Bridgerton Season 2 has just started production, which means that one of Netflix's best shows is expected to return later this year or early next year.

The first season of this searing period drama was a huge success for Netflix, becoming the biggest broadcast show of all time with 82 million households tuning in to watch in the first month alone. The show became an instant phenomenon and was quickly renewed for a second season.

With seasons 3 and 4 also confirmed for the Shondaland series, we are going to explain everything we know about the future of the series so far, including cast members joining and leaving for Bridgerton season 2, and what we can expect from the upcoming episodes in terms of story.

Bridgerton Season 2 Release Date: 2022?

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There is no official release date yet for the Bridgerton season.. Since the first season landed on Christmas Day 2020, Bridgerton Season 2 is likely to air in late 2021.

When Bridgerton Season 2 was announced in a message from Lady Whistledown shared on the show's official Twitter account (see above), said production would resume in "Spring 2021." Throughout February and March, Nicola Coughlan (who plays Penelope Featherington on the show) provided some social media updates on clothing and hairstyles that were already in progress. It's not known if filming has just begun at the time of publication, but according to The Hollywood Reporter, the first table reading took place in London on March 29.

With Covid-19 restrictions still in place in the UK, production may have to proceed at a slower pace than expected., making early 2022 a more likely option for Bridgerton's Season 2.

TechRadar's UK office is based in Bath, where part of the series is filmed. If we notice them filming, we'll let them know what we're seeing.

Bridgerton Season 2 Cast: Who Should Return?

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Unsurprisingly, all of the Bridgerton brothers will be back for Season 2: Claudia Jessie will return as Eloise, Luke Newton as Colin, Luke Thompson will continue to play Benedict, and Ruth Gemmell will return as the Lady's dowager matriarch. Violet family. Ruby Stokes, Will Tilston and Florence Hunt are set to return as youngsters Francesca, Gregory and Hyacinth Bridgerton. Phoebe Dynevor will reprise her role as Daphne, but will give up the lead role to Jonathan Bailey's Anthony.

Anthony is getting a new girlfriend named Kate Sharma, who will be played by Simone Ashley of Sex Education, according to Deadline. She is described as the stubborn and intelligent older sister of Edwina, who in turn will be played by Charithra Chandran, while Shelley Conn will play her mother, Mary. Calam Lynch will apparently introduce him as Theo Sharpe in Season 2, and Rupert Young will join the series as Jack.

They are also expected to return Lady Danbury (Adjoa Andoh), Queen Charlotte (Golda Rosheuvel), and gossip milliner Genevieve Delacroix (Kathryn Drysdale), along with most of the Featherington family, including Penelope (Nicola Coughlan) and Lady Portia (Polly Walker) and their two other daughters Prudence (Bessie Carter) and Philippa (Harriet Cains).

Actor Ben Miller, whose character Lord Featherington died at the end of season 1, is not expected to, come back in bridgerton season 2. On a similar note, it seems unlikely that some characters whose arcs ended in season 1 return, like Marina Thompson (Ruby Barker) and opera singer Siena (Sabrina Bartlett), for example. After the season 1 finale revealed Lady Whistledown's true identity, it's also unclear if Julie Andrews will voice her again.

Bridgerton Season 2 will not feature Regé-Jean Page

In early April, Netflix announced on Twitter that rising star Regé-Jean Page would not be reprising his role as Simon Bassett, also known as the Duke of Hastings, in the second season of Bridgerton.

For those familiar with the Julia Quinn Bridgerton novels on which the series is based, might not have been that surprising: each book in the series follows a different Bridgerton brother, and Simon's arc ended with his marriage. With Daphné is the first book, Le duc et moi.

But the news was quite surprising for fans of the series, especially since they were hoping that Simon would help his best friend Anthony find love in season 2.; the latter informed Daphne and Simon of his plans to "quickly find and declare my intentions to my new viscountess" in the last episode of season 1, after Siena has moved on with another man.

Responding to the news of his departure, Page explained that he had only signed on for one season and that this limited commitment was something that appealed to him from the start.: "It's a one-season arc. It's going to have a beginning, a middle, an end," he told Variety of the producers' first conversations with him. "It's interesting" because it seemed like a limited series then. I can come in, I can make my contribution, and then the Bridgerton family will carry on.

Having said that, According to The Hollywood Reporter, Page turned down a five-episode deal for Bridgerton season 2., with a reported rate of $50.000 per episode to focus on his growing film career.

In announcing Page's departure, the show assured fans that this would not erase her character from the show's world, adding that "Daphne will continue to be a devoted wife and sister, helping her brother navigate. On the upcoming social season and what she has to offer. Still, that won't be as comforting to fans of the actor.

Bridgerton season 2 story: what we can guess from the books

Potential spoilers for Bridgerton, season 2 follows, as we explore how the books could match up with the shows.

The Netflix series will likely follow the same structure as Bridgerton's series of novels, with each season taking on a book. Book Two, The Viscount Who Loved Me, is dedicated to Anthony's search for a wife, as mentioned.

In season 2, Anthony becomes engaged to Mary's youngest daughter, Edwina, but as the marriage approaches, the elder Bridgerton finds himself inexplicably drawn to Edwina's older sister, Kate.

Bailey opened up about her hopes for her character on Decider in 2020, saying: “I think if everyone can find their Kate, then they are very lucky. So yeah, I'm excited for Anthony. I really care about him. If I fall in love vicariously through him, with an amazing actress playing Kate, then it will be amazing. I just want it to be okay. I want to see him smile. And I want to see him dance. Because he deserves the happiness offered to other characters much earlier in his life ».

Bailey also spoke to Entertainment Weekly about what Kate will bring to the show: “I hope she meets someone who is as stubborn and offended by Anthony as all of us. I hope she is the voice of the audience and then they find something together."

As for the other Bridgertons, Eloise will be making her company debut now that her older sister Daphné has married. But the navigation is unlikely to go smoothly, as her mother hoped. "She's going to turn things around and pull her hair out," the Eloise star said. Claudia Jessie at Harper's Bazaar. "I'm excited about this. But I would really like to see Eloise really own every space that she finds herself in." She should help her free herself from the shadow of her perfect older sister."

Her character will also have to accept that her best friend Penelope is Lady Whistledown., and we wonder how the news will be taken. “I can't imagine what it's going to be. It's a huge shock to a friendship,” Jessie continued. “You have this woman, this character, this mysterious writer that Eloise basically has a little crush on and she wants to be best friends with her a little bit, she lied to her, she wrote about her family and caused scandals. To me, this is the most convincing thing in the world. »

This should be the basis for a lot of drama in Bridgerton season 2.

Bridgerton seasons 3 and 4 have already been confirmed by Netflix

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In April of 2021, it was confirmed that Netflix had ordered Bridgerton for a third and fourth season. If it continued at the same pace as the novels, Bridgerton season 3 will focus on Benedict and his Cinderella story with the fascinating Sophie Beckett, the daughter of an earl relegated to the role of servant by her stepmother. In the meantime, Bridgerton season 4 (probably based on book four, Romancing Mister Bridgerton), is about Penelope and Colin.

Speaking to Digital Spy about his intentions for the future of the series ahead of the announcement, series creator Chris Van Dusen said: "The basis of the first season is really the love story of Simon and Daphne. We focus on Bridgerton's oldest daughter, Daphne. But we do know that there are eight Bridgerton books or eight Bridgerton brothers, and I wish I could explore stories of love and romance for all of them."

Obviously, Netflix doesn't intend to let this show go anywhere - eight seasons doesn't seem unlikely at this point.

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