This is why Bridgerton season 2 will be less steamy than the first

Bridgerton was easily one of the biggest hit shows of 2021, and it helped us get through lockdown a treat. Whether viewers watched for the riveting plot lines, beautiful interiors and costumes or simply the Duke himself, series one was a hit.

But what can we expect from Bridgerton season 2? Here’s what we know so far…

What will the storyline be about?

We’ve been given a sneak peek at the main relationship of Bridgerton Series 2 – that of Viscount Anthony Bridgerton (played by Jonathan Bailey) and lead heroine Kate Sharma (Simone Ashley). It shows the pair sparring in a garden after Anthony has been proclaiming his ‘many requirements for a wife for the whole party to hear’.

Kate tells the Viscount that ‘your opinion of yourself is entirely too high’ and ‘Your character is as insufficient as your horsemanship.’ Ouch.

The second Bridgerton series is based on Julia Quinn’s second novel, The Viscount Who Loved Me, and centres on Anthony Bridgerton, as well as new lead heroine Kate Sharma and her sister Edwina.

Lady Whistledown confirmed in her announcement speech that, ‘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.’

In an interview with Entertainment Weeklythe Bridgerton stars revealed some exciting insights into the upcoming series. First of all, there’s going to be a love triangle that forms when Anthony finds himself interested in two sisters from the same family – eek.

‘You can understand why he’s drawn to both,’ Jonathan Bailey says of sisters Edwina and Kate Sharma. ‘And they’re both drawn to him in turn. It’s an interesting love triangle; it’s dangerous when it’s siblings. It’s bestial between them in a way season 1 wasn’t. They’re all animals with each other.’

‘The main theme of season 2 is head versus heart,’ said Chris Van Dusen. ‘It’s true for Anthony and Kate, and it’s also true for Penelope. Her heart is with Lady Whistledown, but even she has to wonder if being London’s most notorious gossip writer is the wisest thing.’

With the first season notoriously steamy, Chris hinted that this second season will feature less sex scenes than the first. ‘It was never about quantity [of sex] for us, and our approach to intimacy in the show is the same as season 1… we use intimate scenes to tell a story and to push the story forward.’

He added: ‘We’ve never done a sex scene for the sake of it and I don’t think we ever will. It all serves as a larger purpose and it’s a different story this season, we’re with different characters Anthony and Kate for most of the season… and that’s very different from Daphne and Simon’s story… It’s a different story and that’s a draw for me with this project, the ability to tell these close-ended love stories season after season.’

That said, it sounds like season two will still sizzle with just as much sexual tension as before. ‘The chemistry is off the charts, there’s so much sexiness in their looks across the room and the hands grazing and their fingers almost touching and you can really feel that build from episode to episode scene to scene really, and you know when we get there the climax… the payoff will be well worth it.’

Simone Ashley added that, ‘None of the sex scenes or intimate scenes are performative, they have meaning behind them and they’re very earned when the fireworks happen.’

While Jonathan Bailey noted that, ‘it’s a very interesting and cerebral way of exploring that innate sexuality.’

Season 2 will also see friends Penelope and Eloise face problems, as Eloise makes her debut on the marriage market.

With that in mind, we’re sure the storyline will be as juicy and gripping as ever!

When will Bridgerton season 2 be released? 

The second series was announced in true Bridgerton style, by none other than Lady Whistledown herself. ‘The ton are abuzz with the latest gossip, and so it is my honour to impart to you: Bridgerton shall officially return for a second season. I do hope you have stored a bottle of ratafia for this most delightful occasion,’ she told us.

The release date was revealed on Christmas Day – the perfect gift! The second season of Bridgerton will be on Netflix from 25 March 2022.

Speaking on Jimmy Fallon’s The Tonight Show in June, Phoebe Dynevor (aka Daphne), confirmed filming had started on Bridgerton season 2.

‘I’ve had three days on set. It’s so nice to be back. It’s such a nice feeling. Oh, it’s the best,’ she said.

‘I cried like seven times when I came back… So much had happened, you know, since the first season. Obviously Covid and the show coming out and just seeing everyone again – I mean, half their faces, for the most part,’ Phoebe continued, referring to people’s faces being covered by face masks.

Bridgerton‘s creator and executive producer Chris Van Dusen confirmed filming on the second series officially wrapped the previous month, in November.

He shared a snap of himself alongside Jonathan Bailey and Simone Ashley, writing: ‘And that’s an official wrap on Season Two! I am so proud of this cast and crew who all brought their A-games to work each and every day in this very challenging year. I cannot wait for the world to see what we have in store for them. And these two in this photo with me right here. Words are not enough. We’ll be coming in 2022.’

We’ve also been treated to the news that Bridgerton has already been confirmed for a season 3 and 4 too, so we’ve plenty of scandal, gossip and drama to look forward to.

Who will star in Bridgerton season 2?

The leading lady is a new member of the cast, Sex Education actress Simone Ashley. Simone will take on the role of Kate Sharma, who is new to the Bridgerton stories and arrives in book two.

Jonathan Bailey will also be back, as he plays Anthony Bridgerton. Anthony is at the centre of the second story, meaning he will take even more of a prominent role this time around.

As far as who else we can expect to see again, we can look forward to seeing Phoebe Dynevor back on our screens as Daphne, however Regé-Jean Page has confirmed he will not be returning to the show. He told Variety that his one-season appearance was always planned: ‘It’s a one-season arc. It’s going to have a beginning, middle, end,’ he explained, before continuing: ‘[I thought] “That’s interesting,” because then it felt like a limited series. I get to come in, I get to contribute my bit and then the Bridgerton family rolls on.’

Naturally, fans have reacted strongly to this news, much to the surprise of executive producer Shonda Rhimes. ‘I was really shocked, because usually that happens when I’ve killed off somebody that’s been around for a while. Like, we didn’t kill him, he’s still alive!’ she told Vanity Fair.

‘[Regé-Jean] is a powerful, amazing actor and that meant we did our job—every season, our job is finding the right people and putting together this incredible, world-shifting romance. I don’t know that I expected this much of an explosion, given that every book [in the Bridgerton series] is a different romance… We gave them their happily ever after! And now we have this next couple coming.’

However, in an interview with British GQ, Regé teased that he could potentially make a cameo in season 2. When asked about the possibility of a guest appearance, he replied: ‘You know I couldn’t tell you!… Isn’t there something wonderful about being surprised by what you weren’t suspecting?’

No, Regé. We need to know!

What we do know is that we can expect a return of Julie Andrews as our narrator Lady Whistledown, as well as hopefully other favourites such as Nicola Coughlan and Golda Rosheuvel.

Nicola Coughlan, aka Penelope Featherington, aka Lady Whistledown, was talking about the upcoming season of Bridgerton in an interview with ET on 15 September, and revealed her character is going to be even more exciting this time.

‘It’s got a whole lot spicier I will say,’ Nicola said. ‘I feel like the Bridgerton world has grown and you’re going to see a lot more sides to her. She’s a sassy chick.’

Then, speaking at a Netflix event, Nicola said: ‘How do I say this without being a spoiler? It’s very satisfying, what happens with Penelope, in season two.’

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