Bridgerton creator Chris Van Dusen and Netflix this morning announced an official Season 2 renewal for the sweeping Regency romance series.
In an interview on Today with Hoda and Jenna, Van Dusen also confirmed that Season 2 will chronicle the marriage pursuits of the eldest Bridgerton sibling, Anthony, played by Jonathan Bailey, as depicted in the second book of Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton series, The Viscount Who Loved Me.
The shift in emphasis raises questions about the future on the Season 1 romantic leads, Regé-Jean Page and Phoebe Dynevor. Their characters’ arc was wrapped up nicely at the end of Season 1, which was based on the first book in Quinn’s series, The Duke and I. It centered on the complicated romance between the eldest Bridgerton daughter, Daphne (Dynevor), and the Duke of Hastings Simon Bassett (Page).
“I hope so,” Van Dusen said when asked whether Page and Dynevor’s characters will be back next season. “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.”
Dynevor shared with Deadline last week that she was in the dark about her future on the show.
“I genuinely have no idea what they’re going to do with the second season, but I imagine if they’re following the books, then it would be Anthony’s journey,” she said. “I’m sure Daphne will end up getting involved. But yeah, I do wonder what it looks like. I’m excited to find out.”
Van Dusen confirmed that production on Season 2 starts in late spring in London for what is believed to be a six-month shoot.