Bridgerton season 2: Will there be another series of Netflix's hit period drama?

Naomi Gordon
·6-min read

From Harper's BAZAAR

Warning: contains spoilers for Bridgerton season one.

Netflix's Bridgerton has everything you could possibly want from a steamy period drama - duels at sunrise, heaving bosoms and bejewelled collarbones, unrequited love, swooning debutantes, and a feminist lead who refuses to marry for anything other than love...

But what makes it so uniquely original for a series set in the 18th century is its colour-blind casting, inclusion of the LGBTQ community, celebration of female pleasure, and classical versions of contemporary music - with orchestral covers of Ariana Grande and Billie Eilish.

Based on the first novel from a series of best-selling books from Julia Quinn - and the first scripted product of Shonda Rhimes' deal with Netflix from her production company, Shondaland - the drama follows Daphne Bridgerton as she makes her debut in the cutthroat marriage market.

Determined to marry for love, she is sidetracked by the elusive Duke of Hastings, who claims to have no interest in settling down or producing an heir.


Meanwhile, as the women accept they have no power or sway in a society controlled by men, they do wield some weight when it comes to spreading gossip, which can either ruin or enhance a reputation - hence the success of Lady Whistledown's gripping gossip column.

We finally found out the identity of the mysterious Whistledown in the show's finale - so will there be a second season and what will happen next?

Here's everything we know so far...

Has a second season been confirmed?

Sadly there has been no official confirmation from Netflix yet, but we'd be surprised if another series wasn't announced soon following its success; it continues to loom near the top of Netflix's top-10 most-watched rankings.

Netflix recently revealed that Bridgerton is projected "to court" more than 63 million households, which would make it the streaming platform's fifth biggest original series launched to date.

Production on season two was also seen in the listings on Production Weekly at the start of last year, with filming meant to commence in the summer - before the pandemic derailed plans. Hopefully this means that - despite filming restrictions implicated by coronavirus - a second season is still in the pipeline.

There's also a collection of eight novels in Julia Quinn's Bridgerton series - so there's plenty of material to use.

In fact, the show's creator Van Dusen previously revealed that he would love to adapt all eight books, telling Collider: "The first season was primarily about Daphne and her love story with Simon. But, this being a family of eight children and there being eight books, I would love to be able to focus and really tell stories and love stories for all the Bridgerton siblings. For each character, for sure. I would love that."

What would season two be about?

Season one was based on Quinn's first novel, The Duke and I, and the second book in the collection is The Viscount Who Loved Me, which follows "reformed rake" Anthony Bridgerton in his quest to find a wife. But, as always, an obstacle stands in his way in the form of his wife-to-be's older sister, Kate Sheffield. Described as "the most meddlesome woman ever to grace a London ballroom", Kate is determined to put a stop to the betrothal, but unwittingly then becomes the object of Anthony's desire.

Photo credit: Netflix
Photo credit: Netflix

Kate is determined to protect her sister - but she fears her own heart is vulnerable. Will she succumb to Anthony's charm and charisma?

Bridgerton season two cast

The story for Daphne (Phoebe Dynevor) and Simon Basset (Regé-Jean Page) came to a happy conclusion, so these two would no longer be the show's protagonists.

They would likely remain as supporting cast members, with Dynevor recently revealing that she'd like to play matchmaker to her brother Anthony.

"If the seasons are sticking to the books, then it's Anthony's turn to find love, so we're passing on the baton, in that respect," the actress told "I want to see Daphne get involved in Anthony's love life a bit, as he sort of meddled with hers quite a lot. I think that will be fun."


Regé-Jean Page also hinted that there could be more to explore for Simon and Daphne as their relationship evolves, telling TV Line: "I'm not sure I believe in paradise. I know that the romance genre generally does — part of the deal is that you get a happy ending. But as far as continuing to explore characters, I think that love is an evolving thing. It’s a living, breathing thing that needs tending, that needs looking after, that needs mending when it gets worn or torn.

"They get married very young. They still have a lot of growing to do. They have a lot to do, and I think it’ll always be fun to watch them do that together."

We'd also expect the return of the legendary Julie Andrews providing the narration for Lady Whistledown, and Jonathan Bailey back as Anthony Bridgerton, our would-be male lead.

We're hoping Claudia Jessie will bring back her feminist bookworm Eloise Bridgerton, and we'd love Luke Newton's Colin Bridgerton returning to fall in love with Nicola Coughlan's adorable Penelope Featherington.


We also saw another side to Coughlan's wily Penelope when she was unveiled as Lady Whistledown at the very end of the first season, unbeknownst to the other characters, so we can expect Penelope back to excite their lives with more juicy gossip.

On Coughlan's hopes for Penelope and Eloise in a possible second series, she added: "I’ve been speculating a lot about storylines and just trying to apply logic where I don't know if logic works. I don't know who's taking over the family estate and my dad, has he really been killed? Is Eloise going to figure out who Whistledown is? I know none of that stuff. I'm honestly just as curious as you. Hopefully, they’ll say yes [to season two]."

We're also hoping that Adjoa Andoh is back as the commanding Lady Danbury, and Golda Rosheuvel returns as the indomitable Queen Charlotte - as her backstory was hinted at in season one.

We expect Luke Thompson's Benedict be back to explore his sexuality and gift for art, but we know Ben Miller won't be returning as Lord Featherington after his untimely death at the end of the series. If he did indeed die, that is, and not fake his own death to avoid his mounting debts...

When would it air?

Due to the pandemic halting productions, we can probably expect filming to begin in the spring/summer 2021, and a second season to arrive on Netflix in 2022.

Bridgerton is available to stream on Netflix now.

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