What a happy Valentine’s Day indeed!
On Monday, Netflix gave us a nice surprise: a new trailer for season two of the hit show. Bridgerton. Adapted by Chris Van Dusen from Julia Quinn’s best-selling romance series, the sensuous historical drama wasn’t a cultural phenomenon when it debuted in Christmas 2020. Crazy for the gripping plot, steamy sex scenes, pop quartet covers and the brooding charisma of top man Regé-Jean Page.
In season two, an anonymous gossiper Lady Whistledown, revealed in season one as Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan), returns to rock Regency-era London.
“Dearest gentle reader, do you miss me?” teases Julie Andrews as Whistledown in the trailer. “When our team members questioned my identity and medium, this author was and is doing one thing: hone my skills.” She promises she’s sharpened her knife through clips of the backing cast intently reading her pamphlets, attending big balls, and exchanging flirtatious glances.
The new installment of the Shonda Rhimes-produced series shifts the focus from Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor) to eldest son Viscount Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey). Faced with the pressures of his role in family and community, he has to find a suitable wife even though he is not interested in love. He has his eye on newly-debuted Edwina Sharma (Charithra Chandran), newly arrived from India, and begins a love triangle with her protective sister, Kate (Simone Ashley).
In a tragic development announced last year, breakout star Regé-Jean Page will not be reprising his role as Duke of Hastings Simon Basset (although he may appear in a cameo). But viewers can expect other familiar faces from the first season of the Shondaland show. Of course, Coughlan and Bailey are back with Dynevor appearing as a guest star. Fan favorite Eloise Bridgerton, played by Claudia Jessie, is also among avid readers of Lady Whistledown in the new trailer. Golda Rosheuvel returns as the Ice Queen Charlotte.
Part two of Bridgerton comes to Netflix to relieve audiences of their horrors on March 25.