Bridgerton Season 2 is one of the most highly-anticipated shows coming to Netflix this month. Created by Chris Van Dusen and produced by Shonda Rhimes, the streamy period drama is based on Julia Quinn's novels set in the competitive world of Regency era London. The first season premiered on Netflix on December 25, 2020, and it became the most-watched Netflix series, with a viewership of 82 million households, and it remains the second most-watched series on the platform (Squid Game beat its record).
In January 21, 2021, Netflix renewed the series for a second season, and now, fans are excited for the new episodes.
Bridgerton follows the romantic stories of each sibling in the Bridgerton family as they try to find a partner amidst the ballrooms and Lady Whistledown's pamphlets. Season 1 focused on Daphne (Phoebe Dynevor), the eldest daughter, as she searches for her desired match, and it turns out to be the Duke of Hastings (Rége-Jean Page). The audience have "burned" for their romance, but Season 2 will shift the focus to Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey).
Table of Contents
- Bridgerton Season 2 Release Date: When will it premiere on Netflix?
- Bridgerton Season 2 Cast: Who's returning and who are the newcomers?
- Bridgerton Season 2 Episode Titles: What are the eight new episodes called?
- Bridgerton Season 2 Plot: What novel will it be based on?
- What happens in the second novel of Bridgerton ?
- Why did Regé-Jean Page exit Bridgerton ?
- Bridgerton Season 2 Trailers: Has Netflix released trailers and teasers?
- Bridgerton Season 2 News: Are there any other updates
- Bridgerton Season 2 News: What are other news for the new season?
Here's everything we know about Bridgerton Season 2 so far, including release date, plot, cast, trailer, and the latest news.
Bridgerton Season 2 Release Date: When will it premiere on Netflix?
Bridgerton Season 2 is set to release on Netflix on Friday, March 25, 2022.
The release date was confirmed on Christmas Day via a cast video that featured Season 2's lead stars Jonathan Bailey and Simone Ashley.
A tweet written in the voice of Lady Whistledown read: "Dear readers, I know my absence has only made your hearts grow fonder; however, you will not have to wait much longer."
Filming for Season 2 started in the spring of 2021 after multiple delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and production wrapped up in November 2021.
On Nov. 20, showrunner Chris Van Dusen tweeted: "That’s a wrap on season 2! So proud of this cast and crew who brought their A-games to work each and every day in this very challenging year. And these two in this photo with me right here. Words are not enough. Coming in [flame emojis] in 2022 #Bridgerton #SeasonTwo #BuckleUp".
Van Dusen was joined by actors Jonathan Bailey and Simone Ashley for a beaming photo.
Bridgerton Season 2 Cast: Who's returning and who are the newcomers?
Bridgerton Season 2 will no longer focus on Daphne (Phoebe Dynevor) and Simon Basset, the Duke of Hastings (Regé-Jean Page).While Dynevor will return to play Daphne as a supporting player in her older brother's love story, Page will not return for Season 2 as his departure from the series was confirmed in April 2021.
The new season will focus on the romance between Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey) and his potential bride Kate Sharma (Simone Ashley).
Edwina Sharma, Kate's sister who will be involved in Anthony's love story, will be played by newcomer Charithra Chandran.
The girls' mother, Lady Mary Sharma, will be played by Shelley Conn; and the rebellious printer assistant will be played by Theo Sharpe.
Merlin star Rupert Young has also joined the cast as Jack.
Rupert Evans will play Edmund Bridgerton, the husband of Violet Bridgerton who takes pride in guiding his eldest son Anthony through life.
The first-look images also revealed that Claudia Jessie (Eloise Bridgerton), Adjoa Andoh (Lady Danbury), Ruth Gemmell (Lady Violet Bridgerton) and Luke Thompson (Benedict Bridgerton) will return for Season 2.
Julie Andrews returns as the voice of Lady Whistledown.
It's still unclear whether Marina Thompson (Ruby Barker) will return in the story, having married her dead lover's brother so that her unborn child could be born in wedlock. The couple were last seen driving away from Featherington House. If you've read the books, you'd know that Marina Thompson plays an important role in Eloise's story.
Ben Miller, who played Lord Featherington, will not return in Season 2.
Bridgerton Season 2 Episode Titles: What are the eight new episodes called?
The episode titles of Bridgerton Season 2 are:
Episode 1 - Capital R Rake
Episode 2 - Off to the Races
Episode 3 - A Bee in Your Bonnet
Episode 4 - Victory
Episode 5 - An Unthinkable Fate
Episode 6 - The Choice
Episode 7- Harmony
Episode 8 - The Viscount Who Loved Me
Bridgerton Season 2 Plot: What novel will it be based on?
As mentioned above, there will be a shift in focus towards Anthony Bridgerton and Kate Sharma in Bridgerton Season 2. The first season only covers the first novel of Julia Quinn's series of Bridgerton novels, The Duke and I, and now, Season 2 will be moving on to the second novel, The Viscount Who Loved Me, which focuses on Anthony and Kate Sheffield (renamed Kate Sharma in the Netflix series).
Speaking to Collider, showrunner Chris Van Dusen said: "The first season was primarily about Daphne and her love story with Simon. But, this being a family of eight children and there being eight books, I would love to be able to focus and really tell stories and love stories for all the Bridgerton siblings. For each character, for sure."
