Bridgerton, the Netflix period piece based on Julia Quinn’s enormously popular novels, premiered on December 25. The eight-episode first season follows the London-based Bridgerton family during a swirling social season as eldest daughter Daphne (played by Phoebe Dynevor) makes her society debut, falls into a peculiar relationship with a duke—and later a prince—deals with the emergence of a seemingly omnipotent gossip columnists, and maneuvers the slings and arrows of Regency-era high society.
It’s a layered, delicious story made possible by a strong ensemble cast—what with the drama spreading out across multiple families, age groups, and possible romantic partners—featuring Julie Andrews, Regé-Jean Page, Freddie Stroma, Golda Rosheuvel, and many more. But will these be the only eight episodes we ever see?
Here's what we know about a potential season two.
Nothing’s been announced yet
There’s no official word yet on a second season of Bridgerton, but that’s not a reason to lose hope. The series is the first at Netflix for producer Shonda Rhimes (who signed a reported $150 million deal with the streamer in 2017), and many of her best-known shows—like Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder—have run for multiple seasons. One possible hint? Series star Nicola Coughlan posted an Instagram photo from the season-one wrap party with the caption “High five if you finished filming #Bridgerton Series One”—leading fans to wonder if that means season two is imminent.
Meanwhile, creator and showrunner Chris Van Dusen told Cosmopolitan UK that "of course" he'd love to make another series.
"Obviously we're just focused on the first season right now. 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."
There are plenty of books for inspiration
The first season of the series focuses on the coming out season of Daphne Bridgerton and her relationship with the Duke, Simon Basset—but that's only part of the story. The bestselling Bridgerton novels, written by Julia Quinn, go on to explore the lives of all eight Bridgerton children, meaning there's plenty more source material for a second (and third, and fourth…) season.
Van Dusen told Town & Country: "Part of the great thing is that these books create such a massive world, and it's full of rich characters. The way that we cast the show and the stories we're telling allow us to tell such an array of stories I'm really excited about."
What will Bridgerton's season 2 be about?
The first season followed Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor), the eldest daughter of the powerful Bridgerton family and her relationship with Simon Basset. The second novel in Quinn's series is The Viscount Who Loved Me, which centres on London's most elusive bachelor Anthony Bridgerton and his relationship with a woman named Edwina. But Edwina's protective older sister Kate Sheffield soon steps in to try and to stop the betrothal, before matters become really complicated. Lady Whistledown will be providing the gossip once more with her mischievous Society Papers.
The stars and creators are interested
Phoebe Dynevor, who plays Daphne Bridgerton, said: "I love that [Daphne’s] story ends really nicely; it's all tied up at the end. Now, I have a feeling that she's going to have to get involved with Anthony's love life, since it's his turn next. I'm a hopeless romantic, so I'm all for the happily-ever-after ending."
Bridgerton is available to stream on Netflix now.
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