Will 'Bridgerton' Get Another Scandalous Season on Netflix?

Erica Gonzales
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Photo credit: LIAM DANIEL/NETFLIX
Photo credit: LIAM DANIEL/NETFLIX

From Harper's BAZAAR

Minor spoilers for Bridgerton ahead.

Bridgerton made an explosive debut on Netflix, arriving in the middle of a quieter holiday season spent indoors and at home. With the masses in quarantine, Shonda Rhimes's adaptation of Julia Quinn's popular book series became an instant hit, stirring discussions on timelines and sparking devoted crushes (hello, Duke of Hastings). With a colorful setting in 1813 Regency London, steamy romances, glitzy wardrobes, and provocative scandals, how could viewers resist? For those of us who flew through our binges over holiday break, we investigate what may come next for Bridgerton.

Season 2 hasn't been confirmed yet, but it seems likely.

At this point, Netflix has not yet confirmed the renewal, despite the show's obvious popularity among viewers. However, multiple sites have reported a listing in Production Weekly for a project titled "Bridgerton 02" that will commence in Uxbridge, England in March 2021, hinting that a follow-up season is a go. We are still waiting on official word from Netflix, though.

That bee in the finale could be a hint at the Season 2 plot.

After Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor) and her husband Simon, the Duke of Hastings (Regé-Jean Page) welcome a child at the end of Episode 8, a bee appears in their window. Julia Quinn's readers know it's a nod to the late Bridgerton patriarch, Edmund, who died of an allergic reaction from a bee sting, leaving behind his wife, Violet, and their children behind. The story of his demise is revealed in the prologue of the second Bridgerton novel, The Viscount Who Loved Me, which focuses on the eldest child, Anthony, Esquire points out. Anthony (played by Jonathan Bailey) develops a fear of bees as a result of his father's untimely death.

Because the first season of Bridgerton loosely focused on the first book in the series, The Duke and I, it's possible the second season would focus on the sequel, thus diving deeper into Anthony's life.

Photo credit: NICK BRIGGS/NETFLIX
Photo credit: NICK BRIGGS/NETFLIX

Phoebe Dynevor wants the show to focus more on Anthony too.

"I think, obviously, if we're sticking to the books, it's sort of Anthony's turn now," Dynevor told BAZAAR.com, pointing to her character's older brother. "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," she added.

Daphne and Simon could find more trouble in paradise.

After the prospect of having children nearly tore them apart, the couple (and now new parents) may face new challenges as their story continues, Regé-Jean Page thinks. "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," he told TV Land of what could come of Daphne and Simon's story.

He added, "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."

Photo credit: LIAM DANIEL/NETFLIX
Photo credit: LIAM DANIEL/NETFLIX

Showrunner Chris Van Dusen has a plan to continue the series.

When asked about continuing Bridgerton past the first season, Van Dusen told The Wrap, "It might be too early to talk about at this point. I do have a plan and a vision in my head to success."

He added, "The first season was about Daphne and it followed her relationship, her love story with Simon. And the Bridgerton books [written by Julia Quinn] — 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."

Photo credit: LIAM DANIEL/NETFLIX
Photo credit: LIAM DANIEL/NETFLIX

Lady Whistledown has ideas for Season 2.

The finale episode revealed the big secret behind the mysterious gossip columnist Lady Whistledown: that her infamous scandal sheets are actually penned by the young Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan). Now that her identity has been revealed, how could she play into another season?

"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," Coughlan told BAZAAR. "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."

Coughlan wants to see Penelope "be a young girl and have fun, and hopefully get a little bit more confident." She added that the audience's knowledge of Whistledown's identity is "going to be amazing, because it's like they're in on the secret." Remember, the Londoners of Bridgerton still don't know who Whistledown really is.

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