe Dynevor, Claudia Jessie, Luke Newton, Luke Thompson, Florence Hunt, Will Tilston and Ruth Gemmell — as they attempt to find love in Regency-era high society. In season 1, eldest sister Daphne (Dynevor) and her relationship with London’s most eligible bachelor Simon Basset (Regé-Jean Page) pulled much of the story’s focus.

Before the period drama was officially renewed, rumors of a second season emerged when it was reported that production was slated to resume in England in March. After reaching more than 63 million households, Bridgerton is almost guaranteed to return for more. However, even the cast is in the dark about what might happen next.

“We all really hope [it will be renewed],” breakout star Nicola Coughlan (a.k.a. Penelope Featherington) told Variety in December 2020. “It’s a real joy to make and the response has been beyond our wildest dreams. But until the Netflix gods come down and bless us, we don’t know.”

Despite keeping the specifics top-secret, creator Chris Van Dusen has big ideas for continuing the show, which is based on Julia Quinn‘s popular YA book series. The author gave each Bridgerton family member their own chance to shine — and Van Dusen is hoping to do the same.

“Obviously we’re just focused on the first season right now. And while that focuses on the eldest Bridgerton daughter Daphne and her love affair with Simon, we know there are eight Bridgerton siblings [and] there are eight Bridgerton books,” Van Dusen told Cosmopolitan UK in December 2020. “So, in success I would love to be able to explore love stories and romances for all the Bridgerton brothers and sisters, of course.”

However, viewers haven’t seen the last of Daphne and Simon, who seemingly get their happily ever after in the final moments of season 1. Page previously hinted that things could still go south for the couple if they returned for new episodes.

“I think that love is an evolving thing,” the British heartthrob told TV Guide shortly after the show’s premiere. “It’s a living, breathing thing that needs tending, that needs looking after, that needs mending when it gets worn or torn. They get married very young. They still have a lot of growing to do. They have a lot to do, and I think it’ll always be fun to watch them do that together.”

It’s Official!
Netflix confirmed on January 21 that the steamy series will be back for a second season with Anthony Bridgerton (Bailey) at the center of attention. “The incomparable cast of Bridgerton will return to production in the Spring of 2021,” a statement from Lady Whistledown read. “This author has been reliably informed that Lord Anthony Bridgerton intends to dominate the social season. I will have my pen ready to report on any and all of his romantic activities.” The move echoes the timeline of Quinn’s books, the second of which is titled The Viscount Who Loved Me.

Focusing on the Siblings
One more season isn’t good enough for Van Dusen. While speaking with Collider after the show’s debut, the Bridgerton creator hinted that there could be up to eight additional seasons: one for each sibling. “I would love to be able to focus and really tell stories and love stories for all the Bridgerton siblings. For each character, for sure,” Van Dusen said. “I think we’ve done some work in season 1 to set up other characters [for more]. … I think it’s a deep well of story for us to explore.”

The Queen Has Spoken
Golda Rosheuvel, who commands the screen as Queen Charlotte, has her own ideas for the next batch of twists and turns. “If Chris Van Dusen comes to me and says, ‘Golda, what would you like to see in the second season if we have a second season?’ I would say, ‘The Queen and Eloise have to get together and form an alliance and find out who Whistledown is,'” the British actress told Insider in January. “I think it’s the intrigue of meeting her match. … I think there’s a lot of joy in that for Queen Charlotte because she loves a little bit of gossip.”

Anthony’s Turn
Fans of the novels might expect to see Anthony (Bailey) at the center of the next season. “I’d like to see Daphne get involved in Anthony’s love life, since he was so involved in hers,” Dynevor teased during a recent interview with Harper’s Bazaar. However, she still thinks Simon and Daphne have more to offer. “There’s no such thing as a happy ending, is there?” she added. “I think love’s always shifting and changing. So who knows? I’d like to see what happens next.”

Top Secret
According to Coughlan, the show’s creators are trying to ensure that their plans stay hush-hush. “They’re keeping everything super, super secretive so I don’t really know yet,” she said while speaking to TVLine in January. “Trust me, the cast, we’ve been speculating heavily. I text Claudia Jessie a lot and ask, ‘What do you think is happening?’ I’ve been speculating a lot about story lines and just trying to apply logic where I don’t know if logic works.”

Penelope’s In
Season 2 seems like the perfect chance for Penelope to step into the spotlight, Coughlan argued. “I’d love to go on that journey with her, to see how she’s changed,” the Derry Girls star said during a December 2020 interview with the U.K.’s Radio Times. “I’d really love to come back because I feel like we’ve just scratched the surface. And because there’s such a huge cast in this show, there’s so much more of all the characters. … There’s people I didn’t even get to act with.”

Are the Duke and Duchess Meant to Be?
Page previously hinted that the second season of the Netflix series might bring trouble in paradise for newlyweds Simon and Daphne, who already faced plenty of challenges on their path to romance. “I’m not sure I believe in paradise. I know that the romance genre generally does — part of the deal is that you get a happy ending,” Page told TV Guide in December 2020. “But as far as continuing to explore characters, I think that love is an evolving thing. … They get married very young. They still have a lot of growing to do. They have a lot to do, and I think it’ll always be fun to watch them do that together.”

More ‘Peneloise’ Moments
While the Bridgerton book series focuses more on the characters’ romantic lives, Coughlan is looking forward to seeing Penelope and Eloise’s friendship blossom in season 2. “Claudia Jessie is just the light of the world. She’s a properly wonderful person. … She’s a ray of sunshine,” the Irish actress told Variety in December 2020. “Penelope has a hard time with her family a lot of the time, but when she’s with Eloise, you see most of her true personality. I think she finds Eloise so entertaining and she says all the things Penelope is too frightened to say. I’m all up for more Peneloise.”

Source: usmagazine.com