Bridgerton was undoubtedly one of the biggest shows of 2020 (and so far, of 2021). From the dreamy costumes, insanely good-looking cast and all of those sassy one-liners, the Shonda Rhimes Netflix series proved to be the binge-worthy show we all needed—it hit 63 million households within just 28 days of its debut on the platform, making the show the fifth largest Netflix Originals series launch ever.
For those of you who haven’t yet devoured this historical romance-drama (how?), the plot goes like this: Daphne Bridgerton, the eldest daughter of the powerful Bridgerton family, hopes to follow in her parent’s footsteps and find a match sparked by true love, as she makes her debut onto Regency London’s competitive marriage market. At first, Daphne’s prospects initially seem to be unrivaled but as her older brother begins to rule out her potential suitors, the high society scandal sheet written by the mysterious Lady Whistledown casts aspersions on Daphne. Enter the highly desirable and rebellious Duke of Hastings (played by the dreamy Regé-Jean Page), committed bachelor and the catch of the season for the debutantes’ mamas. 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.
The end of season one (warning: spoiler alert) saw Daphne and Simon AKA the Duke Of Hastings in wedded bliss, welcoming their first child together. Among other big revelations, like oldest brother Anthony deciding to finally take a wife and Marina marrying her baby daddy’s brother, we learnt the true identity of Lady Whistledown…
But that only left us with so many more questions and of course we’re lowkey hungry for more Daphne and Simon scenes.
While Netflix hasn’t “officially” confirmed season two of Bridgerton it’s pretty much a done deal. In December 2020, creator and series showrunner Chris Van Dusen told Cosmopolitan he is absolutely keen on season two.
“Obviously we’re just focused on the first season right now,” he said at the time, “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. So in success, I would love to be able to explore love stories and romances for all the Bridgerton brothers and sisters, of course.”
That’s right, in case you didn’t know, Bridgerton is actually based on a series of novels by Julia Queen. The Shonda Rhimes-produced Bridgerton mirrors book one in the series called The Duke And I, which follows Daphne Bridgerton on her journey to find a husband. If Rhimes continues with the books series, the second season would look to the second novel, The Viscount Who Loved Me, which focuses on Daphne’s big brother Anthony and his quest for love.
Phoebe Dynevor (who plays Daphne Bridgerton) also strongly hinted at a second series, recently telling Harper’s Bazaar, “If we’re sticking to the books, it’s sort of Anthony’s turn now. 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.”
We second that opinion!
Now for the not so great news. According to reports, Netflix filmed Bridgerton season one over four months in late 2019, taking around a year to then hit our screens. It’s believed that filming for the second season was due to begin in mid 2020 on location in Uxbridge in the UK and run until mid 2021, but good old COVID has halted any production from starting. Which means we might not be blessed with a new season until 2022.
We know, it’s tear-inducing stuff. In the meantime, why not binge your way through these 20 historical dramas that are just like Bridgerton (sorry, Regé-Jean Page is not included). Or if you really want to immerse yourself, fill your shopping cart with regency-inspired fashion here.
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