The end of the first season of The Bridgertons left the audience with a bittersweet taste. Perhaps the chemistry between Regé-Jean Page and Phoebe Dynevor had set the screen on fire, in addition to catapulting him to stardom, but they had to face terrible news: the actor would not return to continue playing the Duke of Hastings. With this reference, the public had a justified doubt. Could it be that Jonathan Bailey and Simone Ashley, the romantic couple of the second season, also left permanently? As the reader can guess, from this point on there will be spoilers.
“I will be here when I am needed,” the current Viscount of Bridgerton has clearly stated in an interview for TheWrap. He is clear that he does not want to miss the weddings of his brothers in fiction “from Claudia Jessie, Luke Thompson and Luke Newts to Will Tilson and Florence Hunt”, who play Eloise, Benedict, Colin, Gregory and Hyacinth, who have yet to give the “yes, I do”.
Statement of intents
The current viscount has already announced that he will be in the series when he is needed, and that he will be present at all the weddings that are to come for the Bridgerton brothers.
“We’ll be back! Kate and Anthony have just started,” explained Simone Ashley, now better known as Kate Sharma and the new Viscountess of the Bridgerton mansion, in statements to dead line. After the ordeal experienced during the second season, he hopes that Kate can loosen up a little more and experience love without so much trauma: “They both deserve it.”
And what can you expect from the new chapters? While Bailey is waiting for the moment when Anthony finally has a child (yes, the actor is aware of Julia Quinn’s novels), Sharma wants to see a “courageous”, “less stubborn” Kate and letting herself be carried away by the heart. Her situation, moreover, will have nothing to do with it: she will have to be the lord of the house… taking into account that she will live with her mother-in-law Violet (Ruth Gemmell) and the numerous Bridgerton clan.
It cannot be said, however, that the continuity of Jonathan Bailey and Kate Sharma is a surprise. Perhaps the viewer was surprised by the absence of Regé-Jean Page from the second season: he had been the main incentive to get hooked on the series but the actor had only signed a contract for eight episodes. The reason? Once they were married and the dramatic conflicts between the Duke of Hastings and Daphne had been resolved, keeping them on the payroll made no sense: they were settling far from London.
Executive producer Shonda Rhimes, aware of Page’s unexpected popularity, tried to coax him back on an occasional basis. He was out of luck. The one she did convince was Phoebe Dynevor, who signed a contract to appear in half the episodes. How was her presence and his absence justified? Daphne was going to visit her family for a few days while Simon focused on his business. In this way, a certain continuity was also guaranteed without having the actors tied down in very secondary roles in each episode.
Anthony and Kate are two essential characters as they hold the title of viscounts and are financially responsible for the rest of the Brigertons.
But, in the case of Anthony and Kate, their presence is essential: they are the viscounts and the rest of the Bridgertons depend financially on them. So they have to be there, have their say and meddle in the love life of the unmarried Bridgertons and hopefully the writers will make sure to make them a constant in this romantic series.
for now, The Bridgertons It is already renewed for a third and a fourth season. Creator Chris Van Dusen will hand over the creative reins of the series to Jess Brownell, a regular at Shonda Rhimes’ production company Shondaland, having worked on the production team on Grey’s Anatomy, Walk-In and Scandal, before taking the lead. step as a screenwriter in the last seasons of Scandal and also participate in the miniseries Who is Anna? and the first season of The Bridgertons.
If it is faithful to the Julia Quinn novels, the public can already imagine who the next seasons of the Netflix success will focus on: the third will be Benedict’s turn to find love and in the fourth we will know if Colin and Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan) are made for each other.
If the series is faithful to the Julia Quinn novels, in the third it will be time to focus on Benedict’s future love life and in the fourth it will be Colin’s turn