In what isn’t too much of a surprise, considering the continuous buzz the show has been receiving since its arrival, Netflix has confirmed that Bridgerton season 2 is indeed on the way.
The streaming giant has announced a second-season renewal for the period drama series, a bonafide hit from executive producer Shonda Rhimes’ Shondaland production company and creator Chris Van Dusen (producer and writer on Rhimes’ Scandal).
Part of the announcement, appropriately, came in the form of a report penned by Lady Whistledown, the show’s goss-reporting narrator voiced by Julie Andrews. Also confirmed in the Lady’s report: the next Bridgerton sibling to be the focus of chapter two.
“This author has been reliably informed that Lord Anthony Bridgerton intends to dominate the social season,” reads the special edition of Lady Whistledown’s Society Papers, which you can check out in full beneath Netflix’s video promo below. “I will have my pen ready to report on any and all of his romantic activities.”
Jonathan Bailey will be reprising his role as Anthony Bridgerton, the eldest of the Bridgerton siblings, in a chapter that will chronicle his search for a suitable bride.
The series is following the trajectory of Julia Quinn’s book series, which focuses on a different Bridgerton sibling in each of the eight books. There’s no word as yet on who will be playing Kate Sheffield, Anthony’s romantic interest in book two, The Viscount Who Loved Me.
“We have a bunch of new characters we are going to be introducing,” Van Dusen said in an interview on Today with Hoda and Jenna. “Anthony is going to have a love interest next season, and I think it’s going to be as sweeping and moving and as beautiful as viewers of the first season have come to expect from the show.”
The spotlight’s move to Anthony was teased at the end of the first season, when he and opera singer Siena called it quits.
“We left him at the end of the first season at a bit of a crossroads, so I’m looking forward to jumping in and discovering how he fares on the marriage market,” Van Dusen said.
And as for the first season’s couple? Daphne (played by Phoebe Dynevor) and the Duke of Hastings Simon (Regé-Jean Page) concluded an arc at the end of season 1, but there nevertheless remains a chance their threads will continue – even if in a smaller capacity.
“I hope so,” Van Dusen said about Page and Dynevor’s potential return. “They are now of course the Duke and Duchess of Hastings, but in my mind they will always be Bridgertons and I think they will always be part of the show.”
Bridgerton has proven to be quite the hit for Netflix. Earlier this month the streamer announced that a whopping 63 million households tuned in to check out the series following its December 25 launch, making it the fifth-largest Netflix original series launch thus far.
Season 2 of Bridgerton will begin filming in the UK this coming spring.