Dearest readers, it appears Bridgerton season two is almost upon us, meaning more scandal, romance, and debauchery is imminent. We shall, of course, be left wanting for at least a season as production shan’t begin until spring 2021. But never fear, eager readers, as there will be plenty of gossip to impart as we await the return of our favorite lords and ladies…and, of course, our dashing rake of a duke. In fact, rumor has it a new lady will be introduced that has attracted the attention of one Lord Anthony Bridgerton….
Okay, I’ll stop now. But seriously, ever since the moment Netflix announced on January 21 that Bridgerton season two is officially in the works, my Twitter timeline has been celebrating. However, many fans of the show aren’t theorizing about what might be in store for the Duke of Hastings (Regé-Jean Page) and Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor) or even Phoebe (Nicola Coughlan).
After Netflix confirmed through a note from Lady Whistledown herself that season two will center on Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey), fans of the novels by Julia Quinn are getting hyped to meet a woman named Kate Sheffield.
So who is Kate Sheffield, and why is Twitter excited about her? Here’s what you need to know.
She is a main character in the second book, The Viscount Who Loves Me. In the book, drama ensues when Anthony is set to marry Kate’s younger sister, but she deems him unworthy of her sister’s affections. I mean, at the end of the first season, he basically said he’d choose literally anyone to be his wife and “remove love from the equation,” so I wouldn’t want him anywhere near my little sister, either!
Anyway, they fall for each other, and it’s basically the enemies-to-lovers story we all know and obsess over.
But wait, what about opera singer Siena Rosso (Sabrina Bartlett)? Well, in the books, Anthony’s affair with Siena is mentioned only in passing, but here’s what creator Chris Van Dusen told Entertainment Weekly before season two was announced:
“If we’re going to tell Anthony’s story in a later season, I always found it interesting to figure out what would have happened to Anthony before he came in the book. Exploring his background and giving him real texture and backstory.”
As for Siena, Van Dusen told EW that it was “too early to say” how she will play a part in the second season. “There’s always going to be differences from source material, but the fans of the books are going to see that the elements they love of the books on screen too,” he promised.
Who will play Kate Sheffield? On February 15, Netflix and Van Dusen announced the role was going to Sex Education actor Simone Ashley:
And actually, her name is Kate Sharma now. Fans area eager to see this new direction for the beloved character, and the ways the show continues to embrace diversity within a period setting.
Originally Appeared on Glamour