At the bitter end of an abysmal year, Netflix’s frothy, flirtatious Bridgerton arrived on Christmas Day like manna from heaven, sliding into our queues right when we needed it most. The Shondaland series skyrocketed to instant popularity, trending on Twitter and vaulting into Netflix’s coveted most-watched spot within just two days of its debut. Based on a series of globally bestselling historical romance novels by Julia Quinn, Bridgerton centers on Daphne Bridgerton, the sheltered but spirited eldest daughter of a powerful Regency-era family, whose tumultuous journey through the cutthroat London marriage market sends her into the arms of an improbable love match. Less than a month after the show's debut, Netflix gave fans what they had been clamoring for and officially renewed Bridgerton for a Season Two. And one key detail in the season one finale suggests what romance could be in store for the people of the ton.
Has Bridgerton Been Renewed For a Season Two?
Breaking news from Lady Whistledown: the Bridgertons will return for a second season. Less than a month after the smash hit's streaming debut, Netflix announced plans for Season Two in the form of one of "Lady Whistledown's society papers," wherein Lady Whistledown writes: "The ton are abuzz with the latest gossip, and so it is my honor 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."
We know what you'll ask next: when will Season Two start filming? Luckily, Lady Whistledown is dropping hints about when production will resume. In the letter, she continues: "The incomparable cast of Bridgerton will return to production in the Spring of 2021. 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."
But don't get too excited—the letter concludes, "However, gentle reader, before you set the comments section alight with requests for more sordid details, know that I am disinclined to report on the particulars at this time. Patience, after all, is a virtue."
Lady Whistledown's letter confirms the details of a production listing from Production Weekly, which showed that Bridgerton is set to begin filming in Uxbridge, England in March 2021. As the coronavirus pandemic continues to disrupt film and television production, it’s entirely possible that Netflix’s best-laid filming plans will go awry, but with a concrete production date on the books, we can hope that a second season will arrive soon.
The cast is fully on board to return, with stars Phoebe Dynevor (who plays Daphne Bridgerton) and Regé-Jean Page (who plays Simon Basset) confirming that they’re eager to reprise their roles. In an interview with Esquire, creator and showrunner Chris Van Dusen spoke about how eager he is to continue exploring the Bridgerton story.
"Obviously we're focused on Daphne and Simon's story in Season One, but we do know there are eight Bridgerton books and eight Bridgerton siblings," Van Dusen said. "In success, I would love to be able to explore stories and romances for all of them."
What Would Season Two Be About?
Lucky for fans of the television series, Quinn’s novels offer an insightful blueprint for where Netflix’s Bridgerton might head next. The first season loosely follows the events of The Duke and I, the first novel in the Bridgerton series, suggesting that a second season would likely adapt the second novel, The Viscount Who Loved Me. Each of the eight novels focuses on the life and romance of a different Bridgerton child, all eight of whom are helpfully named in alphabetical order. With a cast of characters this large and a canon of source material so expansive, Netflix could continue adapting Bridgerton for decades.
The Viscount Who Loved Me shifts the focus to Anthony, the eldest of the eight Bridgerton children. When last we see Anthony in the season one finale, fresh off the heartbreaking conclusion of his on-again, off-again romance with opera singer Siena, he declares his intentions to find a viscountess, informing Simon and Daphne of his commitment to marrying for duty rather than love. “I’ve finally determined the difficulty: love itself,” Anthony says. “Removing it from all romantic relations shall make me all the better for it. No more distractions from responsibility or being waylaid from the sensible path.”
It will come as no surprise to lovers of the romance genre that life has other plans for Anthony. In The Viscount Who Loved Me, elusive bachelor Anthony becomes affianced to a sensible match, but soon falls for his intended’s protective elder sister. The rest is history, but for eagle-eyed viewers, Anthony’s long and winding path to true love is foreshadowed in the final frame of the season one finale. Lady Whistledown's letter, in which she mentions that "Lord Anthony Bridgerton intends to dominate the social season," all but confirms that Season Two will depict the events of The Viscount Who Loved Me.
What’s the Deal With That Bee?
In the final seconds of the season one finale, the camera panned to a single bee buzzing on the windowsill of Daphne and Simon’s bedroom. Fans of Quinn’s novels surely recognized the bee as a powerful motif, particularly in The Viscount Who Loved Me, where the prologue reveals that the patriarch of the Bridgerton family, Edmund Bridgerton, was killed at age 38 by a fatal bee sting. Anthony, who was eighteen at the time of his father’s death, developed a powerful phobia of bees as a result, and remains convinced that he too will die young. We won’t spoil the twists and turns of The Viscount Who Loved Me for you, but rest assured that bees are instrumental in bringing Anthony together with his one true love. While the shot may seem innocuous, the masterminds behind Bridgerton couldn’t have sent a more powerful easter egg when it comes to a second season.
Watch this space for updates as we continue to learn more—if Lady Whistledown delivers any more scoop, we’ll make sure you’re among the first to hear about it.
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