But what can we expect from Bridgerton season 2? Here’s what we know so far…
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.
As for when the series will begin filming, she also gave us a hint: ‘the incomparable cast of Bridgerton will return to production in the spring of 2021.’
If filming goes ahead and without a hitch (which we are hopeful for, lockdown permitting), we could expect to get our new episodes at some time in 2022. It seems pretty safe to say that nothing will be arriving this year, sadly.
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 latest star to be announced as a new member of the cast is Sex Education actress Simone Ashley. Simone will take on the lead role of Kate Sheffield, who is new to the Bridgerton stories and arrives in book two.
As well as Sheffield, 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, which shocked 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.’
We can, however, thankfully expect a return of Julie Andrews as our narrator Lady Whistledown, as well as hopefully other favourites such as Nicola Coughlan and Golda Rosheuvel.
What will the storyline of Bridgerton season 2 be about?
As mentioned, it is thought that the second series will follow the second book in terms of plot. Eldest brother Anthony Bridgerton will therefore be at the centre of the show, as well as new lead heroine Kate Sheffield 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 The Viscount Who Loved Me, Anthony Bridgerton embarks upon a romance with Kate, despite being promised to marry Edwina. Sounds like a pretty explosive plot line to us!
It’s also been suggested that we will see more of Daphne as she meddles in her brother’s love life as he did hers, and we also need to discover what happened to the Featheringtons after the death of Ben Miller’s character. Here’s hoping best friends Penelope and Eloise will be back too for more brilliant one-liners, and as for the confirmation of who Lady Whistledown actually is… we can only hope!