Ask anyone for Netflix recommendations these days, and Bridgerton is most likely at the top of their list.
The first season of the period drama series, produced by Grey's Anatomy's Shonda Rhimes, follows the scandal-filled story of Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor) and Simon Basset (Regé-Jean Page) as they create a romantic scheme to please their marriage-minded family members, London high society, and the mysterious gossip columnist Lady Whistledown (voiced by Julie Andrews).
Since the series is based on best-selling romance author Julia Quinn's eight-novel Bridgerton collection, fans of the books already know what will likely happen to the Featheringtons and Bridgertons if/when the show returns for a second season. But for those who haven't yet indulged in the books, or are simply anxious to see what Shonda does with the next installment, keep on scrolling to get more details about (a possible) season 2.
When will season 2 of Bridgerton come out on Netflix?
First thing's first: Netflix hasn't yet *officially* renewed Bridgerton for a second season, though it's likely only a matter of time before an announcement is made. The show's immediate popularity aside, according to WhatsonNetflix.com, Bridgerton's production schedule, which was found on Production Weekly, indicated that the second season was actually set to begin filming in Uxbridge, England in July of 2020. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, however, production reportedly had to be pushed back until March 2021.
All of that in mind, it's possible that fans may have to wait until 2022 to see what happens next. At this point though, that's just an estimate. We'll share more details as they become available in the month to come.
Who will be in the Bridgerton season 2 cast?
Of course, Bridgerton season 1 characters Daphne and Simon aren't going anywhere, which means Phoebe Dynevor and Regé-Jean Page will be back for season 2 (again, assuming a second season happens). Unless we're told otherwise in the near future, the below actors are also expected to return in some capacity:
Nicola Coughlan as Penelope Featherington
Jonathan Bailey as Anthony Bridgerton
Luke Newton as Colin Bridgerton
Claudia Jessie as Eloise Bridgerton
Luke Thompson as Benedict Bridgerton
Ruth Gemmell as Lady Violet Bridgerton
Polly Walker as Lady Portia Featherington
Adjoa Andoh as Lady Danbury
Golda Rosheuvel as Queen Charlotte
Ruby Barker as Marina Thompson
Jessica Madsen as Cressida Cowper
Though Bridgerton already has a sizable cast, it's likely to get even bigger. "I think there are a lot of good stories to be told in this world," Regé-Jean told OprahMag.com about a possible season 2. "There’s a plethora of characters and each of those characters has cousins, uncles, and dogs, and I think people enjoy exploring all of those depths and nooks and crannies."
Are there any season 2 spoilers?
If you're a Julia Quinn novel enthusiast, then you likely picked up on the significance of the tiny bee at the very end of the season 2 finale. In Julia's second book, The Viscount Who Loved Me, Anthony becomes Viscount Bridgerton when his dad dies suddenly from a bee sting. Throughout the rest of the novel, bees become an important part of the story as Anthony's love interest, Kate Sheffield, gets stung by one later on in the book.
Assuming the show continues to follow the novels (season 1 correlated to the events that unfold in Julia's first Bridgerton book, The Duke and I), there's a good chance season 2 will focus much more on Anthony's quest to finding the perfect match than it will on Simon and Daphne's life together.
Showrunner Chris Van Dusen pretty much confirmed this to be the case when speaking to Collider.com about the show's future. "I think we've done some work in season 1 to set up other characters. We really dig into Anthony's love story. We're really exploring Benedict as well, and Collin, and Eloise's relationship. I think it's a deep well of story for us to explore," he said.
In fact, it's Chris's hope that all eight romance novels – each focusing on a different character's journey to finding love — will get their own season on Netflix eventually.
How can I watch and stream Bridgerton season 2 episodes?
The entire first season of Bridgerton is available to stream exclusively on Netflix. A subscription to Netflix starts at $8.99 per month and is supported on several types of smart TVs, game consoles, set-top boxes, Blu-ray players, smartphones, tablets, PCs, and laptops.
What are all the Julia Quinn novels I can read while waiting for season 2 of Bridgerton?
If you simply cannot wait until 2022 to find out what may happen next (hey, we don't blame you), you can pass the time reading all eight of the Bridgerton books now in the below order:
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