Regé-Jean Page Explains Leaving 'Bridgerton' Ahead of Season 2

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If your friend is asking for Netflix recommendations, chances are you'll immediately point them to Bridgerton.

The first season of the Emmy-nominated period drama series, produced by Grey's Anatomy's Shonda Rhimes, follows the scandal-filled story of Daphne Bridgerton and Simon Basset as they create a romantic scheme to please their marriage-minded family members, London high society, and the mysterious gossip columnist Lady Whistledown (voiced by Julie Andrews). Bridgerton is currently nominated at the 2021 Emmys in three major categories: Best Drama, Best Actor (Regé-Jean Page) and Directing for a Drama Series (Julie Anne Robinson).

Since the series is based on best-selling romance author Julia Quinn's eight-novel Bridgerton collection, fans of the books already know what will likely happen to the Featheringtons and Bridgertons when the show returns for a second season. But for those who haven't yet indulged in the books, or are simply anxious to see what Shonda does with the next installment, keep on scrolling to get more details about season 2.

When will season 2 of Bridgerton come out on Netflix?

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It's expected that Bridgerton season 2 will premiere sometime in 2022.

Netflix announced the second installment of the show on Instagram with a video. There was also a special edition of Lady Whistledown’s Society Paper posted letting readers know that the Bridgerton cast would return to production in spring 2021, this time with a focus on Anthony (Jonathan Bailey).

“This author has been reliably informed that Lord Anthony Bridgerton intends to dominate the social season,” the pamphlet reads. “I will have my pen ready to report on any and all of his romantic activities.”

Who will be in the Bridgerton season 2 cast?

First off, we have some terrible news to get out of the way — the Duke of Hastings (Regé-Jean Page) will not be part of season 2. Lady Whistledown announced recently that while Daphne (Phoebe Dynevor) is expected to return to the series, the show is bidding adieu to Simon for the time being.

So why is Regé-Jean Page exiting the series, you ask? According to the actor himself, it was all part of the plan for his character when he first signed on.

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"It’s a one-season arc. It’s going to have a beginning, middle, end — give us a year," he told Variety, also adding that he liked the setup because it "felt like a limited series."

He continued: "I have nothing but excitement for Bridgerton continuing to steam train off and conquer the globe. But there is also value in completing these arcs and sticking the landing."

Sigh, we'll miss him dearly. But the good news is, we are expecting to see the below actors return in some capacity (unless we're later told otherwise):

  • Nicola Coughlan as Penelope Featherington

  • Jonathan Bailey as Anthony Bridgerton

  • Luke Newton as Colin Bridgerton

  • Claudia Jessie as Eloise Bridgerton

  • Luke Thompson as Benedict Bridgerton

  • Ruth Gemmell as Lady Violet Bridgerton

  • Polly Walker as Lady Portia Featherington

  • Adjoa Andoh as Lady Danbury

  • Golda Rosheuvel as Queen Charlotte

  • Ruby Barker as Marina Thompson

  • Jessica Madsen as Cressida Cowper

On February 15, Netflix shared that Simone Ashley is joining the Bridgerton cast in season 2 to play Kate Sharma, Anthony's love interest. "Kate is a smart, headstrong young woman who suffers no fools — Anthony Bridgerton very much included," the streaming service's announcement tweet reads. We also know that Charithra Chandran will play Edwina Sharma and Rupert Young will play Jack, a new character not in the books.

In April, Deadline confirmed two more cast additions — Shelley Conn and Calam Lynch.

Are there any season 2 spoilers?

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If you're a Julia Quinn novel enthusiast, then you likely picked up on the significance of the tiny bee at the very end of the season 1 finale. In Julia's second book, The Viscount Who Loved Me, Anthony becomes Viscount Bridgerton when his dad dies suddenly from a bee sting. Throughout the rest of the novel, bees become an important part of the story as Anthony's love interest, Kate, gets stung by one later on in the book.

Now that it's confirmed that the show will continue to follow the novels (season 1 correlated to the events that unfold in Julia's first Bridgerton book, The Duke and I), season 2 will focus much more on Anthony's quest to finding the perfect match than it will on Simon and Daphne's life together.

Showrunner Chris Van Dusen pretty much confirmed this to be the case when speaking to Collider.com about the show's future. "I think we've done some work in season 1 to set up other characters. We really dig into Anthony's love story. We're really exploring Benedict as well, and Collin, and Eloise's relationship. I think it's a deep well of story for us to explore," he said.

In fact, it's Chris's hope that all eight romance novels – each focusing on a different character's journey to finding love — will get their own season on Netflix eventually.

How can I watch and stream Bridgerton season 2 episodes?

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The entire first season of Bridgerton is available to stream exclusively on Netflix. A subscription to Netflix starts at $8.99 per month and is supported on several types of smart TVs, game consoles, set-top boxes, Blu-ray players, smartphones, tablets, PCs, and laptops.

What are all the Julia Quinn novels I can read while waiting for season 2 of Bridgerton?

If you simply cannot wait until 2022 to find out what may happen next (hey, we don't blame you), you can pass the time reading all eight of the Bridgerton books now in the below order:

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