The news was announced on Bridgerton’s official Instagram account with one of Lady Whistledown’s society papers which reads, in part, “Bridgerton shall officially return for a second season. I do hope you have stored a bottle of Ratafia for this most delightful occasion.”
The first season of the show, which stars Phoebe Dynevor as Daphne Bridgerton, was an unbridled success with viewers delighting in the decadent costumes and simmering sex scenes.
Adapted from the first novel in Julia Quinn’s hugely popular series, season one follows Daphne, the eldest daughter of the powerful Bridgerton family, as she enters Regency London’s competitive marriage market.
Hoping to follow in her parents’ footsteps and find a match sparked by true love, Daphne’s prospects initially seem to be unrivalled. But as her older brother begins to rule out her potential suitors, the high society scandal sheet written by the mysterious Lady Whistledown (voiced by Julie Andrews) casts aspersions on Daphne.
When Daphne meets the elusive Duke of Hastings (Regé-Jean Page), their attraction is undeniable and sparks fly as they find themselves engaged in an increasing battle of wits while navigating society’s expectations for their future.
Season two will likely follow suit, taking its cues from Quinn’s second written instalment: The Viscount Who Loved Me. The next book in the series shifts its focus away from Daphne to her eldest brother, Anthony (Jonathan Bailey) who decides to marry, setting his sights on the young Edwina Sheffield to become his wife. Naturally, things get complicated for Anthony when Edwina’s sister attempts to thwart the marriage with the two developing a spark of their own.
It is expected that much of the season one cast, including Dynevor and Page, will return for the second along with yet-to-be-announced new additions.
Filming on the second season is scheduled to commence in March 2021, but could potentially be impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Dynevor has previously told Deadline about her excitement at the possibility of more Bridgerton, and her wariness of the practicalities of shooting in a pandemic. “I can’t imagine how it would be possible to film under these circumstances… There are so many extras and so many crew members, and it’s a very intimate show,” Dynevor said. “It just baffles how we would film it under COVID rules unless there was a vaccine beforehand.”
There is no word, as yet, on when Bridgerton season two will be available to watch on Netflix, but we are sure Lady Whistledown will keep us in the loop as soon as more information becomes available.
In the meantime, you can fill the void Bridgerton left in your heart by listening to the audiobook Bridgerton: The Duke & I by Julia Quinn on Audible.