The period drama series is officially renewed for season 2! Here's all you need to know.
This article was recently reviewed and is up to date as of April 5, 2021.
'Bridgerton' has taken the world by storm since its arrival on Christmas day.
The period drama series based on Julia Quinn's novels, created by Chris Van Dusen and produced by Shonda Rhimes, is highly praised for its elaborate costumes, sumptuous designs, and sterling cast.
So what is next for this dashing series? Here is what we know.
It's official! 'Bridgerton' is finally renewed for season 2!
The announcement came just hours prior to this writing and was shared through Shondaland's official Instagram.
The announcement, which looks like one of Lady Whistledown’s society papers, reads: “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.”
Before the announcement, we were already confident about the renewal for the breakout show.
A few days before the renewal, Netflix had teased exciting news for 'Bridgerton' fans as the drama series closed in on renewal, Deadline reported.
Netflix is often very secretive when it comes to viewership records (except for well-performing titles), but the streaming giant revealed Bridgerton's impressive numbers.
'Bridgerton' premiered on December 25 and has since been watched by 3M households across its first 28 days – making it the streamer’s fifth-biggest original series launch.
The impressive record only meant one thing: the renewal was just around the corner.
Netflix is yet to give us a return date for the series.
'Bridgerton' Season 1 wrapped up filming in February 2020, then released on Christmas Day of the same year.
If production reports for season 2 are right, then it looks like the team will have to squeeze in the filming and post-production in a short time if they want to release season 2 on Christmas again this year. Unfortunately, this won't be so easy, especially with the current situation.
Lead star Phoebe Dynevor has expressed that she is worried that the pandemic will affect the production for season 2.
Talking about the COVID-19 pandemic and the United Kingdom's strict lockdown measures, Dynevor told Deadline:
"I can’t imagine how it would be possible to film under these circumstances... There are so many extras and so many crew members, and it’s a very intimate show. It just baffles me how we would film it under COVID rules unless there was a vaccine beforehand."
Update as of March 18, 2021: We can finally confirm that filming for season 2 has finally begun. The cast reunited in London in March 2021 to begin production for season 2.
Season 1 ending is a reference to the beginning of Quinn's second novel in the series.
At the end of Episode 8, Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor) and her husband Simon, the Duke of Hastings (Regé-Jean Page), welcomed a child. A bee appears in their window, just before the credits rolled.
Readers of the novels know that the scene served as approval from the Bridgerton patriarch, Edmund. He died of an allergic reaction from a bee sting and left behind his wife Violet and their children.
The story of Edmund's death is revealed in the prologue of Quinn's second novel, 'The Viscount Who Loved Me.'
The first season loosely focused on the events of the first book, 'The Duke and I,' while the second season is likely taking inspiration from the next book.
The second book focuses on the eldest child, Anthony, which means that the second series may shift focus on a new family member, Esquire reported.
Dynevor also wanted to shine the spotlight on the next character too.
I think if we're sticking to the books, it's sort of Anthony's turn now," Dynevor told BAZAAR.com, adding: "I'd like to see what happens next. And also, I'd like to see Daphne get involved in Anthony's love life since he was so involved in hers,"
Speaking about the succeeding seasons, Showrunner Chris Van Dusen also expressed his plans for the series, which involves chronicling the lives of the rest of the Bridgerton siblings.
"The first season was about Daphne, and it followed her relationship, her love story with Simon. And the Bridgerton books — there are eight books, they are about eight siblings. And in success, I would love to be able to explore stories and romances for every Bridgerton sibling. Of course, I would love to be able to do that," Van Dusen told The Wrap.
Season 1 finale episode revealed the mind-boggling secret behind the identity of the gossip columnist Lady Whistledown.
It turns out that young Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan) is behind the scandal sheets.
Speaking about how her character could move forward following the reveal, Coughlan told BAZAAR:
"One of the big things that I am really looking forward to is that, logically, Eloise (Bridgerton, Penelope's best friend) would be entering into society... and I'm really excited, both in real life and in the story, to have a friend at the balls. Just to let Penelope have a bit more fun because I feel like she doesn't get to."
On April 3, 2021, we received the sad news that Regé-Jean Page isn't coming back as the dashing Duke of Hastings for 'Bridgerton' season 2.
Lady Whistledown's gossip paper brought the heartbreaking news to us through the show's official Twitter page.
"While all eyes turn to Lord Anthony Bridgerton's (Jonathan Bailey) quest to find a Viscountess, we bid adieu to Regé-Jean Page, who so triumphantly played the Duke of Hastings."
Your Grace, it has been a pleasure. 💜🐝 pic.twitter.com/kX1nIG8pz7— Bridgerton (@bridgerton) April 2, 2021
The actor also bade his farewell to his fans in an emotional Instagram post.
The lives of the characters in the series are interconnected, so the following main cast members are still likely to return for the second season.
They are Adjoa Andoh as Lady Danbury, Jonathan Bailey as Anthony, Phoebe Dynevor as Daphne Bridgerton, Ruby Barker as Marina Thompson, Sabrina Bartlett as Siena Rosso, Harriet Cains as Philippa Featherington, Bessie Carter as Prudence Featherington, Nicola Coughlan as Penelope Featherington, and Ruth Gemmell as Violet.
Joining them are Florence Hunt as Hyacinth Bridgerton, Claudia Jessie as Eloise Bridgerton, Ben Miller as Archibald, Luke Newton as Colin Bridgerton, Golda Rosheuvel as Queen Charlotte, Luke Thompson as Benedict Bridgerton, Will Tilston as Gregory Bridgerton, Polly Walker as Portia, Baroness Featherington, and Julie Andrews as the voice of Lady Whistledown.
Now that the show is officially confirmed to return for season 2, the team will have to go through production first before we could get our official trailer for season 2. So while waiting, enjoy the 'Bridgerton' season 1 trailer in the meantime.