(Warning: Spoilers ahead for “Bridgerton” Season 1 through its finale.)
Netflix’s “Bridgerton” has been a hit for the streaming service since the Shonda Rhimes-produced romance series debuted on Christmas Day. And following the Jan. 21 announcement that the show has been renewed for Season 2, TheWrap thought we’d give all of you adoring “Bridgerton” viewers the scoop on what the new batch of episodes will be about.
What you probably know by now is that the first season of “Bridgerton” was adapted by series creator Chris Van Dusen from author Julia Quinn’s novel, “The Duke and I,” which follows the love story of Daphne Bridgerton (played by Phoebe Dynevor on the series) and Simon Basset a.k.a. the Duke of Hastings (Regé-Jean Page). But what you might not know is that book is the first in a series of eight, each one devoted to a different Bridgerton sibling.
So while “Bridgerton” Season 1 focuses heavily on Daphne and Simon’s romance — and their happy ending — Van Dusen told TheWrap in December that he would, ultimately, like to explore the stories of all the Bridgerton brothers and sisters.
And it turns out that is what the show will be doing in its second season, which goes into production this spring and focuses on the love life of Daphne’s brother, Anthony, the eldest Bridgerton sibling, who is played by Jonathan Bailey on “Bridgerton.”
This means Van Dusen and Rhimes are keeping in step with the order of Quinn’s “Bridgerton” novels, as Book 2, “The Viscount Who Loved Me,” is all about Anthony.
Here’s the description for “The Viscount Who Loved Me,” from Quinn’s “Bridgerton Collection Volume 1”:
“The season has opened for the year of 1814, and there is little reason to hope that we will see any noticeable change from 1813. The ranks of society are once again filled with Ambitious Mamas, whose only aim is to see their Darling Daughters married off to Determined Bachelors. Discussion amongst the Mamas fingers Lord Bridgerton as this year’s most eligible catch, and indeed, if the poor man’s hair looks ruffled and windblown, it is because he cannot go anywhere without some young miss batting her eyelashes with such vigor and speed as to create a breeze of hurricane force. Perhaps the only young lady not interested in Lord Bridgerton is Miss Katherine Sheffield, and in fact, her demeanor toward the viscount occasionally borders on the hostile. And that is why, Dear Reader, This Author feels a match between Anthony Bridgerton and Miss Sheffield would be just the thing to enliven an otherwise ordinary season. – Lady Whistledown’s Society Papers, 13 April 1814”
On Monday, Netflix revealed that “Sex Education” alum Simone Ashley will star alongside Bailey in Season 2 of “Bridgerton,” playing Kate Sharma, the main love interest for Anthony. Per Netflix, Kate is described as “a smart, headstrong young woman who suffers no fools-Anthony Bridgerton very much included.” As you can see, the character’s name has been changed from Kate Sheffield in the book to Kate Sharma, as the “Bridgerton” creative team previously decided her family would be of Indian descent and changed her surname.
In case you were wondering, here is the chronological breakdown for Quinn’s “Bridgerton” novels:
Anthony – Book 2, “The Viscount Who Loved Me”
Benedict – Book 3, “An Offer From a Gentleman”
Colin – Book 4, “Romancing Mister Bridgerton”
Daphne – Book 1, “The Duke and I”
Eloise – Book 5, “To Sir Phillip, With Love”
Francesca – Book 6, “When He Was Wicked”
Gregory – Book 8, “On the Way to the Wedding”
Hyacinth – Book 7, “It’s in His Kiss”
If TheWrap’s dear readers would like to find out more about what Van Dusen is planning for Season 2 — and beyond — they can head over here.