Season 2 will hopefully hopefully pick up where the first season left off. In the finale of Season 1 a voiceover from Lady Whistledown (Julie Andrews) tells viewers:"Of course, there are other endings that will offer new beginnings."
After the untimely death of Lord Featherington (Ben Miller), it's likely that we will soon find out more about the heir of the Featherington state, and how it will affect the forunes of Penelope and her two sisters.
Based on what was revealed so far, it looks like Season 2 will delve into the past. Rupert Evans has been cast to play Edmund Bridgerton, who died before the events of Season 2. He's Lady Violet's husband and father of Anthony, Daphne, and co. According to Netflix, "Edmund is a loving and devoted husband, whose true love match with Violet Bridgerton gave them eight perfect children. He's also an endlessly patient and kind father, who takes special pride in guiding his eldest son Anthony through life."
There are also subplots from Season 1 that fans expect to continue. Will Eloise (Claudia Jessie) consider getting married despite her reluctance? Will Penelope confess her feelings to Colin Bridgerton (Luke Newton)?
We might see more scenes between Lady Danbury (Adjoa Andoh) and Queen Charlotte (Golda Rosheuvel).
What happens in the second novel of Bridgerton?
The blurb for the second Bridgerton novel, The Viscount Who Loved Me, reads: "Anthony Bridgerton hasn’t just decided to marry – he’s even chosen a wife! The only obstacle is his intended’s older sister, Kate Sheffield – the most meddlesome woman ever to grace a London ballroom. The spirited schemer is driving Anthony mad with her determination to stop the betrothal, but when he closes his eyes at night, Kate is the woman haunting his increasingly erotic dreams.
"Contrary to popular belief, Kate is quite sure that reformed rakes do not make the best husbands – and Anthony Bridgerton is the most wicked rogue of them all. Kate is determined to protect her sister – but she fears her own heart is vulnerable. And when Anthony’s lips touch hers, she’s suddenly afraid she might not be able to resist the reprehensible rake herself…"
Why did Regé-Jean Page exit Bridgerton?
In April 2021, a letter from Lady Whistledown herself revealed that we will "bid adieu" to Regé-Jean Page, who will not be returning for Season 2.
Speaking to Variety, Page said that Bridgerton Season 1 was pitched to him by Shondaland producers as a self-contained story for the Duke of Hastings: "It’s a one-season arc. It’s going to have a beginning, middle, end – give us a year."
The actor added: “[I thought] ‘That’s interesting,’ because then it felt like a limited series. I get to come in, I get to contribute my bit and then the Bridgerton family rolls on... 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."
According to a report by THR, "sources close to the show" have said Page was offered an opportunity to return as a guest star in a handful of Season 2 episodes, for a rate of $50,000 an episode, but he reportedly declined. Netflix didn't share an official comment about this.
However, during a September 2021 interview with the British GQ, Page refused to confirm or deny his absence. "I couldn’t possibly tell you!” He said, “Isn’t there something wonderful about being surprised by what you weren’t suspecting?”
Bridgerton Season 2 Trailers: Has Netflix released trailers and teasers?
Last September, during Netflix's TUDUM event, the streaming giant released a first look at Bridgerton Season 2, featuring Anthony and Kate:
On Feb. 14, Netflix released a trailer for Bridgerton Season 2.
“Dearest Gentle Reader,” the teaser begins, narrated by Julie Andrews, who voices Lady Whistledown. She then goes on to say that as the search to discover who she is has escalated, she's been "honing my skills — no, even better: I’ve been sharpening my knives.”
On March 9, Netflix released a new trailer for Bridgerton Season 2 that features more romance, nudity, and drama. You can watch the trailer below:
On March 18, Netflix also released a new video summing up everything the streamer can tell us about Bridgerton Season 2:
Bridgerton Season 2 News: Are there any other updates
Bridgerton Season 2 New Character Posters
In early March 2022, Netflix released a series of character poster featuring the fresh and familiar faces, including Anthony, Kate, and her sister Edwina, but Daphne Bridgerton is absent here.
Bridgerton Season 2 News: What are other news for the new season?
Simone Ashley Opens Up on Her Challenges Playing Kate
Simone Ashley, who plays Lady Kate, has opened-up about her experience of playing a role portraying Regency England, as well as the challenges she faced along the way. She admitted that when it came to wearing a corset, she made a grave error on her first day.
Speaking to Glamour Magazine, she said, "On my first day, I was like, 'OK, first day as a leading lady, got to eat lots of food, be really energised'. So, I had this massive portion of salmon and that's when I needed to be sick, basically because I was wearing the corset."
She continued: "I realised when you wear the corset, you just don't eat. It changes your body. I had a smaller waist very momentarily. Then the minute you stop wearing it, you're just back to how your body is. I had a lot of pain with the corset, too, I think I tore my shoulder at one point!"
Bridgerton Season 2 Red Carpet Premiere
On March 22, 2022, Netflix rolled out a red carpet premiere event for Bridgerton Season 2, which took place in at London's Tate Modern. Fans were able to watch the event live online via Netflix's YouTube channel. A new clip from Bridgerton Season 2 debuted at the event.
Update: You can now watch the event on YouTube here: