Bridgerton season 2: Here's what happens next

6 April 2021, 21:23

By Sam Prance

Everything you need to know about Bridgerton season 2 including the release date, cast, trailer, plot and more.

Bridgerton is the moment. Ever since the hit drama came out, fans have been obsessed with it and desperate for season 2.

Bridgerton season 1 tells the story of Daphne Bridgerton and her romance with Simon, the Duke of Hastings. Despite a marriage proposal from Prince Frederick of Prussia, Daphne (Phoebe Dynevor) has her heart set on Simon (Regé-Jean Page). As the season progresses, their love is tested, all the while unknown columnist Lady Whistledown gossips about their romance.

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People already want to know what's next for them but fans may be disappointed to hear that season 2 will likely focus on a whole new set of characters. With that in mind, here's all the key Bridgerton season 2 information we know so far.

When is Bridgerton season 2 coming out?

Bridgerton season 2: Release date, cast, plot and trailer
Bridgerton season 2: Release date, cast, plot and trailer. Picture: Netflix

Will there be a Bridgerton season 2 on Netflix?

On Jan 21, Netflix announced that Bridgerton has been renewed for a second season. They tweeted: "DEAREST READERS, BREAKING NEWS... Bridgerton *will* return for a second season!" Bridgerton is one of their Top 5 most popular original programmes to date. Whats on Netflix has also reported that production on season 2 is due to start in March.

As for a release date, Netflix usually operate on yearly cycles. So season 2 could come out as soon as December 2021. As with all shows right now though, it all depends on how much the coronavirus pandemic has delayed production. In other words, we may have to wait until 2022 to return to Bridgerton.

What will happen in Bridgerton season 2?

Fans of Bridgerton will likely already know that the series is based on the Bridgerton books by Julia Quinn. Season 1 takes direct inspiration from the first book 'The Duke & I' and the main characters are Daphne and Simon. However, each book in the series focuses on a different character and the second, The Viscount Who Loved Me, is all about Anthony Bridgerton.

Taking this into consideration, it seems likely that season 2 will be all about The Viscount and a new character called Kate Sheffield. Discussing season 2, showrunner Chris Van Dusen told Collider: "I think we've done some work in season 1 to set up other characters. We really dig into Anthony's love story. I think it's a deep well of story for us to explore."

He also teased that he hopes all eight Bridgerton books get their own Netflix season.

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Who will be in the Bridgerton season 2 cast?

Despite the change of focus in season 2, fans need not worry about any of their favourite characters disappearing... well, except one, but more on that in a minute.

Expect to see Penelope (Nicola Coughlan), Anthony (Jonathan Bailey), Colin (Luke Newton), Eloise (Claudia Jessie) and Benedict (Luke Thompson) all return.

We also imagine that all of the iconic parents and aunts will come back, which means that Dowager Violet (Ruth Gemell), Lady Portia (Polly Walker), Lady Danbury (Adjoa Andoh) and Queen Charlotte (Golda Rosheuvel) will all get more screen time.

Daphne (Phoebe Dynevor) will also return but don't expect her character to be as prominent as she was in season 1. And now for the bad news? Regé-Jean Page will not be returning as Simon Basset, the Duke of Hastings.

A statement posted by the Bridgerton social media accounts said: “Dear Readers, while all eyes turn to Lord Anthony Bridgerton’s quest to find a Viscountess, we bid adieu to Regé-Jean Page, who so triumphantly played the Duke of Hastings."

"We’ll miss Simon’s presence onscreen, but he will always be a part of the Bridgerton family. Daphne will remain a devoted wife and sister, helping her brother navigate the upcoming social season and what it has to offer – more intrigue and romance than my readers may be able to bear.”

Bridgerton season 2 new characters: Who is joining the cast?

As expected, there'll be a whole bunch of new characters to fall in love with in season 2. The first of which will be the iconic Kate Sharma (named Kate Sheffield in the original book series) who will be played by Sex Education's Simone Ashley.

Charithra Chandran, Shelley Conn, Calam Lynch, and Rupert Young will also be joining the cast.

Charithra Chandran will play Kate's little sister Edwina Sharma, with Shelley Conn playing their mother Lady Mary Sharma.

Calam Lynch will play Theo Sharpe, a hardworking, intellectual printer’s assistant. Rupert Young will play Jack, the newest member of the ton with a connection to one of its most notable families.

Is there a Bridgerton season 2 trailer?

There isn't a Bridgerton season 2 trailer just yet but we shall update you as soon as there is one.

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