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Everything We Know About 'Bridgerton' Season 2

Oh, the intrigue!

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After Netflix viewers blazed through the first, all-too-short season of the streaming service's new Regency era romance series Bridgerton from Shonda Rhimes, the only thing on their minds, apart from all those steamy sex scenes and that shocking last-minute reveal (no spoilers!), was: When will we get more??? When will we find out what happens next with Daphne and Simon's relationship? Benedict's art career? Poor Marina Thompson's love life? Lady Whistledown's schemes? All will surely be revealed in Season 2, whenever that happens. Here's what we know about it. 

Has Bridgerton been renewed for Season 2?

Indeed it has! Lady Whistledown herself announced the momentous news, teasing that Lord Anthony Bridgerton, brother of last season's main character Daphne Bridgerton, will "dominate the social season," no doubt inflicting his horrid personality on any lady unlucky enough to step into his line of sight. Exciting! 

And that's not all: Lady Whistledown herself (via the Bridgerton official account) announced that the show has been renewed for TWO MORE seasons after that, through Season 4. 

When will Bridgerton Season 2 come out? 

With filming schedules still complicated by the pandemic, it's likely we won't see another season until December 2021, at the earliest. Lady Whistledown's announcement gives no particulars about when we can expect the premiere, but does mention that production will be underway in spring 2021, confirming Production Weekly's listing of a "Bridgerton 02" on its schedule for filming in Uxbridge, England in March. 
 

What could it be about?

Now that we (and only we, sorry Eloise, keep trying) know exactly who Lady Whistledown is, it gives more of an air of intrigue to the proceedings—and calls into question the behavior of the revealed one. How are we supposed to read her behavior from now on? Will more people find out? How will they react? Will it be Queen Charlotte who finally unmasks the secret scribe? What happens then?

We also know, thanks to a flash-forward, that Daphne and Simon are for sure having a child, but whether the show picks up from that moment remains to be seen. It's likely that they'll have to go through a few more rounds of reconciliation before they can be a perfectly happy family. And there's no telling what madness Marina Thompson and her dead fiancĂ©'s brother, who is now her new fiancĂ©, will get up to in the meantime. 

Most pressing, perhaps, is the Featheringtons' estate ownership crisis in the wake of their patriarch's untimely death. We don't know who the newly arrived heir will turn out to be, but Lady Featherington didn't seem too overjoyed when she read that letter. Does this spell even more trouble for her daughters' prospects, and for Penelope's unrequited love for utterly clueless Colin Bridgerton? Bro
 leave now for Greece before it's too late. 

We do know for sure that Season 2 will take another cue from the books, which tend to focus on a different character per installment. Season 2 will be Anthony's season, based on Quinn's second book in the series The Viscount Who Loved Me, in which he will, hopefully, get wifed up posthaste. 

Who will be in the cast?

It's likely that many from the previous season will return (minus the casualties). That includes Phoebe Dynevor as Daphne Hastings (nĂ©e Bridgerton), Jonathan Bailey as Anthony Bridgerton, Ruth Gemmell as Violet Bridgerton, Golda Rosheuvel as Queen Charlotte, Nicola Coughlan as Penelope Featherington, and Polly Walker as Portia Featherington. It's likely that Julie Andrews will return to voice Lady Whistledown, even though we know Whistledown's voice is a much different one. 

We do know for sure that one major character from Season 1 will not be coming back, and it's a shocker: RegĂ©-Jean Page, who played love interest Simon Bassett, Duke of Hastings, will not return for Season 2, since the next season really has nothing to do with him. The news was announced via Lady Whistledown herself, who explained, "Daphne will remain a devoted wife and sister, helping her brother navigate the upcoming social season and what it has to offer—more intrigue and romance than my readers may be able to bear." Simon's story on the show was apparently always meant to be a one-season arc. 

Sex Education's Simone Ashley has been cast as Kate Sharma (changed up a bit from the book character Kate Sheffield), Anthony's love interest and "spirited schemer," the "most meddlesome woman to ever grace a London ballroom." Oh boy. Sounds like Anthony's met his match. 

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Emma Stefansky is a staff entertainment writer at Thrillist. Follow her on Twitter @stefabsky.
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