In a year defined by unpredictability and chaos, arguably the least surprising thing to happen in 2020 was the success of Netflix’s Bridgerton.
The Regency era drama, which is produced by Shonda Rhimes, became a major hit for the streaming platform, prompting immediate talk amongst fans about the show's plans for more episodes. So, is Season 2 of Bridgerton happening? Netflix confirmed via a special edition of Lady Whistledown’s Society Paper that the show will go on.
Will there be a Season 2 of 'Bridgerton'?
Before the official renewal, Production Weekly announced that a shooting schedule for Season 2 had been in the pipeline for nearly a year. According to insiders, COVID-19 already delayed the start of filming by more than six months before the renewal announcement, but now filming is set to officially begin in the spring of 2021.
Actress Phoebe Dynevor, who plays leading lady Daphne Bridgerton, admitted in a recent interview with Deadline that the odds of returning to set were not looking good. "I can’t imagine how it would be possible to film under these circumstances," she told the publication.
"There are so many extras and so many crew members, and it’s a very intimate show," the 25-year-old continued. "It just baffles me how we would film it under COVID rules unless there was a vaccine beforehand."
Luckily, production found a way to resume filming in a safe manner. However, if Season 2 of Bridgerton does begin shooting in the spring of 2021, fans likely won’t see any new episodes until 2022, given the series’ lengthy production schedule. You can't force perfection, you know.
What is Season 2 of 'Bridgerton' about?
The show is based on a series of novels by Julia Quinn, so Season 2 will follow the plot of her second book, The Viscount Who Loved Me. Each of the eight novels in the series is focused on a different Bridgerton sibling, meaning that Daphne’s older brother, Anthony Bridgerton, will be the focus of the next installment as he prepares to get married.
The actor behind Anthony, Jonathan Bailey, told Decider that he’s ready to tackle the next chapter. "I’m excited for Anthony. I really care for him," the 32-year-old Brit said of his character.
"If I get to fall in love vicariously through him… then that’s going to be amazing. I just want him to be OK. I want to see him smile," Jonathan added. "It’s going to be brilliant, whatever they decide to do. There’s a lot of Anthony to evolve, I think."
Though Daphne’s love story with the Duke of Hastings, Simon Basset, will no longer be the focal point, Phoebe is hopeful that the beloved couple will appear in future seasons.
"I genuinely have no idea what they’re going to do with the second season," the Younger star confessed in her chat with Deadline. "I’m sure Daphne will end up getting involved. But yeah, I do wonder what it looks like. I’m excited to find out."
As far as showrunner Chris Van Dusen is concerned, there’s more than enough material to make eight seasons. "I would love to be able to focus and really tell stories and love stories for all the Bridgerton siblings," he shared.
You can binge all eight episodes of Bridgerton’s first season on Netflix now.