Everything We Know About 'Bridgerton' Season 2

Oh, the intrigue!

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'Bridgerton' Season 2 cast | Liam Daniel/Netflix
'Bridgerton' Season 2 cast | Liam Daniel/Netflix

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. 

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When will Bridgerton Season 2 come out?

According to the first look of the new season released as part of Netflix's "TUDUM" fan event in September, we'll have to wait until 2022 to see more Bridgerton on our screens. As the show started filming in Uxbridge, England in March, according to Production Weekly's listing of a "Bridgerton 02" on its schedule, filming is probably past done by now, and all we have to do is twiddle our thumbs until another Whistledown memo hits.
 

What is Bridgerton Season 2 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 fiancé's brother, who is now her new fiancé, 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.

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Jonathan Bailey and Simone Ashley | LIAM DANIEL/NETFLIX

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 (née 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: Regé-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. 

In a bit of a temporal twist, The Man in the High Castle's Rupert Evans has been cast as the late Bridgerton patriarch Edmund Bridgerton, who died at a young age due to a bee sting (hence all the bee imagery in the show's opening credits—now you know!!). As the second book in the series focuses on Anthony Bridgerton's romantic life and his relationship with his dead father, expect plenty of emotional flashbacks. 

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