The first season of Bridgerton premiered on Netflix last Christmas to critical acclaim. 65 million households have watched the sexy historical series, making Bridgerton Netflix’s fifth largest ever season debut of an original series. With eight books in the Bridgerton family series by author Julia Quinn, a second season seems altogether imminent.
Season Two Release Date?
Netflix has yet to officially confirm a second season for Bridgerton. However, there have been unconfirmed reports that production on a second season can begin anyway this March. Given the immense popularity of season one, it’s difficult to imagine Bridgerton not being renewed for a second season. An IGN report from 2018 revealed some clues as to the decision-making process Netflix goes through when deciding to renew a series or not. Some factors beside popularity include:
- Retention rate: How many viewers start a show, and actually finish the show?
- Ownership/Licensing: Who owns the rights to a show? Its it too expensive to pay for to keep on Netflix?
- Variety: Is the show different than other content on Netflix, or just more of the same?
If fans follow said aforementioned criteria in addition to Bridgerton’s immense popularity, it’s highly unlikely that Netflix will not renew the series for a second season. There is the factor of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic to consider as well. Currently the U.K is allowing television and film productions to continue as long as the sets follow strict COVID-19 safety protocols.
What Could Fans Expect From Season Two?
Warning: The following section contains spoilers from “The Viscount Who Loved Me,” the second book in the Bridgerton family series.
Fans of the intoxicating romance between Simon Basset (Rege-Jean Page) and Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor) probably won’t see them as much in Bridgerton season two. Julia Quinn centered each other the Bridgerton books around one sibling a piece. So while “The Duke and I,” (which season one was based on) centered on Daphne, book two focuses on Daphne’s older brother Anthony and his journey to find love. Check out a small excerpt below from, “The Viscount Who Loved Me,” written by Julia Quinn, detailing how Anthony adored his father Edmund.
“Edmund Bridgerton was, quite simply, the very center of Anthony’s world. He was tall, his shoulders were broad, and he could ride a horse as if he’d been born in the saddle. He always knew the answers to arithmetic questions (even when the tutor didn’t), he saw no reasons why his sons should not have a tree house (and then he went and built it himself), and his laugh was the sort that warmed a body from the inside out.”
The mysterious bee that appeared at the end of season one will have more significance to Anthony’s story. It was a bee sting that killed Edmund Bridgerton after all. Edmund’s death convinced Anthony that he was also fated to perish at a young age. Will a new lady love soothe Anthony’s fears?
Hopefully fans will be able to get more of a Bridgerton family fix. The first season was truly one of the best first season debuts of 2020. Here’s to many more Bridgerton seasons, scandal, and romance.